Journal Article

ABRAHAM'S FAMILY IN CHILDREN OF GEBELAAWI

Steven G. Smith

in Literature and Theology

Volume 11, issue 2, pages 168-184
Published in print June 1997 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online June 1997 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/11.2.168
ABRAHAM'S FAMILY IN CHILDREN OF GEBELAAWI

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What vision of the ‘Abrahamic faiths’ best allows Jews, Christians and Muslims to discuss with each other their historically and theologically linked projects? The medieval ‘three rings’ story says nothing about the different commitments of the three faiths, and Rozenweig's Star of Redemption says too much. More promisingly, Mahfouz's allegorical novel Children of GebelaauH positions the Abrahamic faiths (along with modern science) in a shared struggle with injustice and misery. Although they exhibit different strengths and weaknesses, the faiths are united by the hope of realizing an inheritance from God and by grievous disappointment. GebelaauH is a call of Abrahamic conscience, tellingly inflected according to religious realities yet evocatively sketchy and open.

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