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Christian Lives Given to the Study of Islam$
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Christian W. Troll and C.T.R. Hewer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823243198

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823243198.001.0001

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“From the brook by the path”: Formation and Transformation in Meeting Muslims

“From the brook by the path”: Formation and Transformation in Meeting Muslims

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(p.268) “From the brook by the path”: Formation and Transformation in Meeting Muslims
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Christian Lives Given to the Study of Islam
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Felix Körner

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823243198.003.0028

Through the stimulation of home-life and schooling, challenging encounters and friendships, and a desire to centre his life on his Christian faith and commitment, the German Jesuit, Körner, was prepared for a life of theological encounter. Hebrew studies led to Arabic, which, augmented by philosophical and biblical study, brought him to the study of Islam. The importance of inspiring teachers, scholars and fellow-students led to a meeting with Josef van Ess from Tübingen, and thus ultimately to Bamberg and Ankara. The chapter details the contribution of ecumenical Christian theological reading, in this case Pannenberg, efforts at teaching in Turkey, the need for a solid Christian theology of religions to underpin the encounter with Islam, and the demand for a theology of witness.

Keywords:   Jesuit, Körner, Josef van Ess, Tübingen, Bamberg, Ankara, Theology of witness

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