Interfaith Dialogue Issues - article collection


updated 1-19-2008

Interfaith dialogue is a critical imperative in order to heal the world.  This collection of articles is an attempt to give an overview of dialogue, encouraging signs, and also a section at the end on difficulties or incidents that discourage or shut down dialogue.

A Common Word
- Update on “A Common Word Between Us and You” An Appeal From Muslim Scholars For Dialogue and Peace, Sheila Musaji 
- Muslim scholars send Christmas greetings, accept dialogue invitation, John Thavis 
- Light on horizon for interfaith peace Muslim-Christian dialogue offers hope, Douglas Roche

A Dialogue of the Cultures Instead of the Clash of Civilisations,  Naika Foroutan

A Call to Bridge the Abrahamic Faiths, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf,

A Contemporary Christian Response to Islam, John Renard,

A Key to Shaping the Political Agenda: Part 1 Peaceful Engagement Through Interfaith Action, By Dr. Robert Dickson Crane,

“…a land of olive oil, and honey”, Rabbi Baruch (Barry) Leff

A Pax on Both Their Houses - Interfaith Peace Effort Ignored By Mainstream Media,  Sheila Musaji , A Pax on both our houses campaign still necessary, Rabbi Arthur Waskow

A Small Step Toward Interfaith Dialogue, Akbar S. Ahmed, 

A Time for Healing, Imam Ghayth Nur (Lonnie) Kashif

Abrahamic Gatherings For Global Healing, Len Traubman

Abrahamic Heritage and Interreligious Dialogue, Tarek Mitri,

Abrahamic Heritage and Interreligious Dialogue, Tarik Mitri,

Absolute truth manifests itself in diverse ways, Muhammad Khatami

Address at the 40th Anniversary Commemoration of Nostra Aetate, Dr. Abdul Cader Asmal

Agree or disagree, let’s try to understand, Sherman Jackson

American Jewish Community urges dialogue with ‘moderate’ Muslims


An Assessment of Christian-Muslim Dialogue, Walid Saif

ANDALUSIA: Finally remembering centuries of Muslims, Jews, Christians thriving together, Len Traubman

Anglican Bishops multi-faith book prompts some protests

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Speech at al-Azhar

Are Islam and Christianity on a Collision Course, Interview with Seyyed Hossein Nasr and John Esposito,

Assessing the Myths of Interfaith Dialogue, David Shasha

At the crossroad of Islam, the West, Tariq Ramadan

Bases and Boundaries of Jewish, Muslim, Christian Dialogue, Zalman N. Schachter,

Basis for Hindu-Muslim Dialogue, Riffat Hassan

Benedict XVI and Islam: In Search of Balance, John Renard

Benedict XVI and Islam: the first year, Abdal Hakim Murad

Beyond Hindu and Muslim: Dara Shikohs Quest for Spiritual Unity, Yoginder Sikand

Beyond The Tower of Babel: A Linguistic Approach to Clarifying Key Concepts in Islamic Pluralism, Jeremy Henzell-Thomas

The Bridge with Islam, Rabbi Haim Ovadia

British and Muslim, Abdul Hakim Murad

British Muslims, Europe and the Holocaust, Yahya Birt

Building Bridges and Interfaith Harmony - India-Pakistan Trip Report, Iftekhar Hai

Building Bridges Between Sikhs and Muslims, Yoginder Sikand

Building Interreligious Trust in a Climate of Fear, USIP,

Can We Get Along?, Sheila Musaji, 

The Challenge of Respect: Celebrating Interfaith Commonality, Exploring Religious Differences, Kay Lindahl

Challenging Stereotypes, Tony Klug

Children of Abraham, Godfrey Chesire,

Christian-Muslim Relations, Tarek Mitri,

Christian-Muslim Dialogue, John Renard,

Christian-Muslim Dialogue: Good News Is No News,  Melanie Miehl

Christians and Muslims in Europe, M. Fitzgerald,

Church Statements On Islam,

Civilizational Dialogue and the Islamic World, Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Common Ground Between Islam and Christianity, Charles Nelson,

