A comparative approach to the analysis of the prophet Moses’ speech impediment in the Muslim and Judeo-Christian traditions

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Much debate surrounds the question of whether or not the Prophet Moses had a speech impediment, in particular,a stutter. The topic is discussed in great detail by both the Judeo-Christian and Islamic traditions. Yet important Islamic theological sources claim that one of the essential attributes of a prophet is ‘infallibility’ (ismah). Islamic theologians believe that God protects his prophets from committing sin on account of their sublime mission. They are perfect role models, obeying the Prophet’s orders and carrying God’s divine message to humankind. A further necessary characteristic of prophets is their immunity from all kinds of physical and mental defects (salamah). According to Islam, a prophet possesses an extremely attractive spirituality, captivating personality, and impeccable conduct. They are charming, grateful and presentable in terms of their outward physical appearance. These qualities enable the prophet to convey his message and inspire believers to accept that message. In short, God protects His prophets from physical and spiritual defects so that God’s message is conveyed in the best possible way.
This paper looks at the way the Judeo-Christian tradition evaluates the attributes of Moses in Exodus 4:10, comparing this passage with Qur'an 20:25-29; 43:51-52. I will discuss how the absence of certain prophetic characteristics in the Judeo-Christian tradition would seem to contradict the Divine Wisdom argued by Muslim theologians. My concern is to demonstrate that such a comparison as this can ultimately lead to a better understanding of one's own tradition.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event2017 Asia-Pacific Conference on Comparative Theology - Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 19 Jul 201720 Jul 2017
https://www.acu.edu.au/connect_with_acu/events/melbourne/asia-pacific_conference_on_comparative_theology (Conference website)


Conference2017 Asia-Pacific Conference on Comparative Theology
OtherThe Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at Australian Catholic University is delighted to invite you to attend our upcoming Asia-Pacific Conference on Comparative Theology, Wednesday 19 July and Thursday 20 July 2017. The two-day conference will be held at Australian Catholic University, St Patrick’s campus, Melbourne.

The conference aims to explore new and creative ways of learning from and with other religions in Asia, without forsaking our own cherished beliefs and practices. We will focus on the method(s) and purpose required of such an endeavour in our mobile and pluralistic societies in the Asia-Pacific region.
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