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Learned Ignorance: Intellectual Humility among Jews, Christians and Muslims

James L. Heft, Reuven Firestone, and Omid Safi


Constructive interreligious dialogue is only a recent phenomenon. Until the nineteenth century, most dialogue among believers was carried on as a debate aimed either to disprove the claims of the other, or to convert the other to one's own tradition. At the end of the nineteenth century, Protestant Christian missionaries of different denominations had created such a cacophony amongst themselves in the mission fields that they decided that it would be best if they could begin to overcome their own differences instead of confusing and even scandalizing the people whom they were trying to convert ... More

Keywords: Protestant Christian missionaries, Protestants, Catholics, interreligious dialogue, Jews, Judaism, Christianity, Muslims, September 11, the West

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199769308
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769308.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James L. Heft, editor
Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, US

Reuven Firestone, editor
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Professor of Medieval Jewish and Islamic Studies, US

Omid Safi, editor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Professor of Religious Studies, US

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Learned Ignorance

James L. Heft

Part I Learned Ignorance and Interreligious Dialogue

3 “Seeing the Sounds”

Michael A. Signer

4 Finding Common Ground

Asma Afsaruddin

Part II Must Particularity Be Exclusive?

5 Humble Infallibility

James L. Heft

8 Supernatural Israel

Shira L. Lander

Part III Violence, Apologies, and Conflict

10 After Augustine

Elizabeth Groppe

Part IV Religious Pluralism

14 Saving Dominus Iesus

Daniel Madigan


Reuven Firestone, James Heft, and Omid Safi

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