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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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 When Dialogue Goes Wrong

 When Dialogue Goes Wrong

(p.83) 5 When Dialogue Goes Wrong
Muslims, Christians, and the Challenge of Interfaith Dialogue

Jane Idleman Smith (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Most Muslims and Christians who have been involved with dialogue, either as a one-shot experience or in the context of an on-going group, are enthusiastic and want to affirm that good things have come out of the encounter. Nonetheless, not all interfaith experiences turn out well. There are traps into which even the most ardent advocates of interfaith exchange may fall, and problems that must be addressed if real progress is to take place in mutual understanding. This chapter identifies some of these potential pitfalls, and suggests how, with careful planning, groups can avoid problems and proceed in their discussions with a greater degree of comfort.

Keywords:   extremism, youth, gender, Wahhabis, Sunnis, Shi̒ites, African Americans, conversion, syncretism, feminism

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