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What can We Learn from Islam: The Struggle for True Religion by Marcus Braybrooke


The Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke DD., is a retired Anglical Clergyman. He was Executive Director Council of Christians & Jews 1984 - 87, and Chairman of the World Congresses of Faiths 1978 - 83 & 1992 - 99, and is its current President. He is the author of more than a dozen books. His Lambeth Doctor of Divinity was presented by the Archbishop of Canterbury in recognition of "his world-wide work for inter-religious understanding and co-operation." Text copyright 2002 by Marcus Braybrooke. Published by John Hunt Publishing Ltd, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9AU, UK. Used by permission of the author.


Preface


I am grateful to John Hunt for the invitation to write this book and for his help and encouragement. This has given me the chance to reflect on my nearly forty years of reading about Islam and on meetings and conversations with Muslims in many parts of the world, to whom I express my thanks and appreciation. I am especially grateful to members of the Oxford Abrahamic Group, The Three Faiths Forum and the Manor House Jewish, Christian and Muslim Dialogue Group as well as to members of other interfaith organisations to which I belong.

I am grateful to Roger Boase for reading and commenting on the script (and to Dr Ali for writing a Foreword). Mistakes and opinions expressed are of course my responsibility. As always I am very grateful to Mary for her support.

Recent events have made me aware how little even yet members of different religions understand each other and how much ignorance and prejudice there is to dispel. More than ever Christians and Muslims need both to affirm the beliefs and values that they share and to act together for a more just and peaceful world. May we as servants of the one God compete in good works.

22 March 2002 Marcus Braybrooke

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