Photo: Bedouin ladies, 1898.
Jesus (Peace be upon him!) struck the ground with his hand an took up some of it and spread it out. and behold, he had gold in one of his hands and clay in the other. Then he said to his companions, 'Which of them is sweeter to your hearts?' They said, 'The gold.' He said, 'They are both alike to me.'
(Christ in Islam)
'The Muslim Jesus: Sayings and Stories in Islamic Literature'
By Tarif Khalidi (Author)
This work presents, in English translation, the largest collection ever assembled of the sayings and stories of Jesus in Arabic Islamic literature. In doing so, it traces a tradition of love and reverence for Jesus that has characterized Islamic thought for more than a thousand years. A valuable resource for the history of religions, the collection documents how one culture, that of Islam, assimilated the towering religious figure of another, that of Christianity. As such, it is a work of great significance for the understanding of both, and of profound implications for modern-day intersectarian relations and ecumenical dialogue. Tarif Khalidi's introduction and commentaries place the sayings and stories in their historical context, showing how and why this "gospel" arose and the function it served within Muslim devotion. The Jesus that emerges here is a compelling figure of deep and life-giving spirituality. The sayings and stories, some 300 in number and arranged in chronological order, show us how the image of this Jesus evolved throughout a millennium of Islamic history.