24 May 2017
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia


  • » 09/12/2011, 00.00

    ISLAM

    The Virgin Mary in Islam: Image and Devotion, a book by Msgr. Bressan



    The Archbishop of Trento, a veteran of the Holy See's diplomatic service, presents Mary as a "Woman of encounter" between the two religions. Widespread and strong devotion among Muslims to Our Lady, and the significant iconography, across centuries and continents, in the Muslim world.
    Rome (AsiaNews) - If there is a figure that can represent the "woman of encounter" between Islam and Christianity, this is Mary, who veneration not only by Christians but also by the followers of the Prophet, is proof of this. Further proof is found in the pilgrimage that Muslims, men and women have made for centuries to Marian shrines in the Middle East. To mention but a few; Sednaya, 30 km south of Damascus, or the Marian shrine on Mount Al-Tir, Egypt, Samallut, in the province of Minya, not to mention the mountain above Ephesus, in Turkey, where according to tradition the Virgin spent the last years of her life in Meriem Ana. And even in Morocco and Algeria, Muslim men and women go to the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Casablanca, or the Sanctuary of Notre Dame d'Afrique in Algiers.

    But in addition to popular devotion, there is also an iconographic presence of Mary in the Muslim world, all the more surprising when one considers the position of Islam regarding the reproduction of the human figure. And this is one of the most interesting elements of the extensively-documented work by Msgr. Luigi Bressan, who for many years was in contact with the Muslim world (Pakistan, for example).

    "Mary in the devotion and the art of Islam", for Jaca Book, is a thorough research on the presence of Mary in the Muslim world over the centuries, with the reproduction of over 70 images of the Madonna, ranging from Bangladesh to ' India, from Persia to Turkey. The book is a valuable contribution for those who live and work in contact with the followers of Islam, as well as for scholars of the relations between religions, and religious iconography. A collection of images certainly very rich, and unprecedented in its entirety.

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    19/02/2010 LEBANON
    Beirut, "national" Islamic-Christian holiday in the name of the Annunciation of Mary
    The official decision could be reached during the meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Prime Minister Hariri of Lebanon, scheduled for tomorrow at the Vatican. It will have a more "national" than "religious" character and will be a symbol of unity among the citizens. The day of celebration marked by a common social, cultural and religious program.

    19/10/2008 VATICAN
    Pope: in Pompeii to entrust the synod and missionaries to the Virgin Mary
    On pilgrimage to the shrine dedicated to the Virgin of the Rosary, Benedict XVI speaks of "the role of Mary," who "personifies the people chosen by him to spread his blessing to the entire human family." Recalling the life of Blessed Bartolo Longo, the pope stresses that anti-clericalism and superstition are not lacking in our day.

    26/07/2013 ISLAM-CHRISTIANITY
    Millions of Muslims devoted to Our Lady and eager for exorcism
    Fatima, Harissa, Damascus, Samalut, Assiut, Zeitun and many other places where the Virgin appeared are the destination of incessant pilgrimages from Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Iran. Pilgrims in search of physical but also spiritual healing; spontaneous and mystical prayer and not the schematic and formal verses of official Islam. The iconoclast Salafists destroy places of pilgrimage every year. But the devotion to Mary is growing, also fueled by the stories of the Koran. The spiritual dialogue between Christians and Muslims is much more promising than cultural, theological or political dialogue.

    12/01/2009 VIETNAM
    Regimes change, but Vietnamese devotion to Mary remains firm
    It is a form of love and trust that emerged in the era of the kings and feudalism. Today, the people note that the children of Catholic families are not involved in drugs or criminal activities, and are improving social harmony. A special year of indulgence granted by Cardinal Stafford to the faithful of Thai Ha.

    28/03/2017 15:46:00 LEBANON
    Beirut: World Day of dialogue between religions and cultures

    Lebanese political and religious leaders call for such a feast. The Islamic-Christian celebration can be a model for meeting and exchange. An international Marian centre dedicated to dialogue will be set up in the capital. A garden dedicated to Mary, a beloved figure revered by both monotheistic religions, will also be established.





    Editor's choices

    VATICAN
    Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan



    During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.


    VATICAN-CHINA
    May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®