The course will enable the student to understand the official teaching of the Church on interreligious dialogue and the state of the official dialogue between the Catholic Church and Islam since Nostra Aetate (Vatican II). Consideration of certain themes including the Caliphate, Jihad and Sharỉa will lead to the understanding of some contemporary Islamic movements and the challenges they raise. The course will demonstrate the importance of dialogue and give some orientations on Dialogue thus encouraging the student to be involved, and do further research in interreligious dialogue.
1. Nostra Aetate: A foundational document for dialogue with Muslims. The progress of official dialogue between the Catholic Church and Muslims. 2. Two documents on dialogue: Dialogue and Mission and Dialogue and Proclamation. Their relevance for the dialogue with Muslims. 3. Struggling with jihad: the Qur’anic basis; historical examples; the recrudescence of jihad. 4. The attraction of the Caliphate: its origins and early history; its decline; the search for unity in the Islamic world. 5. The call for the application of sharỉa: the Qur’anic basis; the sources of sharỉa and its development; present day problems with sharỉa. 6. Orientations and Challenges: Privileged areas of encounter (including the dialogue of life); Islam and Politics today; Perceptions of Islam among Christians and other non-Muslims.
After the completion of this course, the student will be able to: • Appreciate the importance of interreligious dialogue in the mission of the Church. Explain the official teaching of the Church regarding interreligious dialogue and the achievements and obstacles involved in the process of dialogue. • Appreciate the issues underlying some of the contemporary Islamic movements and the challenges they present to interreligious dialogue. • Identify the opportunities for interreligious dialogue, take interest in further research and be prepared to be involved in the effort for dialogue. Bibliography: Fitzgerald, Michael. – Caspar Robert. Signs of Dialogue. Christian Encounter with Muslims. Zamboanga City: Silsilah Publications, 1992. Fitzgerald, Michael. Dieu rêve d’unité: Les catholiques et les religions: les leçons du dialogue. Entretiens avec Annie Laurent. Paris: Bayard, 2005. Gioia, Francesco. Interreligious Dialogue: The Official Teaching of the Catholic Church from the Second Vatican Council to John Paul II (1963-2005), Boston: Pauline Books & Media, 2006. Henry, A.M. Les relations de l’Eglise avec les Religions Non-Chrétiennes. Paris: Cerf, 1966. Hinze E. Bradford. – Omar, A. Irfan Edited by. Heirs of Abraham. The Future of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Relations. Maryknoll NY: Orbis Books, 2005. Isizoh Chidi Denis. Milestones in Interreligious Dialogue. Rome: Ceedee Publications, 2002. Kendall, Daniel – O’Collins Gerald Edited by. In Many and Diverse Ways: In Honour of Jacques Dupuis. Maryknoll NY: Orbis Books, 2003. Further bibliography will be supplied at the time of the course