Christians, Muslims, Jews, and their religions

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Serval ID
serval:BIB_33472
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Christians, Muslims, Jews, and their religions
Journal
Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
Author(s)
Waardenburg J.
ISSN
09596410
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2004
Volume
15
Number
1
Pages
13-33
Language
english
Abstract
Depending on the context, Christians, Muslims and Jews have constructed their own religion, perceived the religions of others, and articulated relations between religions in different ways. This paper examines the rise in history of the three communities, which came to identify themselves through their religions and have been highly sensitive to differences. It indicates common features and parallels of which adherents may have been more or less conscious. The central question in such research is what persons and groups mean in particular situations when they call themselves Christian, Muslim or Jewish. The variety of personal and group identities in the three religious communities has been concealed partly by religious leaderships concerned with the survival of their flocks, and partly by the use of the general concepts of Christianity, Islam and Judaism with which believers have been called to identify. These concepts have shut people into separate religious pigeonholes and could thus be used to support ethnic, social and other rivalries. This pigeonholing has also confronted more spiritually-oriented people with problems of social identity, religious belonging and spiritual authenticity.
Keywords
Christians, Muslims, Jews, Religion, Relation, Identity
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