Published On: Sat, Mar 16th, 2013

Muslims seek improved interfaith dialogue

0,,16277173_303,00The relationship between Islam and Christianity has been rocky, to say the least. Muslims around the world are hoping the new Catholic pope will strengthen dialogue between faiths.

Pope Francis’ predecessor, Benedict, learnt early on in his reign of the Holy See just how much can go wrong in dialog with Islam. In 2006, a year after taking office, Benedict gave a controversial speech in Regensburg, Germany.

In it, he quoted a Byzantine emperor who accused the Prophet Mohammed of being inhumane and doing only evil deeds. It provoked Muslims around the world and from Algiers and Islamabad, churches burned.

German-Lebanese Islamic scholar Hussein Hadam confirmed that Pope Benedict angered many in the Islam world with his Regensburg speech. In an attempt at damage control, Benedict expressed his “deep regret” over the misunderstanding. Despite the pope traveling to Turkey in 2008 to revive Christian-Muslim dialogue, the speech inflicted lasting damage, Hamda said.

This was all the more evident two years ago when the Al-Azhar University in Cairo ceased all dialogue with the Vatican. Al-Azhar is the most prestigious and important university of Sunni Islam, while it is regarded as a central authority in all matters of faith.

To continue reading this article form the original source please click here.

Source: Deutsche Welle

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>