Christian Engagement with Islam

Ecumenical Journeys since 1910

Why did the Christian Church, in the twentieth century, engage in dialogue with Islam? What has been the ecumenical experience? What is happening now? Such questions underlie Douglas Pratt’s Christian Engagement with Islam: Ecumenical Journeys since 1910. Pratt charts recent Christian (WCC and Vatican) engagement with Islam up to the early 21st century and examines the ecumenical initiatives of Africa’s PROCMURA, ‘Building Bridges’, and the German ‘Christian-Muslim Theological Forum’, together with responses to the 2007 ‘Common Word’ letter.

Between them, Islam and Christianity represent over half the earth’s population. Their history of interaction, positive and negative, impacts widely still today. Contentious issues remain real enough, yet the story and ongoing reality of contemporary Christian-Muslim engagement is both exciting and encouraging.

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Douglas Pratt, PhD (1984) St Andrews University, Scotland; DTheol (2009) Melbourne College of Divinity; is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Waikato and Adjunct Professor, Theology and Interreligious Studies, at the University of Bern. His publications include the subject areas of Christian-Muslim relations and contemporary issues in religion.

1. Introduction
2. Christian Encounters with Islam: An Historical Precursor

Part One
Engagement Underway: 20thC Ecumenical Journeys
3. World Council of Churches: c.1910-c.1970
4. From Dialogue to Relationship: WCC c.1970-c.2000
5. Vatican II: Catholic Groundwork for Dialogue
6. Catholic–Muslim Relations: Post-Vatican II

Part Two
Engagement Focussed: Developments and Initiatives
7. Ecumenical Developments: The Twenty-first Century
8. PROCMURA: An African Journey
9. Building Bridges: an Anglican Ecumenical Initiative
10. Christian-Muslim Theological Forum: a German Journey
11. The ‘Common Word’ letter: Christian Response to Muslim Initiative
12. Conclusion: Observations and Evaluations


An introductory overview and discussion, this book will suit tertiary students, especially of theology and religious studies, and relevant interfaith practitioners and indeed anyone interested in contemporary Christian-Muslim relations.
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