Faithful Neighbors

Christian-Muslim Vision and Practice

Edited by Robert S. Heaney, Zeyneb Sayilgan, and Claire Haymes

Aug/2016, 192 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819232557



  • Virginia Theological Seminary-based program
  • Inspiring stories of interfaith conversation and partnership around the corner and around the world
  • Episcopalians and Muslims telling their stories, so you can tell yours

Based on the strong, on-going work of the Center for Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary, Faithful Neighbors outlines an introduction to the rationale for interfaith work through both theological and practical viewpoints, using stories from real experiences of interfaith cooperation to offer encouragement, inspiration, and practical steps to do the same.

The book has eight chapters in three main sections. Section one provides a Christian and Muslim rationale for engaging with the Other. Section two outlines stories of those involved in interfaith work in a series of contexts: academic research, intercultural, pastoral care, youth work, and peace work. The concluding section details recommendations and resources for best practice. Faithful Neighbors exhorts both Muslims and Christians to be faithful neighbors drawing on their traditions and real life practice for the sake of life-giving community.

Audience: Particularly aimed at those with little or no interfaith experience as believers, faith leaders, prospective leaders, and members of local faith communities and people in the pews. The assumption is that, as members of faith communities, the audience will have some awareness of major religious and theological categories and concepts.

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Munira Salim Abdalla was born on the island of Mombasa, Kenya, in East Africa. Her parents were the original Bantus and of Omani Arab descent. As a Muslim, she felt blessed to have parents give her the opportunity to attend a Catholic elementary school, a public secondary and high school, and the Seventh-day Adventist University of Eastern Africa in Kenya, which is affiliated with Andrews University in Michigan. In 1988, after moving to the United States, she worked as a professional fund-raiser and also as a regional advertising sales executive. She now serves on the boards of the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, Rappahannock Community Health Center, and the Interfaith Council. Currently she is the executive director of Imani Multicultural Center and interfaith chaplain and chief administrator of Islamic Ummah of Fredericksburg, a new Islamic center in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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