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Peters, F. E. (Francis E.)

Works: 133 works in 659 publications in 6 languages and 25,861 library holdings
Genres: History  Comparative studies  Sources  Terms and phrases  Terminology  Dictionaries  Exhibition catalogs  Biography  Sacred books  Controversial literature 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Other, Redactor, zxx
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Most widely held works about F. E Peters
Most widely held works by F. E Peters
The monotheists : Jews, Christians, and Muslims in conflict and competition by F. E Peters( )

60 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 3,265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: The world's three great monotheistic religions have spent most of their historical careers in conflict or competition with each other. And yet in fact they sprung from the same spiritual roots and have been nurtured in the same historical soil. This book--an extraordinarily comprehensive and approachable comparative introduction to these religions--seeks not so much to demonstrate the truth of this thesis as to illustrate it. Frank Peters, one of the world's foremost experts on the monotheistic faiths, takes Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and after briefly tracing the roots of each, places them side by side to show both their similarities and their differences. Volume I, The Peoples of God, tells the story of the foundation and formation of the three monotheistic communities, of their visible, historical presence. Volume II, The Words and Will of God, is devoted to their inner life, the spirit that animates and regulates them. Peters takes us to where these religions live: their scriptures, laws, institutions, and intentions how each seeks to worship God and achieve salvation and how they deal with their own (orthodox and heterodox) and with others (the goyim, the pagans, the infidels). Throughout, he measures--but never judges--one religion against the other. The prose is supple, the method rigorous. This is a remarkably cohesive, informative, and accessible narrative reflecting a lifetime of study by a single recognized authority in all three fields. The Monotheists is a magisterial comparison, for students and general readers as well as scholars, of the parties to one of the most troubling issues of today--the fierce, sometimes productive and often destructive, competition among the world's monotheists, the siblings called Jews, Christians, and Muslims
The children of Abraham : Judaism, Christianity, Islam by F. E Peters( Book )

45 editions published between 1982 and 2018 in English and held by 2,763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"F.E. Peters, a scholar in the comparative study of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, revisits his pioneering work after twenty-five years. Peters has rethought and thoroughly rewritten his classic The Children of Abraham for a new generation of readers - at a time when the understanding of these three religious traditions has taken on a new and critical urgency. Peters traces the three faiths from the sixth century B.C. when the Jews returned to Palestine from exile in Babylonia, to the time in the Middle Ages when they approached their present form. He points out that all three faith groups, whom the Muslims themselves refer to as "People of the Book," share much common ground. Most notably, each embraces the practice of worshipping a God who intervenes in history on behalf of His people"--Jacket
Muhammad and the origins of Islam by F. E Peters( )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and Romanian and held by 2,053 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Reader on classical Islam by F. E Peters( )

21 editions published between 1993 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To enable the reader to shape, or perhaps reshape, an understanding of the Islamic tradition, F. E. Peters skillfully combines extensive passages from Islamic texts with a fascinating commentary of his own. In so doing, he presents a substantial body of literary evidence that will enable the reader to grasp the bases of Muslim faith and, more, to get some sense of the breadth and depth of Islamic religious culture as a whole. The voices recorded here are those of Muslims engaged in discourse with their God and with each other--historians, lawyers, mystics, and theologians, from the earliest Companions of the Prophet Muhammad down to Ibn Rushd or "Averroes" (d. 1198), al-Nawawi (d. 1278), and Ibn Khaldun (d. 1406). These religious seekers lived in what has been called the "classical" period in the development of Islam, the era when the exemplary works of law and spirituality were written, texts of such universally acknowledged importance that subsequent generations of Muslims gratefully understood themselves as heirs to an enormously broad and rich legacy of meditation on God's Word. "Islam" is a word that seems simple to understand. It means "submission," and, more specifically in the context where it first and most familiarly appears, "submission to the will of God." That context is the Quran, the Sacred Book of the Muslims, from which flow the patterns of belief and practice that today claim the spiritual allegiance of hundreds of millions around the globe. By drawing on the works of the great masters--Islam in its own words--Peters enriches our understanding of the community of "those who have submitted" and their imposing religious and political culture, which is becoming ever more important to the West
Jerusalem : the holy city in the eyes of chroniclers, visitors, pilgrims, and prophets, from the days of Abraham to the beginnings of modern times by F. E Peters( Book )

