Joseph Kenny, O.P.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1 Religious freedom in Christian thought
Document 2 Socio-ethical principles
Jan H. Walgrave
Document 3 Declaration on Religious Liberty
Chapter 2 Religious freedom in Islamic thought
Document 4 The treatment of ahl adh-dhimma
Document 5 Treatment of unbelievers
Document 6 Religious liberty: a Muslim perspective
Chapter 3 Dialogue with Muslims
Document 7 The salvation of non-Christians
Document 8 The salvation of non-Muslims
Document 9 Guidelines on dialogue
World Council of Churches
Document 10 Islam and dialogue
See also Dominus Jesus
This volume was born out of the course ARelations among peoples of living faiths@, RES 701 of the Masters in Religious Studies, at the University of Ibadan.
This course was introduced from a growing insistence on the importance of this subject in the world and in Nigeria in particular. Both the Church and the Umma are concerned with the need to promote peaceful and fruitful relations between the two communities, as is evident from uncountable pronouncements made by their respective leaders both in the public media and in private.
The chapters summarize the main directions of Christian and Muslim thought on religious relations, both old and new, both from the closed or hostile side and from the open and friendly side. These are illustrated by ten documents that are representative of the myriad of writings on the topic. It is for the reader to evaluate them and take his own position.
This volume covers the essentials of Christian and Muslim thought on the subject, and therefore should satisfy any general reader.
A specialist in Religious Studies, however, should read further in the different areas of this very complicated subject. He should be familiar with such periodicals as Orita, Bulletin of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, Islamochristiana, The Muslim World, Encounter (Rome), just to mention a few.
For books, one should at least know F. Gioia (ed.), Interreligious dialogue, the official teaching of the Catholic Church (1963-1995) (Boston: Pauline Books, 1997). The periodicals mentioned above provide bibliographies and book reviews that equip the student with all the references he needs B provided, of course, he can find the titles, if he is in Nigeria.
Apart from books, there is the ever-open and limitless book of field work in the real world of daily Christian-Muslim encounter. This can never adequately be reduced to print, much less be treated in this volume.
The theoretical questions raised in this volume are difficult, and most readers will find perspectives that are new and challenging to their received ideas. Read on! It will only strengthen your faith in the end.