Special Issue "Mystical Theology and Muslim-Christian Dialogue: Volume II"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444). This special issue belongs to the section "Religions and Theologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2023 | Viewed by 54

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Prof. Dr. Stefan Tobler
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Department of History, Patrimony and Protestant Theology, University “Lucian Blaga” of Sibiu, 550024 Sibiu, Romania
Interests: spirituality and mysticism; ecumenical dialogue; Muslim-Christian dialogue; Chiara Lubich; human rights between East and West; human dignity and poverty; social inclusion of minorities, especially Roma people
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Dear Colleagues,

Muslim–Christian dialogue is a crucial issue in the contemporary world. Possible means for dialogue must be pursued on many levels, but dialogue can only be successful when religious experiences are taken seriously in their claim of truth. One form of religious expression which combines a strong connection to one's own tradition with genuine openness to dialogue is mysticism.

In 2022, a Special Issue of Religions (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues/Mystical_Theology) has gathered a number of interesting contributions, but above all, has shown that there is still much to be explored. An experts’ conference in Sibiu/Romania in September 2022 showed, on the one hand, the potential for dialogue that lies in the study of mysticism in both religious traditions. On the other hand, a number of new questions have also arisen, both methodologically and in terms of content. Therefore, here, we present the call for a second volume on this topic in Religions.

Mystical theology, which is rooted in spiritual experience and is relatively free from the theology of power, could be a bridge of dialogue between Christianity and Islam, seeking common ground and shared values. It is open also to the possibility of reading the other’s traditions beyond apologetics or polemics, without avoiding dissension themes in Islamic–Christian dialogue. The experiences and writings of classical and modern mystics, both Muslim and Christian, could be possible bridges for Christian–Islamic dialogue. This issue invites researchers to reflect upon aspects, examples and systematic elaborations regarding mystical theology, analysing their potential for that dialogue.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Mystical Christian theology;
  • Mystical Muslim theology;
  • Comparative mystical theology;
  • Hermeneutics of mystical texts;
  • Epistemological implications of the term "mystical theology";
  • Personalities engaged in Muslim–Christian dialogue with an affinity for a mystical approach to faith;
  • Controversial topics of faith, read from the perspective of a mystical approach;
  • Mystical imaginary;
  • The mystical approach to the theology of religions.

Prof. Dr. Stefan Tobler
Guest Editor

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  • mysticism
  • Sufism
  • Islam
  • Christianity
  • Christology
  • hermeneutics
  • religious experience
  • interreligious dialogue, Muslim–Christian dialogue, mystical theology

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