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Wonder Beyond Belief: On Christianity

Wonder Beyond Belief On Christianity What happens when one of Germany s most important writers himself a Muslim immerses himself in the world of Christian art In this book Navid Kermani is awestruck by a religion full of sacrifice and

  • Title: Wonder Beyond Belief: On Christianity
  • Author: Navid Kermani
  • ISBN: 9781509514861
  • Page: 340
  • Format: ebook
  • What happens when one of Germany s most important writers, himself a Muslim, immerses himself in the world of Christian art In this book, Navid Kermani is awestruck by a religion full of sacrifice and lamentation, love and wonder, the irrational and the unfathomable, the deeply human and the divine a Christianity that today s Christians rarely speak of so earnestly, bolWhat happens when one of Germany s most important writers, himself a Muslim, immerses himself in the world of Christian art In this book, Navid Kermani is awestruck by a religion full of sacrifice and lamentation, love and wonder, the irrational and the unfathomable, the deeply human and the divine a Christianity that today s Christians rarely speak of so earnestly, boldly and enthusiastically.With the open minded curiosity of a non believer or rather a believer in another faith Kermani engages with Christian art in its great richness and diversity The result is an enchanting reflection which reinvests in Christianity both its spectacular beauty and its terror Kermani struggles with the cross, falls in love at the sight of Mary, experiences the Orthodox Mass and appreciates the greatness of St Francis He teaches us to see the questions of our present day lives in the pictures of old masters such as Botticelli, Caravaggio and Rembrandt not with lectures on art history or theology, but with an intelligent eye for the essential details and the underlying relations to seemingly remote worlds, to literature and to mystical Islam.Kermani s poetic school of seeing draws us in as we are carried along by his unique perspective on Christianity, rekindling our interest in great art at the same time We are captivated by his unique and brilliant Islamic reading of the West.

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    1. Navid Kermani

      Navid Kermani, born 1967, lives as an Islamic scholar, journalist and writer in Cologne.

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    1.  Catholicism from an Islamic PerspectiveMaria Advocata (late classical period, detail)A book radiant with truth and beauty. Written by a Muslim scholar with deep humanity and an enquiring mind, it essentially asks the question “What is this Christianity that reveals itself in such extraordinary works of art?” It also strikes a special chord with me, as both a former professor of art history and a former Christian. I have moved on from both practices, but still retain an intense curiosity an [...]


    2. I'm not religious but what drew me to this book was the idea of someone with faith, albeit non Christian, contemplating the religious art of mostly, though not exclusively, the European Renaissance. Kermani is a wonderful companion in these short essays, each of which engages with a piece of art: Rembrandt's Lazarus; Botticelli's disturbingly eroticised Christ; Caravaggio's brutal Judith, for example.Moving fluidly across times, cultures, geographies and religions, Kermani brings an almost spont [...]


    3. Ein Rundflug durch religiöse Kunst (viel Caravaggio) und Traditionen des Christentums - aus Sicht eines Muslims. Am Ende bleibt die größte aller Fragen: Wieso streitet man überhaupt um und unter den Religionen?


    4. Navid Kermani gives a personal and intimate view into his experience of Christian art - full of tenderness, curiosity and a joyful eye for detail. His choice of works is personal instead of encyclopedic, giving the book the feeling of some evenings spent listening to a friend, rather than a dusty lecture. The fact that he is complementing his spacious knowledge with amazement and the fresh eye of an "outsider" - given the fact he is not Christian but Muslim - gives especially Christians the beau [...]


    5. Sehr gutes Sachbuch, das gar nicht dröge daherkommt. Die gelegentlichen Einschübe zum IS empfand ich teilweise als aufgesetzt.


    6. Dieses Buch ist erkenntnisreich und lehrt vieles über das Christentum, aber auch den Islam. Es ist gut geschrieben und dadurch nur ein weiterer Grund, ab und an nicht nur Romane und Erzählungen zu lesen, sondern zu Essays zu greifen. Das einzig bedauerliche von meiner Seite aus betrachtet ist Kermanis Fixierung auf Caravaggio, was aber keine Minderung der Gedankengänge bzw Ergebnisse der Themen bedeutet. Kermani ist vielleicht nicht der beste Romancier, aber ein geistreicher und großartiger [...]



    7. Navid Kermani, auteur musulman s’intéresse à l’art chrétien ; drôle d’idée ! Que peut-il en dire lui qui ne croit pas que Jésus est mort et ressuscité ? Dans son ouvrage l’auteur ne cherche pas à détourner l’art chrétien, bien au contraire il nous le fait découvrir ou redécouvrir d’une manière toute nouvelle. Il nous relate de véritables expériences spirituelles devant ces œuvres. Mêlant ainsi son expérience personnelle de la foi dans sa propre religion et des expé [...]



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