Do Muslims Today “Call on Mary with Devotion”?

Nostra Aetate lists beliefs and practices shared by Muslims and Christians such as prayer, fasting, almsgiving, worshipping the same one God, and honoring Mary. To underscore the last point, the document adds, “at times they even call on her with devotion” (n. 3). While some Muslim scholars take issue with this phrase, arguing that their coreligionists should invoke no one but God, the reality is that many ordinary Muslims today do in fact have a devotion to Maryam umm ʿIsā. This lecture will consider examples of such devotion around the globe: from college students and highway billboards in Chicago, USA, to pilgrims in Mariamabad, Pakistan, to admirers of Lalla Meriem at Notre Dame d’Afrique in Algiers, and more.

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