“Reappropriation: an accomodationist hermeneutic of Islamic Christianity”

Miller, Duane Alexander. ‘Reappropriation: an accomodationist hermeneutic of Islamic Christianity’ in Saint Francis Magazine Vol 5:3, June 2009.

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1.3 The Two Stream Hypothesis:
Rejectionists and Accommodationists

Continuing research in this area is needed, but I have come to a preliminary conclusion that there are two fairly different kinds of communities within Islâmic Christianity.  The Rejectionists are people who have come out of Islâm and often times have a negative impression of it as a dîn.  They are women who have come to an understanding that Islâm teaches they are inferior to men; they are men who have been submitted to torture and persecution under Islâmic regimes, all to the glory of God. They are people who want to coexist in a fragmented and globalizing world and grow tired of the teaching that Jews and Christians are descended from apes and pigs; they are scholars who studied history and the life of the Prophet only to be sourly disappointed with what they found in the earliest sources which are surprisingly candid – much more so than the hagiographic material widely circulated today – and came to the conclusion that he was a man of insufficient moral standing to bear the mantle of prophethood – and that is a very gentle way of putting it.

Rejectionists are, it seems, more present in places where reformed Islâm has been successful in dominating the political conversation; places like Iran4 and Egypt come to mind.  Many of these people came to faith in Christ while outside of their country of birth, or perhaps by media ministry (satellite, radio, etc). But we can also identify a very different, and I am guessing numerically smaller, groups of communities.  I call them accommodationists because there is, to differing degrees, a desire to accommodate, which in Latin means ‘to cause to fit together’, the Jesus of the Gospels with many aspects of the Islâmic dîn.5  There is a desire to continue, to differing degrees again, to abide by Islâmic practices: the Islamic fast over the Christian fast, women continuing to wear the hijâb, perhaps using the Qur’ân or parts of it in worship, keeping Islâmic names over taking Christian names, using Islamic forms and customs in worship and devotion and prayer, and so on.  Generally these people do not have a negative experience of Islâm, and they probably do not have much exposure to Christianity.  This would also be more common in areas or regions where there is either no Christian church, or where the churches are ethnically defined (Armenian, Assyrian, etc.), thus making the assimilation of non-co-ethnists difficult.

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Author: duanemiller

I was born in Montana and grew up in Colorado and Puebla (in Mexico). I completed a BA in philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and then an MA in theology at St Mary's University (also in San Antonio). Later life took me to Jordan where my wife and I studied Arabic, to Israel where I helped found a seminary, and to Scotland for doctoral work, among other places. I live in Madrid now where I teach and minister. I'm highly interested in the interactions of Islam, Christianity and secularism in modern contexts. My main areas of research for my PhD in divinity were religious conversion from Islam to Christianity, contextual theology, and the shari'a's treatment of apostates. I've also published research on global Anglicanism and the history of Anglican mission in the Ottoman Empire. I've had the pleasure of teaching in many places over the years: from Costa Rica to Turkey, and Kenya to Tunisia. I am associate professor at the Protestant Faculty of Theology at Madrid (UEBE) and priest at the Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer in Madrid, Spain. Visit my blog (duanemiller.wordpress.com) or academia.edu page for more information.

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