Source: The Essential Ismaili
Khalil Andani’s lecture, Jesus in Esoteric Islam: Ismaili Muslim Christology, delivered on March 1 2013, before the Society of Comparative Theology at Harvard Divinity School, summarizes various interpretations of Jesus put forward by these and other Ismaili philosophers.
Khalil explains classical Ismaili Muslim perspectives on Prophet Jesus, or Hazrat ‘Isa, arising from the Fatimid Ismaili doctrines on the absolute transcendence of God, the Universal Intellect (al-‘aql al-kull), and the Cycles of Natiqs (Prophets) and Imams. His presentation concludes with Abu Ya’qub al-Sijistani’s and Ja’far al-Mansur al-Yaman’s Ismaili esoteric interpretation of the Christian Cross and the Islamic Shahadah, highlighting the ecumenical and pluralistic disposition of Fatimid Ismaili philosophers.
The lecture covers the following:
- An introduction to the Ismaili Muslims.
- Shi’a Imamology and Christian Christology Compared.
- Ismaili Cosmology and Theology of Religions.
- An esoteric perspective (ta’wil) of the Christian Trinity.
- An esoteric perspective (ta’wil) of the Christian Eucharist.
- An esoteric perspective (ta’wil) of the Crucifixion of Jesus.
- An esoteric perspective (ta’wil) of the Christian Cross.
Read more – Dated: DECEMBER 22, 2015