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Fear and Friendship

Anglicans Engaging With Islam

Edited by Frances Ward and Sarah Coakley


Price: £14.99
Publisher:Continuum - A Bloomsbury Company
Published:March 2012
A stimulating little book for those who care about the relationship between these two ‘Abrahamic’ religions. Its subtitle is Anglicans Engaging with Islam, but I’m sure other Christians will find it interesting too. The underlying question is, ‘What is true friendship?’ The ten narratives contributed by a variety of writers tackle some really live issues, among them Islamophobia, honour, hospitality, offence and satire. In his characteristically thoughtful ‘Afterword’, Rowan Williams considers the fear caused to others by the ‘universalism’ of Islam or Christianity, and discusses the importance of conversion that does not resort to ‘the tools of control or manipulation’. He also suggests why the Church of England may be particularly able to offer an approach to dialogue without secretly seeking ‘the fantasy of universal control’.

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Reviewer: Barry Vendy   (09/08/12)

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