Christian-Muslim Dialogue in the Middle East: Tradition and the Exigencies of Context

Author: George Sabra

Publisher/Publication: Theological Review

Volume/Issue: 40

DOI/ISBN: ISSN: 0379-9557

This article aims to prove that contemporary Christian-Muslim dialogue has influenced the understanding of one’s traditions. The author examines three original contemporary works, one by a Christian scholar, who re-interprets the scriptures in order to find a place for Islam in salvation history, a communal Muslim call for dialogue that use Christian terminology and quote the Bible as well as the Quran, and a joint Christian-Muslim approach that was developed side by side, without any theological assessment. He concludes that the context of which these theologies emerged is very important, and that a potential radical self-examination of religion would have a tremendous impact on inter-religious dialogue in the Middle East.