Islam and Christianity seem to be at opposite and unbridgeable
poles, both committed to world mission. Given the political tension and
violent acts that sometimes surround these two major world religions,
it is essential for both sides to understand the other-its history,
beliefs, traditions, and vision for the future.
resource from an expert in comparative religious studies,examines Islam
and Christianity at their deepest spiritual, cultural, and
communal levels. It explores the similarities, and yet unavoidable
differences found in Isaac and Ishmael, Jesus and Muhammad, the Bible
and the Qur'an, Jerusalem and Medina, the Eucharist and the Hajj, the
Church and the Ummah. Reflecting years of conversations and dialogue
with Muslim friends, this is narrative theology, full of anecdote and
personal experience that bridges the poles and builds understanding.
David W. Shenk was born and raised in a Christian missionary home in
Tanzania. For ten years he was involved in educational work in Islamic
Somalia and lectured in comparative religion and church history at
Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya for six years. Since 1980, Shenk
has been based at Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) headquarters,
Salunga, Pennsylvania, where he helps to coordinate interfaith
Appropriate for university and seminary classes, this
guide also includes study questions for small groups or Sunday school
classes. Copyright 2003 Herald Press.