What can the relationships between the Prophet Muhammad and ancient Christians teach us about today’s relations between the religions?
More than you may think, according to Rice University’s Craig Considine, a lecturer of sociology. He examines these interactions in his newest book, “People of the Book: Prophet Muhammad’s Encounters with Christians.”
Considine describes the book as biographical in nature, taking readers on a journey of Muhammad’s life through his interactions with Christians in the Arabian Peninsula. As he explores these relationships in a sociological manner, Considine considers the respective beliefs of the people Muhammad encountered, including how they felt about Jesus and Christianity as a whole.
“Throughout his life Prophet Muhammad met with Christian monks, merchants, allies, bishops, prophets, nations and statesmen,” he says. “These encounters allow us to reflect upon the intersections of Christianity and Islam and the different kind of Christian communities in Muhammad’s midst. But more importantly, Muhammad’s relationships with Christians provide sociological and theological insight on how today’s Christians and Muslims can bridge the gap to resolve conflicts around the world.”
The book also explores the common ground and unity between the Abrahamic faiths, which include Christianity, Islam and Judaism, and broader context on the history of these religions.
Continue reading Amy McCaig’s article for Rice University News and Media Relations.