Christians and Muslims: From Double Standards to Mutual Understanding

Christians and Muslims: From Double Standards to Mutual Understanding

Christians and Muslims: From Double Standards to Mutual Understanding

Christians and Muslims: From Double Standards to Mutual Understanding

Synopsis

One of the most persistent problems in Christian-Muslim relations over the centuries has been the tendency by each to judge the other by standards and criteria not used in assessing itself. Goddard argues that such is no longer admissible and proceeds to offer a number of useful insights.

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Biblical quotations

Quotations from the Bible have generally been taken from the Common Bible, an ecumenical edition of the texts originally prepared by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. This translation is based upon the Revised Standard Version, and is widely-used by English-speaking members of all Christian churches, Protestant, Roman Catholic and Orthodox.

Qur'ānic quotations

These are usually taken from M.M. Pickthall The meaning of the glorious Koran, published in many different editions. I have used the undated edition published as a Mentor paperback.

Dates

In giving the dates of events prior to the establishment of the Muslim community, I have used the system of BCE (before common era) and CE (common era), rather than the more traditional (and confessionallybased) BC and AD. For events subsequent to the establishment of the Muslim community I have given two dates, the first CE and the second AH (literally Anno Hegirae), which commences with Hijra (migration) from Mecca to Medina in 622CE.

Transliteration of Arabic terms

I have generally used the system of the Encyclopaedia of Islam (2nd edition, Brill, Leiden, 1960ff.), with two alterations which are widely-used in the English-speaking world, namely q for the Arabic letter qāf and j for the Arabic letter jim.

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