A Christian Appeal to Islam

Article by Michael Saad

After years of enduring harassment and violence, Egypt’s Christians, the Copts, have seen their situation improve in recent months. The media have become more friendly to Christianity, and plans are being made to purge school textbooks of their hate messages. Certain newspapers have begun to publish articles that try to integrate Christians and their heritage …

A Different Kind of Islamic State

Article by S. Mark Heim

Delegates to the World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order Commission meeting in Kuala Lumpur in August had the novel experience of seeing their sessions covered in the Malaysian media with the intensity that normally attends national elections or the latest developments in the "Malaysian Idol" competition. Malaysian Christians enjoyed this unprecedented public attention given …

An Ecological Reading of the Qur’anic Understanding of Creation

Article by Jose Abraham

Introduction We are on the brink of a frightening ecological disaster. The earth is being destroyed at an alarming speed. It can no longer sustain the rate of our use of its resources. So our relationship with the rest of creation is seriously out of balance. The manifestations of this situation include air, water and …

Between East and West: Confrontation and Encounter

Article by Lamin Sanneh

Debating Muslims: Cultural Dialogues in Postmodernity and Tradition by Michael M. J. Fischer and Mehdi Abedi. University of Wisconsin Press, 600 pp., $49.75; paperback, $23.50. Striving Together: A Way Forward in Christian-Muslim Relations by Charles Kimball. Orbis, 140 pp., $10.95 paperback. Guidelines for Dialogue Between Christians and Muslims, by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. …

Bibliography  in  What can We Learn from Islam: The Struggle for True Religion

Book Chapter by Marcus Braybrooke

Books mentioned in the text: Ahmed, A S, Postmodernism and Islam, Routledge, 1992. Al Faruqi, Ismail R. Islam Argus Communications 1979. Arberry, A J, Doctrines of the Sufis, Cambridge University Press. Arberry, A, The Koran Interpreted, Oxford University Press, 1964. Ayoub, M, Redemptive Suffering in Islam, Mouton Publishers, the Hague, 1978. Aziz-us-Saud, U, A Comparative …

Bin Laden’s Reasons: Interpreting Islamic Tradition

Article by John Kelsay

In recent months, a legion of commentators on Islam have emphasized that true Islam has nothing to do with the killing of innocent people. Despite the apparent religious motives of the September 11 suicide bombers, President Bush and others have stressed that “Islam means peace.” But other commentators have responded that Islam is a militant …