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For years, Benedictine nun Sr. Mary Margaret Funk engaged in interfaith dialogue with American Muslims in an effort to bridge the gaps that seem to divide Christianity and Islam. Islam Is… is the fruit of her reflection on Islam, a religion that has challenged and transformed her and in which she has found startling similarities to her own deeply held Catholic practice and beliefs. She examines the controversial issues of terrorism, women’s rights and economic power, and offers Christians everywhere and Catholics in particular a way of viewing Islam that is honest and authentic. The book concludes with an afterword by Islamic scholar Dr. Shahid Athar, who dialogues with and explores Sr. Mary Margaret’s ideas.
About the author:
Sr. Mary Margaret Funk is the author of Thoughts Matter (Continuum, 1997) and Tools Matter (Continuum, 1999). She is the Executive Director of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue and lives in Beech Grove, Indiana. Shahid Athar, M.D. is Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana.