Mary in Early Christianity and Islam

Document Type : Research Paper


PhD Candidate in Comparative Religions and Mysticism, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad


This article explores the life and importance of Mary in Islam and Christianity, aiming at clarifying the criteria for which Mary has been revered in each tradition. It will be shown that Mary in Christianity is almost merely important because she was the mother of Jesus, while the Muslim reverence for her is based on her own noble characteristics. From the Muslim perspective, even if Mary had not been Jesus’ mother, she would have been a prominent figure and a great example for believers.


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