Cutting-edge global dialogue between Muslims and Christians
In late 2007 Muslim leaders from around the world together issued in the pages of The New York Times
an open letter to Christian leaders inviting cooperation as a step toward peace. That letter, "A Common Word between Us and You," acknowledged real differences between the two faiths but nonetheless contended that "righteousness and good works" should be the only areas in which they compete. The 138 signatories included over a dozen grand muftis, an ayatollah, and a Jordanian prince, and the document was widely considered a groundbreaking step toward reconciliation between Islam and Christianity -- two major religions with a great deal in common.
That original letter and a collaborative Christian response -- "Loving God and Neighbor Together" -- both appear in this remarkable volume. Building on those original momentous documents, A Common Word
further includes subsequent commentary and dialogue between Muslim and Christian scholars addressing critical and frequently asked questions. All in all, this eventful book encapsulates a brave and encouraging move toward harmony and accord between two world religions so often seen to be at odds.Contributors
Judge Bola Ajibola
Habib Ali Al-Jifri
HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal
Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Dr. Aref Ali Nayed
"In 2007, a number of Muslim leaders published an open letter in the New York Times that they called A Common Word'; the document stressed the common ground of Islam and Christianity in love of God and love of neighbor. This important volume unites that original letter and one of the most substantial Christian replies, the so-called Yale Response, created by the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, with new essays by notables such as Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Harvey Cox, Andre Saperstein, and Sen. John Kerry. Almost without doubt one of the most profound interfaith movements and statements in recent memory, this work brings a new audience to this crucial dialog; essential reading for the thoughtful Christian or Muslim."
"A significant effort at interfaith understanding."
— from the foreword
'In spite of the enormous problems that face the world today, I am hopeful and confident that we are on a path towards finding solutions, thanks in large part to efforts like 'A Common Word,' which . . . has the potential to effect radical and positive change in relations between Muslims and Christians."
Senator John F. Kerry
— from the last chapter
'We all want to see a great deal of change. Somewhere between religious war and religious harmony is tolerance, acceptance of others' freedom to believe. I am so impressed by and so grateful to 'A Common Word' for not merely longing for a better dialogue but also standing up and delivering one."