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The Khatim an-Nabiyyin (The Seal of the Prophets) and Its Inclusive Abrahamic Perspective: Muhammad and ‘Isa ibn Maryam in Dialogue

Campus of the University of Navarra, Institute for Culture and Society, University of Navarra, 31009 Pamplona, Spain
Religions 2021, 12(1), 4; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12010004
Received: 5 November 2020 / Revised: 10 December 2020 / Accepted: 11 December 2020 / Published: 23 December 2020
“Muhammad is not the father of any one of your men; he is God’s messenger and the Seal of the Prophets: God knows everything.” (33:40). The deconstruction of the concept of “the Seal of the Prophets” through identifying its different spiritual-historical meanings is particularly important and partially analyzed through an inter-religious methodological approach. If indeed the Prophet Muhammad is undoubtedly the last of the prophets in order of time in the Abrahamic tradition, and thus in a literal sense “the Seal of the Prophets”, the background of the 7th-century pre-urban Hijaz reflects a different cultural-economic and historical development in comparison with the Mediterranean-Mesopotamian basin. This article aims to reflect on the meanings that “the Seal of the Prophets” assumed in the Qur’anic verse 33:40, as the adoption of different narratives to establish an Abrahamic prophetic continuity with a clear emphasis on Islamic–Christian dialogue; the significance of these meanings reflects the opportunity for reciprocal understanding between the two most important global religions and their awareness of prophets and prophecy, i.e., on relations with God, the pact with human beings and eschatological predictions. View Full-Text
Keywords: Khatim an-Nabiyyin (the Seal of the Prophets/Prophecy); Islamic–Christian dialogue; prophecy; Islamic eschatology; Muhammad; ‘Isa ibn Maryam Khatim an-Nabiyyin (the Seal of the Prophets/Prophecy); Islamic–Christian dialogue; prophecy; Islamic eschatology; Muhammad; ‘Isa ibn Maryam
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Demichelis, M. The Khatim an-Nabiyyin (The Seal of the Prophets) and Its Inclusive Abrahamic Perspective: Muhammad and ‘Isa ibn Maryam in Dialogue. Religions 2021, 12, 4. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12010004

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Demichelis M. The Khatim an-Nabiyyin (The Seal of the Prophets) and Its Inclusive Abrahamic Perspective: Muhammad and ‘Isa ibn Maryam in Dialogue. Religions. 2021; 12(1):4. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12010004

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Demichelis, Marco. 2021. "The Khatim an-Nabiyyin (The Seal of the Prophets) and Its Inclusive Abrahamic Perspective: Muhammad and ‘Isa ibn Maryam in Dialogue" Religions 12, no. 1: 4. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12010004

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