Continuities and Discontinuities in Islamic Perspectives on Cultural Diversity, Sulayman S. Nyang

Daring to be European Muslims, H. A. Hellyer

The Death of Aqsa Parvez Should Be an Interfaith Call to Action, Sheila Musaji

Dialogue, a necessary conversation, Ebrahim Rasool

Dialogigical Relationship Between Christianity and Islam, Hasan Askari,

Dialogue is a Necessity, Jeremy Rifkin,

Dialogue of Civilizations & The Globalization of Spirit, Kabir Helminski

Dialogue To What End?, Farish A. Noor

Dialogue With Islam, Hans Kung

The Divine Spark Within That Unites Us All, Jacob Bender,,%20Jacob%20Bender.htm

Domestic Interfaith Summit Conference, Chicago 4/2003,

Don’t Know Much About Islam?, Scott Alexander

Election of New Pope  and Election of Pope Benedict XVI

Exploring the Possibility of Hindu-Muslim Dialogue, Kana Mitra,

Evil and God’s Chosen, Dr. Nazir Khaja and Rabbi Steven Jacob

The Faith of George W. Bush: Christian Supremacy, American Imperialism and Global Disaster, Yoginder Sikand

Faith in the future: Islam after the Enlightenment, Abdal-Hakim Murad

First-Ever Interfaith Series to Air on Bridges Television Network ─ American Muslim TV

For God and Our Father Abraham: Towards a More Inclusive Witness for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, D. Jason Berggren

Forecasting the Future of Islam in Europe and in America, Dr. Robert D. Crane

Freedom of Religion in Christian, Buddhist, Sunni, and Shi’a Jurisprudence: The Role of ‘ ‘Ilm al ‘Adl, Dr. Robert D. Crane

Getting To Know One Another, Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa

God as Our Judge - Rosh Hashanah Essay, David Shasha

God of Abraham: A Mathematicians View

Great Rabbis of the Muslim Empire, Dr. Ezra Chwat

Guide to Interfaith Dialogue, AIC,

Historic Interfaith Meeting: First World Conference of Imams and Rabbis for Peace

Hospice:  An Interfaith Perspective on its Past, Present, and Future,  Dr. Robert Dickson Crane


Interfaith Dialogue: Not Just for the Abrahamic Faiths, Iftekhar Hai

Interfaith group takes on ‘Islamophobia’

Interfaith Group Takes New Approach to Domestic Abuse, Rebecca Rosen Lum

Interfaith group, St. Louis Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls Response to Baptist Convention Statements


Interfaith Guidelines on Human Rights, Pluralism, Democracy, and Authority, Dr. Robert D. Crane

Interfaith Relations With Muslims, Nostra Aetate #3, Pope John Paul II,

Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue Guidelines, Lucien Cosijns

Interview with Dr. Hans Küng on interfaith dialogue

Interview with Lawrence Pintak:  “We Must Be Capable of Dialogue”, Bernhard Hillencamp

Interview With Reverend Jack Cory, Christian-Muslim Dialogue Group,  Sheila Musaji

Is the Catholic Church Changing Its Position Re. Islam?

Islam, Father Theodore Pucini,

Islam and Coexistence: What I Didn’t Say and Missionary Myopia, Dr. Habib Siddiqui

Islam and Christianity: Diatribe or Dialogue? Ismail al Faruqi,

Islam and Judaism, Akbar S. Ahmed

Islam and Other Religions, Ismail al Faruqi

Islam and the Trialogue of Abrahamic Faiths, Leonard Swidler

Islam in the West, Dr. Murad Hoffman

Islam, Nonviolence, and Interfaith Relations, M. Mazzahim Mohideen

Islamic-Buddhist Dialogue, Dr. Alexander Berzin

Islamic-Christian Dialogue: Approaches to the Obstacles, Jacques Lanfry

Islamic Spirituality: The Forgotten Revolution, Abdal Hakim Murad

Islam’s Forsaken Renaissance, Mahathir bin Mohamad

ISNA’s Ninth Inter-Religious Unity Banquet:  Pros and Cons, by Dr. Robert D. Crane

