A Muslim View of Christianity: Essays on Dialogue by Mahmoud Ayoub

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A Muslim View of Christianity: Essays on Dialogue by Mahmoud Ayoub edited by Irfan A. Omar Orbis, Maryknoll, N.Y, 2007. 264 pp. $25.00. ISBN 9781-57075-690-0

MAHMOUD AYOUB, Professor of Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion at Temple University, has been a significant and highly respected figure in Christian-Muslim dialogue for several decades, and has written extensively on Christian-Muslim relations. In this book, Irfan Omar brings together sixteen previously published essays written by Ayoub over the past four decades. These particular essays were selected because of "their relevance to contemporary Muslim-Christian dialogue" and "their comparative theological and/or historical content" (p. xii). They are arranged topically into four sections.

The first section reflects on the context and need for Christian-Muslim dialogue on some commonly-held beliefs and values. The second offers a comparative treatment of important theological and juridical issues. The third discusses Muslim perspectives on Jesus and contends that there is a genuine Islamic Christology that needs to be taken seriously. The final section examines specific issues of contemporary Christian-Muslim dialogue. The book also includes a brief biography of Ayoub, a selected bibliography of his writings, a glossary, and an index. …