By Paul-Gordon Chandler
Modern tensions among the "Islamic" East and "Christian" West run excessive. right here Paul-Gordon Chandler offers clean considering within the zone of Christian-Muslim family, displaying how Jesus --whom Islam reveres as a Prophet and Christianity see because the divine Messiah--can shut the space among the 2 religions. traditionally, Christians have usually taken a confrontational process towards Islam, best many Muslims to spot the Christian religion with the cultural prejudices and hegemonic objectives of Westerners. Chandler boldly explores how those significant religions--which percentage a lot universal heritage--cannot simply co-exist, but additionally enhance one another. He illustrates his viewpoint with examples from the lifetime of Syrian novelist Mazhar Mallouhi,widely learn within the heart East. Mallouhi, a self-identified "Sufi Muslim follower of Christ," seeks to bridge the chasm of bewilderment among Muslims and Christians via his lifestyles and writings.
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In order to help pay the bills, Mazhar started a small business selling artifacts. Having recently come out of the Nasser era, Egypt was in an economic depression, with the population increase having overtaken the economic growth. Though President Nasser, the popular leading figure of the Arab Nationalism movement, had focused on establishing social programs to improve the living and working conditions of the peasants and workers, the masses in Egypt were still extremely poor. The new president, Anwar Sadat, attempting to reverse Nasser’s socialist programs by opening the doors wide to capitalism and the West, greatly increased the gulf between the rich and the poor.
I felt that they were trying to close my mind to every aspect of life except that of the Bible,” says Mazhar. Paradoxically, there were similarities with the teaching and worldview that he had experienced as a young boy in the Qur’anic school run by the Muslim Brotherhood. Mazhar was once even reprimanded by the principal of the Christian institute for reading Voltaire, and was forbidden to do so again. ” He unfortunately found this overall experience to be spiritually and intellectually stifling.
Several years later, this same intelligence officer led a failed coup d’état in Syria, resulting in the Syrian government offering a reward of $25,000 for any information on his whereabouts. One day, in 1966, walking down Abdel Aziz Street, where he was living in Beirut, Mazhar happened to run into this same officer, who was still hiding from the Syrian government. Khalil was immediately afraid that Mazhar would turn him in to the Syrian authorities for the financial reward, especially after having wronged Mazhar a few years earlier by the smear campaign.
Pilgrims of Christ on the Muslim Road: Exploring a New Path Between Two Faiths by Paul-Gordon Chandler