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Baḥīrā’s Teachings

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This chapter presents four significant themes in detail including the monk's attitude to the cult of the cross and explains how they function with regard to the question how the Legend frames the relationship between the rise of Islam and contemporary Christianity. Gero drew attention to the similarity between Bahīrāʾs attitude to the cross and that found in one version of the Epistle of Nilus of Ancyra to Olympiodorus Eparchos. The cult of the cross was, one of the pressing issues on the agenda of Muslim-Christian confrontation in this world. When Muḥammad asks whether Christ is God or man, Bahīrā responds that 'Christ is God and man'. The introductory formula of the Christian 'petition' could, have been included to justify the implementation of laws that are not supported by the Qurʾan or the Sunna, and furthermore to strengthen the Muslim case to enforce them.

Keywords: Bahīrāʾs teachings; Muḥammad; Qurʾan

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