It’s Time to Pitch Our Tents Together, Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Rabbi Phyllis Berman

Jesus in the Qur’an: an Akbari Perspective, Reza Shah-Kazemi,

Jesus, Islamic and Christian Views,

Jewish-Muslim Dialogue and the Value of Peace, Jacob Bender

Jewish-Muslim dialogue deeper than it seems, Aaron Greenblatt

Jewish sages on “lesser jihad” and “greater jihad”, Svend White

Jews, Christians & Muslims: From A Conflicting Past to a Future of Tolerance, Mushfiqur Rahman,

Jihad of Tears, Edward Miller, Esq.

Judaism and Islam: Beyond Tolerance, His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan

Key to Effective Religious Dialogue, Jason Barker,

Lack of Knowledge About “the Other”, Akbar S. Ahmed,

Languages of the Heart, Linda Malas,

Legacy of Abraham, Sheila Musaji,

Let Muslims, Christians unite behind Jesus’ mission, Imam Mohammad Ali Elahi


Matzoh, Moses and Muslims, Hesham Hassaballa,

Metaphysics of Interfaith Dialogue, Reza Shah-Kazemi, Part I -
Part II -

Medieval Philosophical Discourse and Muslim Christian Dialogue, Mehdi Aminrazavi

Misunderstanding Islam, John Alden Williams

Muslim-Christian Dialogue, Jamal Badawi

Muslim-Christian Relations, Sound Vision, 

Muslim-Christian Ties in Europe, hans Koechler

The Muslim-Hindu-Christian-Jewish Peace Plan, William Glick

The Muslim Expulsion from Spain:  An Early Example of Religious and Ethnic Cleansing, Roger Boase

Muslim Minorities in Europe, H.A. Hellyer

Muslim Violence, Christian Non-Violence:  People in Glass Houses Should Not Throw Words, Sheila Musaji

Muslims and Jews, Sound Vision,

Muslims and European Integration, Farish A Noor

Muslims and Buddhists in Asia, Chandra Muzaffar,

Muslims & Buddhists in Asia, Chandra Muzaffar,

Muslims & Jews, A Historical Perspective That Yields Surprises,

Muslims and Jews: Common Ground, Robert Eisen

Muslims and Jews: Let us coexist, Azzam Tamimi

Muslims and Non-Muslims: Can We Work Together for the Good of All?

Muslims and the European Right, Sheikh Abdal-Hakim Murad

Muslims Deserve the Same Respect as Christians or Jews, Edgar M. Bronfman

Muslims Engaging the Other and the Humanum, Farid Esack, Part I -
Part II -

Nature and Authority of Scripture: Implications for Hindu-Muslim Dialogue, Anantanand Rambachan

Necessity of Dialogue, Mike Letterfield,

Necessity of Interfaith Dialogue, Fethullah Gulen

NETWORK OF SPIRITUAL PROGRESSIVES:  A Review Of The “Conference on Spiritual Activism” , Shaikh Kabir Helminski  - The Religious Left Fights Back
Van Jones  -  Progressives of spirit, moving toward working together, Doug King  -  When the Right Breaks the Barrier, How Should a Spiritual Left Respond, Rabbi Michael Lerner

New Perspectives for Jewish-Muslim-Christian Dialogue, Mohammed Arkoun,

On the Essence of Respect, Rabbi Yossi Ives

On the Use of the Term “Arab Jew”, David Shasha

One God, Many Names, Umar Faruq Abd-Allah

One God to Bind Them All, Ira Rifkin

One River, Many Wells, Larry Reimer & Zeeshan Bhatti,

Oneness of Allah and the Oneness of His Community, Shaikh Ahmed Abdur Rashid,

Opening our minds may make us open our hearts

Our common Abrahamic heritage, Javeed Akhter

Our Shared Present and Future, Tariq Ramadan,

The Pathologisation of Muslims in Europe, Farish A. Noor

Peace Between Religions, Syed Hashim Ali,

The Peace of Abraham, Hagar, & Sarah: Sharing Sacred Seasons This Fall, Rabbi Arthur Waskow

