A film now in theaters
Of Gods and Men directed by Xavier Beauvois in French. The movie is based on the story of Trappist monks in Algeria who were kidnapped and murdered in 1996 during the Algerian civil war. The monks lived at peace among Muslim neighbors until they were forced to confront both the government and terrorists, but they decided they would not voluntarily leave their monastery home.
Allah: A Christian Response by Miroslav Volf. A key dialogue participant in the rounds of Muslim-Christian discussion following "A Common Word Between Us and You" now discusses points of intersection and overlap between the two faith traditions and offers a well-considered claim that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. ISBN #978-0-06-192707-2. Day1.org posted an excerpt online and Christian Century has adapted an excerpt, "Allah and the Trinity."
Christian-Muslim Talking Points: Topics in Christian-Muslim Relations is provided by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and provides free downloadable material (plus a user guide) on such topics as believing in God, forgiveness and salvation, the Bible and the Qur'an.
Islamophobia: The Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century edited by John Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin. In a multidisciplinary approach, this book combines analysis and policy recommendations. Contributors evaluate good practices and offer new methods for dealing with discrimination, hatred, and racism. ISBN #
978-0199753659 (for the paperback edition).
Islamic Horizons, which is produced by the Islamic Society of North America and has the largest distribution of any English-language Muslim magazine in the U.S., is now available online. Archived issues back to 2008 are also available. There is also a search function for magazine articles.
Presbyterian and Presbyterian-adopted resources
A Study on Islam, action growing out of the Islamic Study advisory committee's work, adopted by the 199th General Assembly (1987)
Abraham and Ibrahim: the Bible and the Qur’an Told to Children by Francien van Overbeeke- Rippen with a study guide by Kenneth and Margaret Thomas, a resource for teaching children about Islam. Order from PDS, ISBN 1-57153-072-X.
Brief Brochure, Christians and Muslims (for Korean, order #742901002KOR)
Cartoons of Muhammad: Free Speech or Sacriligious Offense? by Ted Peters, #TC0080 in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum to be downloaded online
Christian Fasting by Lynne Baab, #TC0099 in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum to be
downloaded, should be a valuable help to Christian self-understanding for those engaged in dialogue about this practice
Christian/Muslim Dialogue Packet. #7429202002.
Christians and Muslims in Dialogue: Facets of a Relationship, a resource that originally grew out of listening to the experiences of Presbyterians involved in these relationships; includes very simple explanations of Islam and Christian relations with Islam. #7429202001.
Faithful Living Among Muslims: Christian Witness in Markedly Different Settings. Audio recording of a panel at the PC(USA) World Mission '07 conference with John Azumah, Ghana; Hendrik Shanazari, Iran; Peggy Thomas, U.S.A./global; and Jay Rock, moderator. Listen online.
Islam by Marston Speight, #TC0046 in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum to be downloaded
Islam and Christianity by Mitali Perkins, a young adult resource in the We Believe curriculum, order #613600; for the author’s description of the motivation for writing, click here.
Introduction to the Koran by Nancy Mikoski, #TC0102 in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum to be downloaded
Shi’ites and Sunnis: Sibling Rivalry in the Muslim Family by Elias Mallon, #TC0060 in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum to be downloaded
Striving Together in Dialogue: A Muslim-Christian Call to Reflection and Action, a document prepared by Muslim-Christian dialogue hosted by the World Council of Churches and adopted by the PC(USA) for guidance. Download
Toward an Understanding of Christian-Muslim Relations, approved for study and guidance by the 219th General Assembly (2010). Download.
You Shall Love Your Neighbor: Christians and Muslims in a Time of Fear, Church & Society magazine, January/February 1994, grows out of a basic World Council of Churches statement, “Issues in Christian-Muslim Relations: Ecumenical Considerations,” commended by the 205th General Assembly (1993) for study and implementation. The WCC statement is included, together with articles that explore its facets. PDS #72630-94-601 (Use the Quick Order button; order by number, not by title).
What Did the Pope Mean? Christianity, Islam, and the Struggle for Understanding by Steve Lytch, #TC0085 in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum to be downloaded, discusses the Pope's comments, issues it raises, and actions Christians might take.
Resources from other sources
Approaching the Qur'an: the Early Revelations, 2nd edition, by Michael Sells. The introduction alone is worth the price of the book, which comes with a CD with an hour's Qur'anic recordings by both male and female reciters. ISBN #13-
Collections & Stories of American Muslims (CSAM), web site on the history of Islam in America, particularly important for tracing African-American history from early years in the nation's development.
Faith Matters: Sunnis and Shias, broadcast on WNPR featuring three Muslim graduate students at Hartford Seminary, for listening online
Ishmael Instructs Isaac: An Introduction to the Qur'an for Bible Readers by John Kaltner. ISBN 0-8146-5882-2.
Islam Project, centered around a web site and encompasses two PBS films, "Legacy of a Prophet" and "Muslims," as well as the American Muslim Teens Talk video with lesson plans, a series of online maps, and a community engagement component now functioning in a number of larger cities in partnership with local entities, including Auburn Seminary in New York City. "Legacy of a Prophet" has a special study guide made available from the NCC interfaith office.
