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The Qur'An Against Islam

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'Muslim exegesis' refers to the corpus of Qurʾan commentaries, tafsīrs, in which interpretations of verses of the Qurʾan are collected, explained and traced back to specific events in the life of the Prophet. The goal of the Christian apologists was rather to show that Islam could not rival Christianity, a task they approached with what has been called a lesser degree of 'charity'. The roots of Christian exegesis lie in the very first apologetic efforts of Arab Christians. From the late seventh century onwards the message of the Qurʾan was disseminated throughout the Near East in inscriptions on buildings and coins. One of the ways in which Christians made the mystery of the Incarnation intelligible to themselves and to others was by picturing it as God's clothing Himself in humanity.

Keywords: christian exegesis; Islam; Qur҆an

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