This resource from IFTAG looks at good websites and books for exploring Christian-Muslim dialogue and witness. You can download as a PDF or read below:
Muslims Ask, Christians Answer
An excellent resource for helping Christians engage with the kind of questions they can be asked by Muslim about Christianity is Christian Trolls website Muslims ask, Christians answer. It avoids the usual defensive pitfalls of many apologetic websites, seeks to help Christians understand why Muslims might be asking such questions encouraging a deeper understanding of Islam and enables the Christian to understand more deeply their own tradition. Firmly rooting the answers within Roman Catholic and Protestant orthodoxy it helps Christians understand their own tradition more fully, have a deeper appreciation of Islamic understandings and an ability to gently challenge Muslim dialogue partners who may make assumptions about Christianity based on negative apologetics rather than Christian self-understanding.
It is also available in book form from the Focolare movement.
And can be downloaded as a PDF.
Understanding Islam & Christian-Muslim relations
Chris Hewer also has a very good website on Understanding Islam and Christian – Muslim relations based on his well tried and tested course on Understanding Islam for Christians. The site has lots of articles and short books to download and Videos on different aspects of Muslim self-understanding about their own faith. This site and Chris’ work generally is aimed at helping Christians have a greater appreciation of Islam and Islamic understandings enabling Christians to challenge their own and others misconceptions. The site is based on Chris’ earlier book Understanding Islam: The First Ten Steps published by SCM Press.
Other Books and resources
From a Friendship evangelism perspective Roland E Miller’s Muslims and the Gospel : Bridging the Gap is an excellent resource that sensitively and appreciatively helps Christians understand and explore Muslim practice and belief. A very good evangelical resource that displays a real depth of understanding in relation to Islam and avoids bearing false witness whilst being rooted to witnessing to Muslims about Christ.
From a grassroots Inter Faith perspective is Ray Gaston’s A Heart Broken Open: Radical Faith in an Age of Fear that explores a parish priests local engagement with Islam in a post 9/11 context.
Barbara Glasson’s Eating Curry for Heaven’s Sake is a good little resource for introducing Christian groups to inter faith encounter with Muslims particularly based on Barbara’s own experience as a Methodist Minister in Bradford.
Bonnie Evans-Hills Engaging Islam from a Christian perspective offers a good all round resource. More details on the Presence and Engagement website.
Peter Colwell for CTBI’s Above us and Between Us – An introduction and resource on the letter a Common Word Between Us and You, signed by 138 Muslim scholars. More details on the CTBI website.
Ray Gaston 06/09/2015