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The Black Robe: Islamic Asceticism and Christian Monasticism in Dialogue

February 9, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Several Qur’anic and Prophetic statements appear critical of Christian monasticism, most famously, perhaps, the Hadith “there is no monasticism in Islam.” In spite of this critical attitude, however, many early Muslims held Christian monks in high esteem and recognized affinities between Islamic and Christian ascetic practice. This talk argues that Muslim ascetics and Christian monks …

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