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Klaus von Stosch

Since 1 October 2021, Klaus Von Stosch has been a professor at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Bonn, where he holds the “Schlegel” Chair of Excellence for “systematic theology with a special focus on societal challenges”.

Stosch studied Catholic theology from 1991 to 1997 at the University of Bonn and the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. In 2001, he completed his doctorate in dogmatics with Karl-Heinz Menke. In 2005, he completed his habilitation with Jürgen Werbick at the University of Münster for fundamental theology. Since the winter semester 2008/2009 Stosch has been professor for systematic theology and didactics at the University of Paderborn. Stosch played a central role in founding the Centre for Comparative Theology and Cultural Studies at the University of Paderborn, which he has been directing from 2009 to 2021.

Research stays have taken von Stosch to the Center for the Study of World Religions at the US Harvard Divinity School and the University of Religions and Denominations in Qom, Iran .

In 2009, he was awarded the Research Prize of the University of Paderborn for his project “Islam in Germany – Intercultural and Interreligious Discourse in Literature” (with Prof. Dr. Michael Hofman).

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Universität Bonn - Germany

Theology of Prophecy in Dialogue (Bonn)

Research group of the University of Paderborn.
The Qur’anic approach to prophecy challenges Jewish and Christian perspectives for a variety of reasons. The Qur’an seems to have some concrete features of prophets in mind that are not completely coherent with the Biblical tradition. Moreover, it is the selection of prophets within the Qur’an that is idiosyncratic and confusing from Jewish and Christian perspectives. For example, important prophets, such as Isaiah and Jeremiah, do not appear by name in the Qurʾan but Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, considered as patriarchs in the Bible, are named prophets in the Qur´an.

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Qur’anic Approaches to Jesus Christ in the Perspective of Comparative Theology (Closed)

The project will therefore scrutinize whether it is feasible, from a particularly Christian perspective, to recognize the Quranic appreciations of Jesus of Nazareth as a form of Christology, which could possibly be saying something valuable to Christians. In accordance with that thought one can also ask, whether the Christian faith could accommodate to a certain extend the depiction of Jesus of Nazareth in the Quran within its own frame of belief and could the peculiarity of this approach be regarded as an enrichment of the Christian identity. Similarly, a Muslim Comparative Theology should discuss the question whether the relationship between the Christian confession of Jesus as the Christ and the Quranic statements about Jesus can be reviewed on the grounds of offering a new understanding of Jesus to Islamic thought.

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