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Mary in Christian-Muslim Relations

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The Theological and Christological conversations between Chrisianity and Islam have historically centered on Jesus as either prophet or messiah. But Mary or Mariam, mother of Jesus is also mentioned more times in the Qur’an than in the entire New Testament. Some consider her role to be a bridge between the two faiths, an icon of purity and piety. But there is no cult of Mary in Islam and as some have pointed out, her virginal status does not represent the ideal of the feminine in Islamic cultures. Yet Mary as both a woman and devotee, enjoys a distinct position in Islamic thought even if ultimately it is Jesus who became the star of the story.

This is the second in a series of three lectures by Humanitas Visiting Professor in Women’s Rights, Mona Siddiqui. These will be followed by a concluding symposium. It is a public lecture, open to all. For further information, see http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/25381 .

This talk is part of the CRASSH Humanitas Lectures series.

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