22 editions published between 1985 and 2017 in English and held by 1,580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This remarkable portrayal of Jerusalem has become a favorite of many readers interested in this city's dramatic past. Through a collection of firsthand accounts, we see Jerusalem as it appeared through the centuries to a fascinating variety of observers--Jews, Christians, Muslims, and secularists, from pilgrim to warrior to merchant. F. E. Peters skillfully unites these moving eyewitness statements in an immensely readable narrative commentary
The harvest of Hellenism; a history of the Near East from Alexander the Great to the triumph of Christianity by F. E Peters( Book )

33 editions published between 1970 and 1996 in English and held by 1,339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Islam, a guide for Jews and Christians by F. E Peters( Book )

19 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and Dutch and held by 1,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Quran is a sacred book with profound, and familiar, Old and New Testament resonances. And the message it promulgated, Islam, came of age during an extraordinarily rich era of interaction among monotheists. Jews, Christians, and Muslims not only worshipped the same God, but shared aspirations, operated in the same social and economic environment, and sometimes lived side by side, indistinguishable by language, costume, or manners. Today, of course, little of this commonality is apparent, and Islam is poorly understood by most non-Muslims. Entering Islam through the same biblical door Muhammad did, this book introduces readers with Christian or Jewish backgrounds to one of the world's largest, most active, and--in the West--least understood religions. Frank Peters, one of the world's leading authorities on the monotheistic religions, starts with the central feature of Muslim faith and life: the Quran. Across its pages move Adam, Noah, Abraham, David, Solomon, John the Baptist, Jesus, and the Virgin Mary. The Quran contains remarkably familiar accounts of Genesis, the Flood, Exodus, the Virgin Birth, and other biblical events. But Peters also highlights Muhammad's very different use of Scripture and explains those elements of the Quran most alien to Western readers, from its didactic passages to its remarkable poetry. Peters goes on to cogently explain Islam's defining features--including the significance of Mecca, the manner of Muhammad's revelations, and the creation of the unique community of Muslims, all in relation to the Judeo-Christian tradition. He compares Jesus and Muhammad, describes Islamic commandments and rituals, details the structures of Sunni and Shi'ite communities, and lays out central Islamic beliefs on war, women, mysticism, and martyrdom. The result is a crucial and extremely accomplished book that offers Western readers a professional yet highly accessible understanding of Islam, and at a time when we need it most
The voice, the Word, the books : the sacred scripture of the Jews, Christians, and Muslims by F. E Peters( Book )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in English and held by 1,232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jews, Christians, and Muslims all believe that their Scriptures preserve God's words to humanity, and that those words were spoken uniquely to them. In The Voice, the Word, the Books, F.E. Peters leads readers on an extraordinary journey through centuries of written tradition to uncover the human fingerprints on the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Quran, sacred texts that have enriched millions or lives." "Bringing the latest Biblical and Quranic scholarship to a general audience, Peters explains how these three powerfully influential books passed from God's mouth, so to speak, to become the Scriptures that we possess today. He reveals new insights into their origins, contents, canonization, and the important roles they have played in the lives of their communities. He explores how they evolved through time from oral to written texts, who composed them and who wrote them, as well as the theological commonalities and points of disagreement among their adherents. Writing in the comparative style for which he is renowned, Peters charts the transmission of faith from the spoken word to the printed page, from the revelations on Sinai and Mount Hira to Mamluk ateliers in Cairo and Gutenberg's press in Mainz."--Jacket
Greek philosophical terms; a historical lexicon by F. E Peters( Book )

