By A. Siddiqui
The ebook describes the problem of modernity confronted through Muslims and Christians and the problem of non secular pluralism. It describes Muslims' encounters with Christianity within the first 1/2 this century and their participation in organised dialogues initiated by way of the church buildings within the moment part. It highlights their apprehensions and expectancies in discussion and problems with co-existence on the planet this day. The booklet makes a speciality of six widespread Muslim personalities who symbolize a large spectrum of Muslim opinion and 3 foreign businesses and their perspective in the direction of discussion.
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On the one hand, the Dutch wanted to foster a feeling of contentment with Dutch rule among the Indonesians. Therefore, they attempted to disseminate Western culture among the population in such a way that the Indonesians would adopt it as their culture 'without necessarily neglecting their own'. This was known as 'association'. And on the other, they set out to convert the 'Indonesians, Muslims as well as pagans, to Christianity'. This was not necessarily for spiritual reasons; rather, the aim was related to the first, that is to strengthen Dutch rule in Indonesia.
It affirms the ongoing reality of Israel as a people mysteriously chosen by God, and as such related to the Church. Or shall we put it the other way round: the Church related to Israel, Israel being what it is? Both perspectives are complementary. If Lumen Gentium has chosen the former, Nostra Aetate has chosen the latter. 30 Again, although Rahner's view of 'anonymous Christians' had a profound impact on the Council, the Council was not yet prepared to accept Muslims as part of an 'inner circle', as the Jews were, and was not prepared to identify Muslims as 'the sons of Ishmael', as perhaps Massignon would like to have seen.
As pointed out earlier, a third, revivalist, approach to modern problems seeks to redress the Muslim problem in newly formed states by reverting to the Qur'an and the Sunnah and sees Western-style government as a threat. They argue that it will bring all the 'evils' of Western society, and 'moral decadence' will be transplanted into Muslim countries. They also oppose the Marxist-socialist style of government in which they foresee the implementation of an atheistic, Godless society. In such circumstances the call for dialogue by the Christian Churches, especially from the West, was a very attractive option.
Christian-Muslim Dialogue in the Twentieth Century by A. Siddiqui