Islamica magazine, from the Center for Intercivilization Dialogue, winner of prestigious awards administered by the Religion Communicators Council, has both Muslim and non-Muslim writers. See its good web site.
islamicfinder.com, web site for calculating local times for prayer and locating local Islamic institutions
ISNA 2006 convention videos, various speakers and topics related to the theme, "Achieving Balance in Faith, Balance and Community"
Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, a video presentation by KQED, available with a study guide from the NCC interfaith office
Muslims, Christians, and the Challenge of Interfaith Dialogue by Jane I. Smith. Looks at models of Christian-Muslim dialogue in America, the pluralist imperatives in each religious community, and new directions. ISBN #20-0195307313 and ISBN #13-978-0195307313.
Noah's Other Son: Bridging the Gap Between the Bible and the Qur'an by Brian Arthur Brown. Examines 25 major figures found in both the Qur'an and the Bible to understand the similarities in the texts' underpinnings, for the Muslim, Jew, and Christian. ISBN #0-8294-2797-9 and ISBS #13-9-78-0-8264-2797-7.
Revelation: Catholic and Muslim Perspectives by the Midwest Dialogue of Catholics and Muslims, 2006, USCCB Publishing. The result of eight years of dialogue, providing an introduction through looking at a fundamental concept in both religions. ISBN
Strengthening America: The Civic and Political Integration of Muslim Americans report by the Task Force on Muslim American Civic and Political Engagement, sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 2007.
That We May Know Each Other, a document and accompanying study guide of the Justice, Global and Ecumenical Relations Unit, United Church of Canada.
The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook, prepared by a mother and her two children post-9/11, has proved useful beyond the Muslim community. There is an Islam 101, a guide to prayer and the hajj, tips on reading the Qur'an, thoughtful discussion on controversial issues, a reflection of the varying attitudes and practices among U.S. Muslim teenagers. ISBN #10-0979253128 and ISBN #13-978-0979253126.
The Sublime Qur'an, a translation into English by an Iranian-American woman, Laleh Bakhtiar, receiving notice for its formatting in the sequence of the Qur'an's oral transmission and for its translation of verse 4:34 that conventionally reads " to beat" but here reads "to go away" concerning actions of husbands in relation to their wives. ISBN #10-1567447503 and #13-978-1567447507.
What Does Islam Say about Terrorism?, a brochure available on the Why Islam? web site.
Who Speaks for Islam?: What a Billion Muslims Really Think by John Esposito and Dalia Mogahed. Analyzes the results of a six year study by the Gallup Organization that amplifies voices of Muslims who are not heard in the media. See a review. ISBN #10- 1595620176 and ISBN #13- 978-1595620170.
Windows for Understanding: Jewish, Muslim, Lutheran Relations, ELCA study material with many parts that can be helpful to others, downloadable from the ELCA web site.
Latter-day Saints relations
Brief Brochure, Presbyterians and Latter-day Saints, available for download
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) by Eileen Lindner, #TC0004 in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum series to be downloaded
Journal of Presbyterian History, Winter 2002, on Presbyterians and Mormons
Presbyterians and Mormons: A Study in Contrasts, a resource prepared by Theology and Worship with a study guide. PDS #273-90-001.
Resources from other sources
A Portrait of Mormons in the U.S., from an analysis of the U.S. Religious Landscape Study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, July 2009. Available online.
The Mormons, four-hour documentary produced by PBS available in DVD. Order online.
Why Is It So Hard to Talk about Mormons?, a short essay from Sightings, which offers commentary on public religion from the Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago
in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum to be downloaded, looks at Buddhists' practice of their religion, where they are, and what possible areas of agreement there are between them and Christians
Christian Learning about Buddhist Neighbors, information about Buddhists and a Christian reflection on Christian faith in light of Theravada Buddhism. #7429201006.
The Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies, a coordinating body supporting activities in the comparative study of, and the practical interaction between, Buddhism and Christianity; publisher of the Buddhist-Christian Studies Journal
Tricycle: the Buddhist Review, the leading independent journal of Buddhism in the West, introducing and disseminating Buddhist views and values
Hindu-Christian Dialogue: A Hindu Perspective, article by Seshagiri Rao, from the Hindu-Christian Studies Bulletin
Hinduism from Ancient Times and supplemental resources, from Hinduism Today magazine, promoted by the
Hindu Temple Executives Conference for use in schools, sixth grade or older.
Introduction to Hinduism, posted by the Hindu-American Foundation. See also the Media Toolkit on the same web site, dealing with misrepresentations perpetuated by the media.
ISKCON in Relation to People of Faith, by Saunaka Rsi Dasa. ISKCON, a Vedic-Hindu movement commonly encountered in the U.S., states its position on relationships; from a larger issue of the ISKCON Communication Journal, December 1999, that includes responses and other articles of interest, available online.
Ramayana podcast, episodic readings in English translation of the Ramayana as told by
Sri Ramacharitramanas in The Lake of Exploits of Shri Ram; in 30 minute episodes, available free online.
Seven Vows or Saptapadi, an outline of the vows taken at a Hindu wedding
The Society for Hindu-Christian Studies, dedicated to the study of Hinduism and Christianity and their interrelationships; publisher of the Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies
Bibliographies from the Center for Multifaith Education, Auburn Seminary, compiled by Lucinda Mosher and Daniel Brenner, arranged according to specific relationships
Other Faiths Articles and Resources, a service of the Episcopal Church Interfaith Education Initiative
Pagan Involvement in the Interfaith Movement: Exclusions, Dualities and Contributions, by Grove Harris, a Cross Currents article
Scientology by David Otto.
#TC0132 in The Thoughtful Christian curriculum series to be downloaded
Sikh-Americans and Religious Liberty, an interview with Robert T. Tuttle by a researcher at the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life
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