Mary in Islam

In the Qur’an, Mary has a unique place. As the only woman mentioned by name, the mother of Jesus, and a pious servant of God, she has inspired Muslim men and women since the beginning of Islam. In this chapter, there will first be a short overview of Mary’s place in the Qur’an and the sayings of the Prophet, that is, Hadith. Following this, the importance of Mary in Islamic theology and spirituality generally as well as Mary’s historical place within Islam will be outlined. The views of important Muslim mystics, theologians, and various other scholars will be examined. There will be a discussion of Mary’s importance for Christian–Muslim dialogue. Of particular note, the chapter will look at how recent and contemporary scholars have understood Mary’s role and how Mary can be an important figure for inter-faith cooperation.