23 editions published between 1967 and 1976 in 5 languages and held by 1,214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combining the convenience of a dictionary with the depth of a history of philosophy, this new reference book fills a great need and should prove exceedingly useful to all students and scholars in classics, philosophy, theology and linguistics. The book defines and translates key terms used by pre-Christian philosophers up to the time of Proclus, with special references to the writings of the philosophers as they developed nuances and new meanings for the terms. Entries are arranged in dictionary style, but a knowledge of Greek is not necessary to use the book, since an English-Greek index provides the reader with Greek equivalents of English terms, with cross-reference to the main text. Its great value is that it isolates terms and allows the reader to follow their individual careers, while at the same time it offers an evolutionary history of the concept instead of a mere definition
The Hajj : the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca and the holy places by F. E Peters( Book )

17 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 1,147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Air travel has now converted what was once a lengthy land or sea voyage into a matter of hours, but the accounts of that earlier, more arduous experience on foot or camelback, under sail or steam, are many and extraordinary. Although overwhelming numbers of travelers have been driven chiefly by piety and God's command, some of them have been European frauds, adventurers, or explorers drawn by the lure, and the danger, of a forbidden experience. Peters has enhanced his presentation of their accounts with an abundance of rare, and in many instances previously unpublished, nineteenth-century photographs of pilgrims and the Islamic Holy Places from the unique collection of the Harvard Semitic Museum, annotated by the curator, Dr. C.E.S. Gavin
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam : the classical texts and their interpretation by F. E Peters( Book )

37 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 1,111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

F.E. Peters has taken the basic texts of the three related--and competitive--religious systems we call Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and has juxtaposed them in a topical and parallel arrangement according to the issues that most concerned all these "children of Abraham." Through these extensive passages, and the author's connective commentary, the three traditions are shown with their similarities sometimes startlingly underlined and their well-known differences now more profoundly exposed. What emerges from this ambitious work is a panorama of belief, practice, and sensibility that will broaden our understanding of our religious and political roots in a past that is, by these communities' definition, still the present. Throughout the work we hear an amazing variety of voices, some familiar, some not, all of them central to the primary and secondary canons of their own tradition: alongside the Scriptural voice of God are the words of theologians, priests, visionaries, lawyers, rulers and the ruled. -- From publisher description
Aristotle and the Arabs : the Aristotelian tradition in Islam by F. E Peters( Book )

21 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jesus and Muhammad : parallel tracks, parallel lives by F. E Peters( Book )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jesus and Muhammad are two of the best known and revered figures in history, each with a billion or more global followers. Now, in this intriguing volume, F.E. Peters offers a clear and compelling analysis of the parallel lives of Jesus and Muhammad, the first such in-depth comparison in print." "Like a detective, Peters compiles "dossiers of what we do and do not know about the lives and portraits of these towering figures, drawing on the views of modern historians and the evidence of the Gospels and the Quran. With erudition and wit, the author nimbly leads the reader through drama and dogma to reveal surprising similarities between the two leaders and their messages Each had a public career as a semi-sucessful preacher Both encountered opposition that threatened their lives and those of their followers. Each left a body of teaching purported to be their very words, with an urgent imperative that all must become believers in the face of the approaching apacalypse. Both are symbols of hope on the one hand and of God's terrible judgment on the other. They are bringers of peace--and the sword. There is, however a fundamental difference. Muslims tevere Muhammad ibn Abdullah of Mecca as a mortal prophet. Although known as a prophet in his day, the Galilean Jew Jesus was and is believed by his followers to have been the promised Messiah, indeed the son of God The Quran records revelations received by Muhammad as the messenger of God, whereas the revelations of the Gospels focus on Jesus and the events of his life and death." "A lasting contribution to interfaith understanding, Jesus and Muhammad offers lucid, intelligent answers to questions that underlie some of the world's most intractable conflicts."--BOOK JACKET
Mecca : a literary history of the Muslim Holy Land by F. E Peters( Book )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2017 in English and held by 812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the non-Muslim, Mecca is the most forbidden of Holy Cities--and yet, in many ways it is the best known. Muslim historians and geographers have studied it, and countless pilgrims and travelers--many of them European Christians in disguise--have left behind lively and well-publicized accounts of life in Mecca and its associated shrine-city of Medina, where the Prophet lies buried. The stories of all these figures, holy men and heathens alike, come together in this book to offer a remarkably revealing literary portrait of the city's traditions and urban life and of the surrounding area. Closely following the publication of F.E. Peters's The Hajj (Princeton, 1994), which describes the perilous pilgrimage itself from the travelers' perspectives, this collection of writings and commentary completes the historical travelogue. The accounts begin with the Muslims themselves, in the patriarchal age of Abraham and Ishmael, and trace the sometimes glorious and sometimes sad history of Islam's central shrine down to the last Grand Sharif of Mecca, Husayn ibn Ali, whose fragile kingdom was overtaken by the House of Sa`ud in 1926. Because of chronic flooding and constant rebuilding, there is little or no material evidence for the early history of Islam's holy cities. -- Publisher description
Allah's Commonwealth; a history of Islam in the Near East, 600-1100 A.D by F. E Peters( Book )

