Dr Chris Hewer talks about the book, Christian Lives Given to the Study of Islam.
This book captures the autobiographical reflections of twenty-eight Christian men and women who, in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, committed their lives to the study of Islam and to practical Christian-Muslim relations in new and irenic ways. Their contributions come from across the spectrum of the Western church and record what drew them into the study of Islam. Their accounts take us to twenty-five countries and into all the branches of Islamic studies: Qur'an, Hadith, Shari'a, Sufism, philology, theology, and philosophy. They give fascinating insights into personal encounters with Islam and Muslims, speak of the ways in which their Christian traditions of spiritual training formed and nourished them, and deal with some of the misunderstandings and opposition they have faced along the way.
".. Fascinating insights into personal encounters with Islam and Muslims... " -Journal of the Islamic Studies Association of India
«Unlike any other volume in the field of Christian-Muslim Relations, this book gathers the accumulated wisdom of three generations of Christian scholars of Islam of how their research, teaching, ministry, friendship with Muslims, and experiences in dialogue and relations have deeply affected their lives and greatly influenced their work. Such a collection of fascinating personal narratives, especially by the many who have inspired others to Christian-Muslim relations and Islamic studies, allows glimpses and not a few insights into the learning and the experience behind some of the best work by these contributors.» -John Borelli, Georgetown University
«One only needs to pick up a newspaper, turn on the television, or access the world wide web in order to see the importance and relevance of Islam and Muslim lives. This beautiful book is a significant contribution to our knowledge of both Islam and Christianity. It is unique in that it provides the stories of Christians from a variety of Christian perspectives -who have committed their personal and professional lives to a better understanding of Islam and Muslims. The stories that they tell are as lively as they are informative.» -Amir Hussain, Loyola Marymount University
«It ['Christian Lives Given to the Study of Islam'] is a marvelous resource for those interested in cultivating Christian-Muslim engagement in a way that bears faithful witness, and it may serve to inspire some in a younger generation of Christians to give their lives to such engagement.» -Michael T. Shelley, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations