A World of Inequalities: Christian and Muslim Perspectives

Author: Lucinda Mosher

February 16, 2021

In A World of Inequalities: Christian and Muslim Perspectives, 15 leading Christian and Muslim scholars respond to the global crisis of inequality by demanding and modeling interreligious dialogue. Based on the Seventeenth Building Bridges Seminar (2018), this volume takes an intersectional approach, examining aspects of global inequality including gender, race and ethnicity, caste and social class, economic and sociopolitical disparities, and slavery. Essays explore the roots of these realities, how they are treated in Christian and Muslim traditions and texts, and how the two faiths can work together to address inequality. A World of Inequalities brings readers into the conversation, inviting them to engage in a similar dialogue by offering pairs of essays alongside texts for close reading.

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Table of Contents

  • Participants 
  • Introduction

Part One: Overviews

  • Unjust Inequality as a Challenge for Contemporary Islam | Ovamir Anjum
  • The Challenges of a World of Inequalities for Christians Today | David Hollenbach, S.J.

Part Two: Muslims and Christians Facing the Reality of Inequality

  • Gender and Islam: Obstacles and Possibilities | Samia Huq
  • The Problem of Race in Christianity | Elizabeth Phillips
  • Nationality and Ethnicity in West Africa: An Economic and Religious Perspective on Inequalities | François Pazisnewende Kaboré, S.J.
  • Islam and the Challenge of Sociopolitical Equality: The Contribution of Religious Creed | Sherman A. Jackson
  • Caste and Social Class in the Christian and Islamic Communities of South Asia | Sunil Caleb
  • Slavery: Source of Theological Tension | Jonathan Brown

Part Three: Inequality, the Bible, and the Christian Tradition

  • Inequality in the Old Testament | Leslie J. Hoppe, OFM
  • Old Testament Texts for Dialogue on Inequalities 
  • For All of You Are One in Christ Jesus? The New Testament Witnesses on Ethnic, Economic, Social, Religious, Racial, and Gender Inequality | Christopher M. Hays
  • New Testament Texts for Dialogue on Inequalities 

Part Four: Inequality, the Qur'an, and the Hadith

  • Racial, Religious, and Gender Equality: Reflections on Qurʾanic Texts | Abdullah Saeed
  • Qur'an and Hadith Texts for Dialogue on Human Nature, Gender, Ethnicity, Religion, and Inequality 
  • Economic Equality and Inequality: An Introduction to Selected Qurʾanic Texts | Abdullah Saeed
  • Qur'an and Hadith Texts for Dialogue on Economic Inequality 

Part Five: Possibilities and Obstacles toward a Common Ethic of Equality

  • Three Strands Leading to the Edge: Considering the Possibility of a Common Ethic of Equality | C. Rosalee Velloso Ewell
  • Muslim-Christian Bridges: Toward a Shared Theology of Human Development? | Azza Karam

Part Six: Reflections

  • Considering Inequalities as Scholars of Faith: Reflections on Bridge-Building in Sarajevo | Lucinda Mosher

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