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« on: July 25, 2004, 06:58:39 AM »

The Sunday Times, London, carries a report today that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is to mark the third anniversary of the 11 September attacks by praising Islam in an address from the pulpit of the mosque at the Al-Azhar University, Cairo.

He will reportedly speak on the common ground between Christianity and Islam with their shared inheritance as 'children of Abraham'.

I must confess this report leaves me with very mixed feelings. Is the choice of the courageous or insensitive. What will my relatives in Brooklyn make of it? The use of the cliche 'children of Abraham' means what? It would appear to cover just about every thing from Arians, semi-Arians, Nestorians, Mormons, Jehoval Witnesses and every sect and faction of Judaism and Islam too.

It is true that both Christians and Moslems are neighbours, and in many places close neighbours. So we need to learn to co-exist without enmity and strike. However, our beliefs are incompatible no matter which way you cut it. As I began the report leaves me with mixed feelings............
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2004, 01:45:01 PM »

Well, I, for one, am not going to waste energy denouncing  Cantuar+ until the actual words he says at the time are available. It's a 'wait and see' kind of thing. No judging on 'what he might say' only what he *does* say.

Re "Children of Abraham" - how about being descended from him via Ishmael?

I, again, recommend "The Trouble With Islam" by Irshad Manji

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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2004, 05:40:57 PM »

Thank you for the book recommendation. I already have the Observer's book on Islam, which is a factual presentation. Have a few books to buy so that one may have to wait.

Tks.....
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2004, 07:25:09 PM »

Regarding the shared inheritance of Muslims, Jews, and Christians as the "Children of Abraham", I reccomend reading "Abraham : A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths" by Bruce Feiler.

 
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2004, 10:19:33 PM »

Regarding the mosque at Al-Azhar University, Cairo, I recommend procuring a copy of the book "Dynamite is our Friend"

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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2004, 06:04:24 AM »

Thank you, kind Sirs, for the various and intriguing book recommendations. At this rate I can see two things happening; Amazon doing quite well out of my account and me having no time to do my ironing.............. Grin
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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2004, 08:46:27 PM »

If I may, I should like to recommend www.bookfinder.com as an addition to your bibliophilic searchings, Etienne.  It links bookshops large and small in several countries: US, England, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, The Netherlands and possibly others.  I have been able to get books from small shops in England and the US that I will never enter physically I'm sure.  

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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2004, 01:52:31 PM »

Ebor, thank you again. Am borrowing a computer (mine has gone to be repaired), and when mine is back I will add that one to my address book. Wink
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