“They Killed Him Not”: The Crucifixion in Shi‘a Isma‘ili Islam

Khalil Andani

“This article explains the Isma‘ili Muslim understanding of the Qur’anic verses on the Crucifixion, the meaning of the Crucifixion in Isma‘ili eschatology and the esoteric exegesis (ta’wil) of the Cross, according to the Isma‘ili philosophers. These Isma‘ili Muslim perspectives were articulated in the tenth and eleventh century when Isma‘ili philosophy underwent a great flowering. But there is reason to believe that such perspectives, due to their pluralistic, ecumenical and esoteric outlook, can play a great role in the modern age towards opening further doors of understanding and recognition between the faiths of Christianity and Islam.”

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