People of the Book & the Muslims, Harun Yahya,

The Possibility of Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue, Dr. Tony Klug

Principles of Interfaith Dialogue,

Principles for Starting an Interfiath Dialogue, Martin Landau,

Prophet Muhammad’s Charter to the Monks of St. Catherine’s Monastery

Professor Muriel Walker: An Interfaith Hero, by Sheharyar Shaikh

Progress in Inter-religious Dialogue, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan,

Putting Christian-Muslim Dialogue to the Test, Aiman Mazyek

Rabbi and the Imam

Rabbi, Bishop and Islamic scholar honored for work in Interfaith Dialogue,  Jonathan Hayden, Washington, D.C.

Re-Imagining Sikh-Muslim Relations in the Light of the Life of Baba Nanak, Yoginder Sikand

Religion, Identity and Mideast Peace, Rabbi David Rosen

Religion, Peace Dialogue: Maulana Wahiduddin Khan’s Search for a Relevant Islamic Theology, Yoginder Sikand

Remarks of Head of NCC Interfaith Relations to ISNA Convention, Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana

Remarks of President of the Union for Reform Judaism to ISNA Convention, Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Sacrifice of Abraham, Tariq Ramadan,

Saying “Amen”, Rev. Emmett Barnes, 

Setting the Agenda of Christian-Muslim Dialogue, Tarek Mitri


“So That You May Know One Another”: The Role of People of Faith in the 21st Century, Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa

Spirituality, Not Religion is the Key

Striving Together in Dialogue, World Council of Churches

Terrorism or Dialogue and Justice?,  Kamran Mofid

That Muslims and Jews Coexist Is Not an Option - It Is An Imperative, Dr. Abdul Cader Asmal

Three Faiths - One Message, Jonathan Freedland,

To Whom Shall We Give Access To Our Waterholes?, Farid Esack

Toward a Global Code of Ethics, Dr. Robert D. Crane,

Theology and the Clash of Civilizations, Jack Miles 


Tracing Abraham: Patriarch of Judaism, Christianity and Islam may be key to peace,1249,660198213,00.html

Treating Christmas With Respect, Abdul Malik Mujahid,

Trinity - a Muslim Perspective, Abdal-Hakim Murad,

The Truth About Islam: An Alternate View, Andrew Morris

Truths Jews, Christians and Muslims Hold in Common, Msgr. Joseph M. Champlin

Turning Our Anguish Into Solidarity, Imam A. Rashied Omar,

Turning Jews into Muslims: The Untold Saga of the Muselmänner, S. Parvez Manzoor

The Voice of Fear and the Voice of Hope, Rabbi Michael Lerner

‘War on Terror’ Rhetoric Sounds Like War on Islam, Parvez Ahmed

Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?, By Michael D. Greaney

What Are Dialogue and Deliberation?, National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation

What Is the Catholic View of Islam?, Scott Alexander, 

What is Dialogue?, Prof. Leonard Swidler,

When Israel is an Issue, Speaking Out to Christian Ears: My Speech at Old South Church in Boston, Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Where Is the Muslim Voice In The Terrorism Discourse?, Yoginder Sikand

Will Blunders Never Cease?  Vatican Lumps Cultural Relativism with Religious Pluralism, Dr. Robert D. Crane

Will dialogue survive the death of Pope John Paul II



Asma Society,


Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions


Faith and Values,

Fellowship of Reconciliation,

Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism,

Interfaith Calendar,

Interfaith Voices for Peace and Justice,

ISNA Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances (IOICA)

