Christian Lives Given to the Study of Islam

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-11-01
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press

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This book captures the autobiographical reflections of twenty-eight Christian men and women who, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, committed their lives to the study of Islam and to practical Christian-Muslim relations in new and irenic ways. Their contributions come from across the spectrum of the Western church and record what drew them into the study of Islam. Their accounts take us to twenty-five countries and into all the branches of Islamic studies: Qur'an, Hadith, Shari'a, Sufism, philology, theology, and philosophy. They give fascinating insights into personal encounters with Islam and Muslims, speak of the ways in which their Christian traditions of spiritual training formed and nourished them, and deal with some of the misunderstandings and opposition they have faced along the way.

Author Biography

CHRISTIAN W. TROLL is Honorary Professor for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at St. Georgen Graduate School of Theology and Philosophy, Frankfurt am Main.

C. T. R. HEWER has worked in the field of Christian-Muslim relations since 1986.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The Tents of Kedarp. 3
Following a Path of Dialoguep. 13
God-Consciousnessp. 22
Called from My Mother's Wombp. 31
A Life between Church and Islam;: Seeking True Discernmentp. 42
A Philosophical-Theologian's Journeyp. 53
A Pilgrimage amongst the Treasures of Islamic Traditionsp. 63
Seeking a Theological Encounterp. 71
Engaging in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Personal Journeyp. 81
All Over the World, the Spirit Is Movingp. 94
Synchronized Spiritualitiesp. 103
On Being a Servant of Reconciliationp. 115
A Man of Dialoguep. 128
A Boy from God's Countryp. 135
Teaching the Religion of Othersp. 46
An Engagement with Islamp. 153
Liminality: Living on Bordersp. 163
Growing in Love and Truth with Muslimsp. 177
An Interfaith Experience of Dialogue as Love in Action, Silence, and Harmonyp. 188
Spiritual Paths as Ways of Dialoguep. 200
A Dominican Friar in a Land of Immigration and in a Land of Islamp. 211
How Did You End Up in Islamic Studies?p. 219
A Call to Muslim-Christian Dialoguep. 229
Grace Builds on Naturep. 239
A Lenten Journeyp. 247
Journeying toward Godp. 258
"From the brook by the path": Formation and Transformation in Meeting Muslimsp. 268
Intelligence, Humility, and Confidence: An Agenda for Christian Engagement with Islamp. 278
So What Have We Learned?p. 287
List of Contributorsp. 297
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