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For publicity events and speaking engagements, see http://www.paulgordonchandler.com/schedule.htm. Today's tensions between the 'Islamic' East and 'Christian' West run high. Here Paul-Gordon Chandler presents fresh thinking in the area of Christian-Muslim relations, showing how Christ_whom Islam reveres as a Prophet and Christianity worships as the divine Messiah_can close the gap between the two religions. Historically, Christians have taken a confrontational or missionary approach toward Islam, leading many Muslims to identify Christianity with the cultural prejudices and hegemonic ambitions of Westerners. On the individual level, Christ-followers within Islam have traditionally been encouraged by Christians to break away from their Muslim communities. Chandler boldly explores how these two major religions_which share much common heritage_can not only co-exist, but also enrich each other. He illustrates his perspective with examples from the life of Syrian novelist Mazhar Mallouhi, widely read in the Middle East. Mallouhi, a self-identified 'Sufi Muslim follower of Christ,' seeks to bridge the chasm of misunderstanding between Muslims and Christians through his novels.
Chandler, an Episcopal priest serving in the Middle East, has written a fascinating and stimulating book about the life and work of Syrian novelist Mazhar Mallouhi. Relatively unknown in the English-speaking world, Mallouhi considers himself a "Sufi Muslim follower of Christ"; he accepts Christ and Christian ideas without jettisoning his origins in Islam. Mallouhi's assertions have proved controversial, resulting in his exile and imprisonment. Neither a conventional biography nor a systematic study of Islam or Sufistic Christianity, Chandler's book uses Mallouhi to ask new questions about Eastern and Western interpretations of Christianity and goes a long way toward fostering multicultural understanding as it restores "Eastern-ness" to the image of Jesus. Highly recommended.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part 1 — Pilgrim of Allah: Devotion to Christ within the Line of Muhammad Chapter 3 Pilgrimage to Faith Chapter 4 Journeying Among Muslims Chapter 5 Discovering Home Part 6 Part 2 — Bridging Two Worlds Chapter 7 Salaam on Islam Chapter 8 Muslim Disciple of Christ Part 9 Part 3 — New Directions for the Journey Chapter 10 Resurrecting the Eastern Christ: Embracing the Semitic Face of Jesus Chapter 11 Opening a Middle Eastern Book: Returning the Christian Scriptures to their Middle Eastern Origin Chapter 12 Once Upon a Time: Telling Eastern STories of Faith to Muslim Audiences Chapter 13 Questions to a Muslim Christian Pilgrim: An Interview with Mazhar Mallouhi Chapter 14 Appendix: List of Mazhar Mallouhi's works