8 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jerusalem : the contested city by F. E Peters( )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This course takes you on a journey through the fascinating history of Jerusalem. As you explore the myriad contributions made to the city by the Jews, Christians, and Muslims, you'll come to understand why each religion reveres this holy place
Sacred : books of the three faiths : Judaism, Christianity, Islam by Karen Armstrong( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sacred is the lush official catalog of the groundbreaking British Library exhibit bearing the same name, which presents many of the worldʹs most beautiful religious texts for the first time. Illustrations from rare and exquisite examples of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim sacred texts from the Libraryʹs collections, along with unique treasures on loan from other institutions, are showcased and accompanied by essays from three of todayʹs leading religious scholars that explore aspects of the three faiths, including their historical development and contemporary meaning. Stunning full-color illustrations of many previously unreproduced manuscripts from the shared history of the three major religions are paired and brought into compellingly modern context by perceptive writers on religion such as Karen Armstrong, Everett Fox, Frank Peters, and Kathleen Doyle. -- Description from (May 10, 2012)
Jerusalem and Mecca : the typology of the holy city in the Near East by F. E Peters( Book )

11 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Arabs and Arabia on the eve of Islam by F. E Peters( Book )

22 editions published between 1998 and 2017 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume examines the background to the rise of Islam. The opening essays consider the broad context of nomad-sedentary relations in the Near East; thereafter the focus is on the Arabian peninsula and the history of the Arab peoples. The following papers set out the political and economic structures of the pre-Islamic period, and are concerned to trace the evolution of religious beliefs in the area, looking in particular at the role of local traditions and the impact of Jewish and Christian influences."--Provided by publisher
Aristoteles Arabus. The oriental translations and commentaries of the Aristotelian Corpus by F. E Peters( Book )

19 editions published between 1962 and 1968 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The monotheists : Jews, Christians, and Muslims in conflict and competition
The children of Abraham : Judaism, Christianity, IslamMuhammad and the origins of IslamA Reader on classical IslamJerusalem : the holy city in the eyes of chroniclers, visitors, pilgrims, and prophets, from the days of Abraham to the beginnings of modern timesIslam, a guide for Jews and ChristiansThe voice, the Word, the books : the sacred scripture of the Jews, Christians, and MuslimsGreek philosophical terms; a historical lexiconThe Hajj : the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca and the holy places
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Francis Edwards Peters accademico statunitense

Francis Edwards Peters Amerikaans hoogleraar

Peters F.E.

Peters, F. E. 1927-

Peters Francis E.

Peters, Francis E. 1927-

Peters, Francis Edward 1927-

Peters, Francis Edwards, 1927-

Peters, Frank

Peters, Frank E. 1927-

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