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False Allegations or Proofs? Riḍā's Formative Polemics On Christianity

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This chapter discusses Rashīd Riḍā's responses as he selected them in the monograph. Riḍā composed six of his articles in al-Manār under the same title as answers to the Egyptian Protestant Magazine. Some of these articles mostly devoted to refute Christian 'allegations' against the Qurʾān. In Niqūlā Yaʿqūb Ghabriyāl's view, the people of Mecca knew the Old and New Testament in the same manner they knew the Qurʾān. Depending on early Islamic polemics, Riḍā maintained that telling about God in the Torah that God 'repented,' 'grieved,' or 'plotted to destroy man' indicates that He was ignorant and incapable. Ghabriyāl argued that it was impossible that both the Old and the New Testament were distorted, as both Judaism and Christianity became widespread throughout the East and the West. Riḍā found the Egyptian magazine, Glad Tidings of Peace, the most outspoken among the Christian missionary publications in its enmity towards Islam.

Keywords: christianity; Glad Tidings; God; Islam; Islamic polemics; Niqūlā Yaʿqūb Ghabriyāl; Qurʾān; Rashīd Riḍā



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