with respect to the country's Muslim community. Christian groups differ, and
Muslims need to take these differences into consideration. Many Christian
churches are seeking to affirm the presence of the Muslim community in America and to explore with this community the meaning of their common life
together. Presumably, if the Muslim response to these efforts is positive, the
results may benefit both communities and serve their common concern to
implement the values which their belief enshrines in the American life.
See, for example, Earle Waugh et al., eds., The Muslim Community in North
America ( Edmonton, Alberta: The University of Alberta Press, 1983); Yvonne Haddad
Adair Lummis, Islamic Values in the United States ( New York: Oxford University
Press, 1987; and the bibliographic materials these works contain.
In a discussion on Muslims in America, Yvonne Haddad made that observation
at Hartford Seminary as early as 1983.
The full report is published in Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): 1987 Minutes of
the 199th General Assembly, Part I, Journal ( New York: Office of the Presbyterian
Church [U.S.A.], 1987), Full Report on pp. 492-94, para. 31.307-31.329; Amendment
on p. 84, para. IV.A.1.a. The author has received seventeen letters of appreciation for
this policy statement from leaders of prominent Muslim organizations located in the United States and the Middle East.
The Interfaith Office was established in the spring of 1987. The study book is
that prepared by Byron L. Haines and
Frank L. Cooley, eds., Christians and Muslims
Together: An Exploration by Presbyterians ( Philadelphia: The Geneva Press, 1987).
This organization represents thirty-five Protestant denominations in the United
States that wish to identify themselves with the ecumenical or conciliar movement.
This office is guided and supported by fourteen major denominations and
church organizations, three of which are not members of the NCCC itself.
See the Newsletter of the Task Force on Christian—Muslim Relations, No. 2
( March 1978), pp. 1-2, which outlines the purposes of the office.
See the second section of this statement entitled " Relations with People of
Other Faith." This section is also the rationale for the NCCC's Office on Christian‐
The literature related to the dialogue program of the WCC is extensive, covering a period of some forty or fifty years. As a summary of WCC programs, which
deal with dialogue between Christians and Muslims, see Christians Meeting Muslims:
WCC Papers on 10 Years of Christian—Muslim Dialogue ( Geneva: World Council of
The full statement of this section in English is given by Walter M. Abbott and Joseph Gallagher, The Documents of Vatican II: With Notes and Comments by Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Authorities ( New York: Guild Press, 1966), pp. 660-68.
The formal title of the section is " Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to
Non-Christian Religions." Of special importance was the publication by the Secretariat
for Non-Christians of the Guidelines for a Dialogue Between Muslims and Christians
( Rome: Libreria Editrice Ancora, 1969), the first book of its kind by any Christian
Gallagher, The Documents of Vatican II, p. 663.
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Book title: The Muslims of America.
Contributors: Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad - Editor.
Publisher: Oxford University Press.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1993.
Page number: 49.
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