Christian Lives Given to the Study of Islam by Christian W. Troll, C.T.R. Hewer

By Christian W. Troll, C.T.R. Hewer

This e-book captures the autobiographical reflections of twenty-eight Christians who have been among those that, within the wake of the second one Vatican Council (1962-65) and tasks of the area Council of church buildings, dedicated their lives to the examine of Islam and to functional Christian-Muslim kin in new and irenic methods. They list what drew them into the examine of Islam, how their careers constructed, what sustained them during this paintings and salient milestones alongside the way in which. those women and men come from a dozen nationalities and around the spectrum of the Western Church. Their money owed take us to 25 nations and into the entire branches of Islamic reviews: Qur'an, Hadith, Shari'a, Sufism, philology, theology and philosophy. they vary in age from late-forties to late-nineties and so have a wealth of expertise to proportion. they provide attention-grabbing insights into own encounters with Islam and Muslims, converse of the ways that their Christian traditions of religious education shaped and nourished them, and care for a few of the misunderstandings and competition that they have got confronted alongside the best way. In an analytical end, the editors draw out topics and guidelines in the direction of destiny advancements. this sort of constellation has no longer existed earlier than and won't be obvious back for a minimum of part a century. Theirs is a distinct new release and this can be their thought of contribution to the kingdom of Christian-Muslim engagement this present day.

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Diapraxis offers a context within which one can raise deeper issues of faith naturally. It offers an alternative to the traditional dialogue situation where apologia and polemikos take turns. In diapraxis, Christians and Muslims are faced with a common task concerning their common wellbeing; it is in theological language, “an incarnational situation,” in that situation common humanity lends itself to a search for a meaningful expression for the “hope” 15. The term diapraxis was first proposed by Lissi Rasmussen in “From Diapraxis to Dialogue.

It is not a story only about me, because being a Christian implies being part of the Church, as a worldwide community, with a history and a future, a household of faith with many mansions. In this household I played only a minor part. Moreover in my contacts with Muslims I did not present myself as a “reformed” Christian but as simply a Christian linked ecumenically with many others and rooted in the same apostolic faith that was formulated by the ecumenical councils of the ancient church. I have worked hard on these ecumenical connections as will be evident below.

Things might have stayed like that but being so close allowed me to observe the cycle of the whole Muslim liturgical year, which these people, so hard-working and deeply rooted in faith, used to follow. This is how I began to discover the Muslim religion, by watching the performance of certain rituals that mark daily life, and to make out the pillars of faith, which were expressed quite simply and without any hint of aggression. All this helped me to discover a very practical kind of Islam and, later on, through comparison, to deepen my own Christian faith.

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