Since the 7th century AD Christianity and Islam have lived alongside one another as two of the world's geographically most extensive monotheistic religions. Together they represent around 60 per cent of the world's population. Relations between the two religions have covered a broad range of varieties: from concord to conflict, from commerce and communication to confrontation and crisis. These relationships represent a significant global reality that affects people of all faiths throughout the world. For this reason Christian-Muslim relations as a global phenomenon require serious attention. The aim of David Kerr's book is to encourage thinking about this relationship in ways that respond to the challenges of the 21st century. The distinctive characteristic of the book is that it examines the subject from contemporary and empirical perspectives, with formative attention to the ways in which African, Arab and Asian Christians encounter Islam in the southern hemisphere. It also considers the ways in which this impacts on the West - for example through the African American community in the United States.
The text widens the traditional framework of scholarship to include evidence and perspectives from non-western Christian experience. In addition to the empirical analysis involved, David Kerr offers theological reflection and proposals for the future of Christian-Muslim relations.show more