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Common Ground

Islam, Christianity, and Religious Pluralism

Common Ground

Islam, Christianity, and Religious Pluralism

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Paperback / softback

£22.50

Publisher: Georgetown University Press
ISBN: 9781589015074
Number of Pages: 240
Published: 04/09/2009
Width: 14 cm
Height: 21.6 cm
Christian-Muslim interaction is a reality today in all corners of the globe, but while many celebrate the commonality of these traditions, significant differences remain. If these religions cannot be easily reconciled, can we perhaps view them through a single albeit refractive lens? This is the approach Paul Heck takes in "Common Ground": to undertake a study of religious pluralism as a theological and social reality, and to approach the two religions in tandem as part of a broader discussion on the nature of the good society. Rather than compare Christianity and Islam as two species of faith, religious pluralism offers a prism through which a society as a whole - secular and religious alike - can consider its core beliefs and values. Christianity and Islam are not merely identities that designate particular communities, but reference points that all can comprehend and discuss knowledgeably. This analysis of how Islam and Christianity understand theology, ethics, and politics - specifically democracy and human rights - offers a way for that discussion to move forward.

Paul L. Heck

Paul L. Heck is an associate professor in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University. He is the author of The Construction of Knowledge in Islamic Civilization and editor of Sufism and Politics: The Power of Spirituality.

"Heck's easy prose and Islamic learning make it a delightful journey for the reader." -- Reviews in Religion and Theology "This is a sophisticated little book and well worth reading... A well-argued defence of a pithy insight, drawing on the wisdom and experience of countless Muslims and Christians." -- The Way "The author combines historical perspective and knowledge of sources with informed contemporary analysis, a rare blend in current Islamic scholarship... Common Ground represents a new style of interreligious writing which combines scholarly excellence and spiritual pursuit, two aims often conceived as mutually exclusive. Recommended reading for anyone interested in widening his or her perspective on issues that are pivotal to Muslim-Christian conversations and to present-day debates on Islam's "compatibility" with the West." -- Islamochristiana

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