With a Foreword from an Orthodox Perspective by His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and a Foreword from a Muslim Perspective by Dr. Mahmoud Ayoub
For centuries Orthodox Christians and Muslims have co-existed in close proximity to each other. This volume gathers scholarly studies about their historic connections, as well as contemporary efforts at dialogue that promote understanding between adherents of these two world religions.
“Papademetriou has made a real contribution in drawing together articles that sketch important areas for dialogue – Jesus as prophet, categories for historic Byzantine and contemporary inter-religious dialogue, reflection on key players such as John of Damascus and St. Gregory of Palamas, the role of Aristotle in Islamic and Christian thought, and the Jesus Prayer and Dhikr in comparative piety – to name but a few. This book enters a realm often overlooked by the politicization of religion, the common elements of an Islamic-Eastern Christian Civilization.”
–Dr. Rodney Petersen, Executive Director, Boston Theological Institute
“This book offers rich insight into the theological dialogue between Orthodox Christianity and Islam that goes back centuries in the land where Muslims and Orthodox Christians first interacted as neighbors. The articles collected in this volume illustrate the breadth of this dialogue, which has continued to the present day.”
–Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, Associate General Secretary - Faith & Order and Interfaith Relations National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA