No. 276

The Tenderness of Shiva
Existential experiences of the Tamil divine singer Manikkavasagar according to the collection of his holy songs Tiruvasagam[i]

No. 276 (2020)


Edmund Weber

In the Tiruvasagam[i], which are his songs in honour of Shiva, the Tamil singer Manikkavasagar (born about 800 A.D.) praises the miracle of his completely undeserved salvation from karmic illusion which he owes to his divine Father and Lord Shiva, the kind, friend and blessing-bringer.[ii] „No. 276“ weiterlesen

No. 274

Byzantium and the pre-Islamic Arabs: 
a selection of religious, hagiographical and ecclesiastical sources

No. 274 (2020)

by Maria Vaiou

I dedicate this work to my father, Apostolos Vaiou, who died last year.

Hagiographies, martyrologies (Byzantine, Latin, Coptic, Syriac)

Acts of martyrs=G. Hoffmann, Auszüge aus den syrischen Akten persischer Märtyrer übersetzt und durch Untersuchungen zur historischen Topographie erläutert (Leipzig, 1880). „No. 274“ weiterlesen

No. 268


No. 268 (2020)

By Dharam Singh


The entire humankind wishes that peace prevails in the world, but, as a theologian[i] has said, peace can prevail in the world only if there is peace among religions.   This argument implies that for peace to prevail there must be dialogue – greater and meaningful – among different religions and an investigation of their foundations.  Dialogue among different religions of the „No. 268“ weiterlesen

No. 263

Guru Nanak’s Response to Religious Plurality

No. 263 (2020)

By Dharam Singh

Religious plurality is not a newly emerged phenomenon rather it has been a reality of human social existence ever since recorded human history. The only difference is that it  was  not experienced with the same intensity as it is being experienced in the world today. Also, the human perception of it has changed a lot during the past century or so. In the ancient past people belonging to different religious backgrounds lived in their limited geographical universes. As a result, they did not face the social or theological challenges arising from „No. 263“ weiterlesen

No. 262

Christian Muslim and Byzantine-Muslim religious polemic, interreligious debate, apologetics

A Bibliographical Collectiom

No. 262

By Maria Vaiou

Selected documents


Against Muammad (ca.. 10th or 11th c.), ed./Lat. tr.  PG 104, cols 1447–58.

CMR 2, 577–9.

Agallianos, Theodore (d. bef.  1474)=ed. Ch. G. Patrinelis, Ho Theodoros Agallianos kai hoi anekdotoi logoi autou [=Ὁ Θεόδωρος Ἀγαλλιανὸς ταυτιζόμενος πρὸς τὸν Θεοφάνην Μηδείας καὶ οἱ ἀνέκδοτοι λόγοι του. Μία νέα ἱστορικὴ πηγὴ περὶ τοῦ πατριαρχείου Κων/λεως κατὰ τοὺς πρώτους μετὰ τὴν ἃλωσιν χρόνους] (Athens, 1966). [apologetic logoi of 1463, status of patriarchs in the decade after the conquest of the capital] „No. 262“ weiterlesen

No. 259 (2020)

Byzantines churches or monasteries in Constantinople turned into mosques. A few examples.

No. 259 (2020)

By Maria Vaiou

Church of St. Theodore ta Karbounaria[1]  St. Theodore of Tyrone

The Molla Gürani [2]Mosque or Vefa Kilise Mosque or Kilise Camii; Molla or Malta Şemsettin Camii

Vefa Kilise In the background

The west façade from the northwest

„No. 259 (2020)“ weiterlesen

Nr. 257 (2020)

Begegnung mit dem Heiligen  auf der Pilgerreise des Nath Yog Yogiraj SatGurunath Siddhanath

Nr. 257 (2020)

Von Monika Nawrot

Edmund Weber zum 80. Geburtstag gewidmet

  1. Einleitung

Seit einiger Zeit ist festzustellen, dass in modernen religiösen Organisationen oftmals eine „höhere Wirklichkeit“ gelehrt wird, die eine alle Religionsgrenzen transzendierende Wahrheit voraussetzt. In der heutigen Religionswissenschaft überwiegt seit ihrer Neuausrichtung als Kulturwissenschaft jedoch die Tendenz, religiöse Phänomene naturalistisch

„Nr. 257 (2020)“ weiterlesen

No. 253 (2019)

A preliminary list of Byzantine hagiographical sources (and martyrologies) on Muslim-Byzantine relations

No. 253 (2019)

By Maria Valou

Martyrdom of Agathonikos of Jerusalem (d. 715–7), AASS Oct. IX (1858), 360–2.

EPLBHC, 1, ‘Agathonikos’, 84–5.

Akropolites, C.,  (d. before 1324), eds. J. P. Migne, and J. de Rubeis, Τοῦ σοφωτάτου κύρου Κωνσταντίνου Λογοθέτου Ἀκροπολίτου Λόγος εἰς τὸν ἃγιον Ἰωάννην τὸν Δαμασκηνόν= ‘Sapientissimi domni Constantini Logothetae Acripolitae Sermo in s. Joannem Damascenum’, PG 140 (1865), 811–86.

„No. 253 (2019)“ weiterlesen

Nr. 251 (2019)

The Revolution of Grace
Martin Luther’s, Shri Krishna Caitanya’s and Guru Nanak’s Religion of Grace

Nr. 251 (2019)

Von Edmund Weber


Dialectical Theory of Religion
Three Concepts of Religious Culture
Martin Luther’s Doctrine of Grace
Shri Krishna Caitanya’s Eight Teachings on Grace
Guru Nanak’s Message of Grace

„Nr. 251 (2019)“ weiterlesen