The Muslims of America

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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 and 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‐ Jewish Relations.
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 Churches, 1977).
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 organization.
Abbott and Gallagher, The Documents of Vatican II, p. 663.


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