Christian-Muslim Relations: A Burdensome Past, A Challenging Future

Willem Bijlefeld

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1996

Issue: Islam (Vol. 16, No 2, Spring, 1996)

Willem Bijlefeld's essay sets the stage for a consideration of the Christian engagement with Muslims in the present and in the future. What is written on the slate of past relationships has a controlling influence on the great challenge that faces the church in the coming century-its mission in the Muslim world. Essential to our understanding of this presentation is the awareness that when we consider Islam we are dealing with Muslim people. The essay is based on his inaugural address for the Islamic Studies Program at Luther Seminary, May 2, 1995.

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