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Building A Better Bridge

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Building a Better Bridge is a record of the fourth "Building Bridges" seminar held in Sarajevo in 2005 as part of an annual symposium on Muslim-Christian relations cosponsored by Georgetown University and the Archbishop of Canterbury. This volume presents the texts of the public lectures with regional presentations on issues of citizenship, religious believing and belonging, and the relationship between government and religion -- both from the immediate situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina and from three contexts ...

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Overview

Building a Better Bridge is a record of the fourth "Building Bridges" seminar held in Sarajevo in 2005 as part of an annual symposium on Muslim-Christian relations cosponsored by Georgetown University and the Archbishop of Canterbury. This volume presents the texts of the public lectures with regional presentations on issues of citizenship, religious believing and belonging, and the relationship between government and religion -- both from the immediate situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina and from three contexts further afield: Britain, Malaysia, and West Africa.

Both Christian and Muslim scholars propose key questions to be faced in addressing the issue of the common good. How do we approach the civic sphere as believers in particular faiths and as citizens of mixed societies? What makes us who we are, and how do our religious and secular allegiances relate to one another? How do we accommodate our commitment to religious values with acknowledgment of human disagreement, and how can this be expressed in models of governance and justice? How are we, mandated by scriptures to be caretakers, to respond to the current ecological and economic disorder of our world?

Michael Ipgrave and his contributors do not claim to provide definitive answers to these questions, but rather they further a necessary dialogue and show that, while Christian and Islamic understandings of God may differ sharply and perhaps irreducibly, the acknowledgment of one another as people of faith is the surest ground on which to build trust, friendship, and cooperation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589012219
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/2008
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The Venerable Dr. Michael Ipgrave is the Archdeacon of Southwark, Church of England.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Muslims, Christians and the Common Good Michael Ipgrave

1. Believers and Citizens

"In Broken Images": Faith in the Public Sphere Maleiha Malik

Christian Faith and National Belonging Michael Nazir-Ali

Faith and National Identity of Catholics in Bosnia-Herzegovina Mato Zovkic

The Identity of Christians in Church and in State Bogdan Lubardič

Faith and National Identity in Britain Zaki Badawi and Michael IpgraveNotes

2. Seeking the Common Good

Islamic Views of the Collective Tariq Ramadan

The Common Good: Catholicism, Pluralism, and Secular Society John LanganBosnian Muslim Scholars on Governance and Justice Fikret Karcic

Muslim and Christian Perspectives on Different Models of Governance and Justice Vladimir CiricGovernment and Religion in Malaysia Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Different Models of Governance and Justice: A West African Christian Perspective John Azumah

Notes

3. Caring Together for the World We Share

Christianity, Islam and the Challenge of Poverty Rowan Williams

Poverty and the Charism of Ishmael Timothy J. Winter

Speaking to the Heart Ellen F. Davis

Āyatology and Rahmatology: Islam and the Environment Aref Ali Nayed

Notes

ConclusionBuilding Bridges in Bosnia-Herzegovina Michael Ipgrave

Index

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