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Interfaith Dialogue: A Guide for Muslims

June 6, 2011

Although Islam recognizes the diversity of religions, religious pluralism is often an overlooked part of the Islamic tradition. In this book, Mohammad Shafiq and Mohammed Abu-Nimer argue that Islam teaches respect for all religious traditions and has a strong tradition of interreligious dialogue. Both authors assert that the significance of dialogue is to foster peace and understanding and is now increasingly important in a world that is embroiled in religious conflict. This book offers Muslims and lay people interested in Islam a nuanced guide for engaging in religious dialogue and building relationships with Jews and Christians in their communities. It also offers methods to counter the issues than might arise in the process of dialogue, including defensive reactions and compromising deeply held theological beliefs.

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