Religious Studies

Transfer and Religion

Interactions between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century
Ed. by Alexander A. Dubrau, Davide Scotto, and Ruggero Vimercati Sanseverino

[Transfer und Religion. Wechselbeziehungen zwischen Judentum, Christentum und Islam vom Mittelalter bis in das Zwanzigste Jahrhundert.]

2021. IX, 404 pages.

Sapientia Islamica 3

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The present volume offers a contribution to the cross-cultural study of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and gives new insights for research into the history of religious transfers between the Abrahamic faiths. It is the result of an international scholarly collaboration between members of the interdisciplinary Post-Doctoral Research Group at the Centre for Islamic Theology of the University of Tübingen.
This collaboration brings into conversation scholars of Jewish and Islamic studies, theologians, and cultural historians to shed new light on the enduring intertwining between the Abrahamic faiths in the Mediterranean and Central Europe since the Middle Ages. Drawing on interdisciplinary expertise, the volume presents a series of case studies reflecting – in either a constructive or a disruptive way – the interactions between the dynamics of transfer and the role of religion in society. The long durée of the book's chronology helps outline the making of religious transfers in the medieval times and their transformations up to the twentieth-century challenges of nationalism and secularism. Considering a variety of distinct implications and reactions to religious transfer, the volume contributes to pinpointing past and present challenges towards religious conceptions, doctrines and narratives in the interaction between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Survey of contents
Alexander A. Dubrau/Davide Scotto/Ruggero Vimercati Sanseverino: Religious Transfer in the History of the Abrahamic Religions. Theoretical Implications and Case Studies

Polemical Responses and Intercultural Mediation. The Making of Religious Transfer in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times
Daniel Boušek: Entangled Arguments. A Survey of Religious Polemics between Judaism and Islam in the Middle Ages – Tzvi Langermann: Moses Maimonides (d. 529/1204) and al-Qāḍī al-Fāḍil (d. 596/1200), his Friend and Patron. Between Islam and Judaism – Nadjet Zouggar: Aspects de la polémique antiphilosophique de Taqī al-Dīn Aḥmad Ibn Taymiyya (m. 728/1328). La critique d'un transfert – Ana Echevarría Arsuaga: Neue Moscheen in christlichen Ländern. Die Debatte im Mittelalter – Davide Scott: Translation in Wartime. Disseminating the Qur'an during the Crusades (Twelfth to Fifteenth Centuries) – Irina Synkova/Michail Tarelka: 'Whence Have the Idols Arrived?'. A Monument of Religious-Polemic Literature from the Tatar Manuscript Heritage of the Former Grand Duchy of Lithuania – Andrea Celli: The Early Modern Invention of 'Abrahamic Religions'. An Overview of Baroque Approaches to the Hagar Narrative

Models of Knowledge and the Impact of Secularization on Interfaith Coexistence. Implications of Religious Transfer in Modern Times
Ottfried Fraisse: Modernisierung des Judentums durch Wissenschaft und der Rekurs auf den Islam. Moritz Steinschneider, Ignác Goldziher, Shlomo Pines – Enas Aly Ahmed: From Polemical Discourse to Cultural Transmission in Spanish Arabism and European Orientalism. The Case of Miguel Asín Palacios's Study of al-Fi al by Ibn Ḥazm – Alexander A. Dubrau: A Jewish Orthodox Response to the Hostility Towards the Morality of Jewish Law and the Jewish God at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century in Germany. Rabbi David Zvi Hoffmann (1843–1921) on the Relationship between Jews and Gentiles – Alon Segev: Religion, Race, and Politics. Gerhard Kittel and the Jewish Question – Ulli Roth: Das Konzil und der christliche Blick auf den Islam. Gemeinsame Impulse des Basler Konzils und des II. Vaticanums – Ruggero Vimercati Sanseverino: Secularisation and Conflicting Images of the Prophet in Contemporary Islam. The Critical Meaning of Prophetology according to ʿAbd al-Ḥalīm Maḥmūd (1910–78)

Alexander A. Dubrau Born 1978; received his PhD in Talmudic Studies from the Center for Jewish Studies Heidelberg; currently a research fellow in Judaic Studies at the University of Tübingen.

Davide Scotto Born 1983; received his PhD in Medieval and Humanistic Studies from the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, Florence, now part of the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa; currently a research fellow at the Goethe University Frankfurt.

Ruggero Vimercati Sanseverino Born 1979; received his PhD in Islamic Studies from the University Aix-Marseille; currently Professor for Hadith Studies at the University of Tübingen.


The following reviews are known:

In: Reading Religion — (Elizabeth Sartell)
In: Old Testament Abstracts — 45 (2022), p. 261 (Christopher T. Begg)
In: Rottenburger Jahrbuch f. KirchenG — 41 (2022), pp. 347–348 (Florian Jäckel)
In: Journal of the American Academy of Religion (JAAR) — 90 (2022), pp. 762–764 (Octavian-Adrian Negoita)