Encountering the Stranger
A Jewish-Christian-Muslim Trialogue
Edited by Leonard Grob and John K. Roth
- Published: October 2012
- Subject Listing: Religious Studies, Peace Studies
- Bibliographic information: 304 pp., 6 x 9 in.
- Territorial rights: World
- Series: Stephen S. Weinstein Series in Post-Holocaust Studies / A Samuel and Althea Stroum Book
In an age when "collisions of faith" among the Abrahamic traditions continue to produce strife and violence that threaten the well-being of individuals and communities worldwide, the contributors to Encountering the Stranger - six Jewish, six Christian, and six Muslim scholars - take responsibility to examine their traditions' understandings of the stranger, the "other," and to identify ways to bridge divisions and create greater harmony.
Leonard Grob is professor emeritus of philosophy at Fairleigh Dickinson University. John K. Roth is Edward J. Sexton Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College. The other contributors are Rachel N. Baum, Margaret Brearley, Britta Frede-Wenger, Henry Greenspan, Peter J. Haas, Riffat Hassan, Zayn Kassam, Henry F. Knight, Hubert G. Locke, Rochelle L. Millen, Khaleel Mohammed, David Patterson, Didier Pollefeyt, Bulent Senay, Sana Tayyen, and Bassam Tibi.
"The subject is critical. In our pluralistic world, the need to encounter the stranger is not only a question of hospitality. It is a matter of our survival. Given the enormity of our global issues, it is clear that no one nation, culture, or religion can solve the problems. We simply have to co-operate and collaborate." - Imam Jamal Rahman, author of The Fragrance of Faith: The Enlightened Heart of Islam
"Encountering the Stranger is an exciting, rewarding book, a pathbreaking work full of theological treasures, insights, and stimulating ideas." - Martin Rumscheidt, Atlantic School of Theology
"This is an important scholarly event, a teaching tool, and a resource for clergy formation and informal adult religious studies. The prominence of the contributors will help the book reach a wide range of constituencies and the accessible presentation of the divergent perspectives gathered here will grip readers." - George R. Wilkes, University of Edinburgh
Prologue: Trialogue Is the Way
Leonard Grob and John K. Roth
i. In The Shadow of the Holocaust: Safeguarding the Stranger
1 "You Shall Not Murder": A Foundation for Trialogue?
John K. Roth
2 Whom May I Kill?
3"Where Is Your Brother?": Jewish Teachings on the "Stranger"
4?Canopies of Hospitality: Post-Shoah Christian Faith and Making Room for Others?
Henry F. Knight
5 The Place of Non-Muslims in the Islamic Concept of the "Other": The Need for Rethinking Islamic Tradition in the Pursuit
of Religious Pluralism
6 The Jewish Roots of Emmanuel Levinas's
Metaphysics of Welcome
ii. The "Other" in the Scripture and Tradition: Valuing the Stranger
7 Encountering the Stranger in Classic Rabbinic Judaism
Peter J. Haas
8 Encountering the Stranger: Aspects of Medieval Christianity
9Noah and Others: Pluralism in Ancient and Modern Judaism
Rochelle L. Millen
10Normative Islamic (Qur'anic) Teachings on Pluralism: Reflections on "The People of the Book"
11 Reflexivity and Tawallî between Jews, Christians, and Muslims
12 Encountering the Other: Enemy or Stranger?
Hubert G. Locke
iii. The Hospitality of Pluralism: Welcoming the Stranger
14Bearers of the Rings: Reflections on Christian Spirituality and the Theology of Religions
15 Litarafoo: The Dialogical Method
16 Loving the Stranger: Intimacy between Jews and Non-Jews
Rachel N. Baum
17 When Certainty Becomes Immaterial
18 Interreligious Dialogue beyond Absolutism, Relativism, and
Particularism: A Catholic Approach to Religious Diversity
Epilogue: What Should Be Remembered?
Leonard Grob and John K. Roth
Editors and Contributors