New York: Philosophical Library, 1984. First edition. Octavo, original green cloth, green top edge, original dust jacket. Nearly-fine. Item #384
MOTHER MARY ON A PRAYER RUG. First edition in English of this work portraying the Blessed Virgin Mary as "a luminous point where Moslems and Christians may converge in brotherhood." Mary of the Koran, by the noted Lebanese Mariologist and Carmelite priest, Nilo Geagea, was inspired by "Nostra Aetate," the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on the Church's Relation to Non-Christian Religions. The short Introduction, by the Rev. Alex J. Brunett, President, National Association of Diocesan Officers, is bookended by two brief statements from Vatican II on the relationship between Christianity and Islam, including a short passage from Nostra Aetate. The text consists of three sections: Chapter One. Analysis, Chapter Two. Synthesis, Chapter Three. Conclusion. The text is accompanied by extensive footnotes and the back matter after the text includes an extensive Bibliography, an Index of Authors Mainly Quoted, an Index of the Main Arabic Words, and a general Index. Translated and edited by a fellow Lebanese Carmelite, Lawrence T. Fares. The dust jacket features a drawing of Mary, seated on a prayer rug and cradling the newborn Jesus (reproduced as the frontispiece portrait) by the Rev. Jerry McDonald OFMC along with a note explaining the symbolism.