Faculty Publishes Book on Jesus in the Qur'an
Dr. Carlos Segovia's (Humanities) most recent book, The Quranic Jesus offers a completely
new interpretation of the figure of Jesus in the Qur'an through an analysis of the typology and plausible date of the Jesus texts contained
in the Qur'an.
This implies moving far beyond both the habitual chronology of the Qur'an and the
common thematic division of the passages in question.
He also examines the Qur'an's earliest Christology via-à-vis its radically monotheistic
theology, and advances three major theses:
- Originally, the earliest redactional layers of the Qur'an bear witness to a non-Jesus-centered
Christology that was later re-shaped in light of, and subordinated to, a less-ambiguously
monotheistic creed; and the most plausible setting for such early layers is Iraq rather
than the Hijaz in the Arabian Peninsula.
- The Jesus passages contained in the Qur'an belong to two distinct and successive redactional
layers with the post-Muhammadan Arab conquest of Syria-Palestine and Iraq: the first
of these layers presents evident and recurrent anti-Jewish overtones and proves to
be, upon close analysis, pro-Christian, while the second one is overtly anti-Christian.
- It is incorrect to read the Qur'an's Jesus-passages from the point of view of the
latter anti-Christian texts and/or approach them from a purely thematic standpoint.
The overall argument of this book is that the qur'anic Jesus is the key to unravelling
not only the intriguing beginnings, but also the fascinating development of the Qur'an's
complex, multi-phased theology — and hence perhaps too the key to deciphering what
the Qur'an is ultimately about.
The book will be released for publication in November 2018.