A Response to Daniel A. Madigan
This chapter presents two Muslim scholars’ comments on the discussion in Chapter 2. The chapter underscores how colonialism in general, and more specifically American foreign policy, such as that under President George W. Bush concerning the Middle East, has rendered dialogue more difficult. It also notes that genuine dialogue need not end in agreement, but that genuine disagreements can be as important as agreements. The chapter admits that theological dialogue for Muslims is difficult, mainly because few Muslims have studied seriously Christian doctrine. The chapter then focuses on some of the best-known texts of the Qur’an that support interreligious dialogue and religious pluralism. Despite these difficult times between Islam and the West, it places great hope in the recent document, A Common Word between Us, issued by Muslim religious leaders around the world.
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