"Let books be your dining table, / And you shall be full of delights. / Let them be your
And you shall sleep restful nights" (St. Ephraim the Syrian).

Friday, February 24, 2012

Dialogue with Islam

David Bertaina, whom I interviewed here, is the author of a recent book, Christian and Muslim Dialogues: The Religious Uses of a Literary Form in the Early Islamic Middle East (Gorgias, 2011) whose details you may read here.

Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies sent the book out for expert review by Gabriel Said Reynolds, who is the Tisch Family Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Reynolds, the editor of  The Quran in Its Historical Context (Routledge, 2007) and the author most recently of The Emergence of Islam: Classical Traditions in Contemporary Perspective (Fortress, 2012), has written other works in the field of Islamic studies. 

Reynolds says that Bertaina's treatment of Christian-Muslim dialogues offers us a "clear, organized, and insightful presentation" and is "the first systematic scholarly discussion in English of this literature." He concludes by noting that "Bertaina’s work is a valuable contribution in light of the ever-growing interest in Muslim-Christian dialogue today."

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