National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation

Pluralism Project at Harvzard,

Religious Tolerance Organization,

A Sourcebook for Earth’s Community of Religions,

Virtual Religion Index at Rutgers University, 

World Prayer Collection

A Dialogue in Hell,  Farish A. Noor
A Judaeo Christian Tradition?
A Christian jihad?, Khaled Diab
A Tsunami of Confusion - Antisemitism and the Arab-Israeli conflict, Tony Klug
American Christian Fundamentalist Leader Calls for Global War, Yoginder Sikand
Are We the New Jews of Silence?, Gidon Remba
Ashamed of American Christian abandonment of their faith, Ray Hanania
Authoritarian Impulse Darkens Abrahamic Creeds, Anne Pettifer
Barriers to Dialogue, Ruquaiyyah Waris Maqsood,
Bigotry is an ugly word, Rabbi Jack Moline
Block thinking threatens dialogue between Islam and the West
Christian Brotherly Love Difficult For Some To Attain, Sheila Musaji
Christian Clergyman Calls For Internment Camps for Muslims?, Sheila Musaji
Christian Extremism, Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood
Christian Missionary Work Among Muslims, Yoginder Sikand
Christian Zionism: Terror in Jesus’ Name, Yoginder Sikand
‘Crusading’ Do-Gooders: Who and What They Are, and Why They Should Leave Us Alone, Yoginder Sikand
Dove World Outreach Christian Center Christmas Message “Hate to the World”, Sheila Musaji
Egyptian Christians: Strangers in their Native Land!, Aladdin Elaasar
Europe’s Muslims Worry Bishops
European Muslims are now getting the same treatment Jews had a century ago, Maleiha Malik
Evangelicals on the War Path, Yoginder Sikand
The Evangelical Challenge: A New Face of Western Imperialism, Yoginder Sikand
Have We All Been Hijacked, Karen Armstrong
Imams, Airplanes, and my Grandmom, Rabbi Arthur Waskow
Impact of 9/11 on Muslim-Jewish Relations,
Interfaith dialogue an antidote to poison of religious intolerance
Interfaith, not infidel, By Iftekhar Hai
Is Islam the Enemy?, Charles Kimball,
Is Peace Possible Between Muslims and Jews?, Shahed Athar
Is Religion Bad For The World?, Hesham Hassaballa
Islamic Sharia and Jewish Halakha Arbitration Courts, Sheila Musaji
Jewish “Ahavah shel achvah” Brotherly Love is Difficult for Some to Attain , Sheila Musaji
Jews, beware of Islamophobes bearing gifts
Judeo-Christo-Fascism Awareness Week Comes to American Campuses!, Rabbi Arthur Waskow
LEFT BEHIND BOOK SERIES -Armageddon Fiction Grips the U.S.  - Bad Fiction, Bad Faith  - Christian Bookstore Won’t Stock Latest Left Behind Book - Fundamentally Unsound - Jesus and Jihad -Left Your Brain Behind?  -Lights, Camera, Christians  - The 12th Coming of Less Than Glorious Fiction  -Turner Diaries Lite  -Rise of the Righteous Army
Not so fast Christian soldiers by Michael L. Weinstein and Reza Aslan,0,4674900.story
Obsession:  Radical Judaism’s War With Islam, Sheila Musaji
On Holocaust exploiters, deniers, and heroes, Mas’ood Cajee
PASSION OF THE CHRIST FILM - ADL & Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ”  - Evangelical Coalition Promotes Mel Gibson’s Film -  Mel Gibson and the Gospel of Anti-Semitism, Charles Patterson  - Could Gibson Film Spark Anti-Semitism?
The public face of Christian Evangelical bigotry, Muqtedar Khan, Ph.D.
Risks in Religious Dialogue, Rabbi Jonathan Magonet,
Roots of Misconception: From the Middle Ages through the Modern Period: The European Discovery of Islam, Ibrahim Kalin
Them and us,  Martin E. Marty
The Use and Abuse of Scriptures, Sheila Musaji
Vatican Discourages Marriages With Muslims
Vatican Statement Reveals Growing Unease With Islam