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Prophetess – Virgin – Mother. Mary in the Koran

Mary – Bridge Figure between Christianity and Islam

An entire sura bears her name. She is the only woman the Koran mentions by name – more often than Muhammad or Jesus. Until today, the esteem in which Mary is held by Christians and Muslims is unbroken. But Mary has also always been the cause of estrangement between the two religions. In an extraordinary research, Muna Tatari and Klaus von Stosch reconstruct the Koran’s image of Mary and bring the Catholic Church’s belief in Mary into conversation with the Koranic testimony. An example of a successful and constructive Christian-Islamic dialogue.

Marie – figure de pont entre le christianisme et l’islam

Une sourate entière porte son nom. Elle est la seule femme que le Coran mentionne par son nom – plus souvent que Mohammed ou Jésus. Jusqu’à aujourd’hui, l’estime que les chrétiens et les musulmans portent à Marie est intacte. Mais Marie a aussi toujours été la cause de l’éloignement entre les deux religions. Dans une recherche extraordinaire, Muna Tatari et Klaus von Stosch reconstruisent l’image de Marie dans le Coran et mettent en parallèle la croyance de l’Église catholique en Marie avec le témoignage coranique. Un exemple de dialogue islamo-chrétien réussi et constructif.


Maria – Brückenfigur zwischen Christentum und Islam

Eine ganze Sure trägt ihren Namen. Sie ist die einzige Frau, die der Koran beim Namen nennt – häufiger als Muhammad oder Jesus. Bis heute ist die Wertschätzung, die Maria bei Christen und Muslimen genießt, ungebrochen. Doch Maria war auch immer Anlass zur Entfremdung beider Religionen. In einer außergewöhnlichen Recherche rekonstruieren Muna Tatari und Klaus von Stosch das Marienbild des Korans und bringen den Marienglauben der katholischen Kirche mit dem koranischen Zeugnis ins Gespräch. Ein Beispiel für einen gelingenden und konstruktiven christlich-islamischen Dialog.

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