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Muslims, Christians, and the Challenge of Interfaith Dialogue$
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Jane I. Smith

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307313

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307313.001.0001

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 The Legacy of Engagement

 The Legacy of Engagement

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Muslims, Christians, and the Challenge of Interfaith Dialogue

Jane Idleman Smith (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

For more than fourteen centuries Christians and Muslims have lived in proximity and in one way or another have interacted with each other. The responses of each community have been guided both religiously and practically. This chapter details the rise of Islam and the meaning of jihad, relations between Muslims and Christians from the beginning of Islam to the present, religious polemic, the Crusades, the importance of Jerusalem for both faiths, Muslim military advances into western territories and western missionary movements, and political colonialism in Muslim lands. Dialogue between Christians and Muslims cannot proceed in depth without an understanding of the history that has led to current preconceptions, tensions, and often misunderstandings.

Keywords:   People of the Book, dhimmi, jihad, Crusade, Andalusia, Jerusalem, Reformation, colonialism, missionary movement, Zionism

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