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In Pursuit of a 'True' Gospel: Riḍā's Arabic Edition Of The Gospel Of Barnabas

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Riḍa's Arabic edition of the Gospel of Barnabas should be seen as a continuation of a long-enduring Islamic search for a Biblical witness congruent with Islamic tenets of belief. This chapter tries to study what kind of change might have occurred in Riḍa's thoughts by looking at his introduction and the later use by al-Manār of the Gospel. It attempts to study Riḍa's earlier initiative of using the Gospel of the Russian philosopher Leo Tolstoy. The chapter discusses Saʿādeh’s participation in freemasonry, linking that to his translation of the Gospel. It describes his perception of the Gospel as a historical piece of work through a critical reconsideration of his introduction. The chapter reconsiders what motivated Riḍa' to publish the Gospel on the basis of his introduction, and his later use of the Gospel in his journal and Tafsīr work.

Keywords: Gospel of Barnabas; Islam; Leo Tolstoy; Riḍa's Arabic edition; Saʿādeh’s



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