Islam-Christianity Dictionary

"The dictionary will act as a focus for the discipline of Christian-Muslim relations internationally," Forward said.

Islam-Christianity Dictionary

A new dictionary is being crafted by the Cambridge University Press on commonalities and differences between Islam and Christianity, reported the Vindy newspaper on Saturday, April 12.

"We want people who are going to be ordained, people in Muslim religious schools, people in communications, government and business, to be aware of the importance of the relationship between these two religions," said Martin Forward, executive director of Aurora University's Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action.

The "Christian-Muslim Relations Dictionary" will consist of around 360,000 and up to 900 alphabetically-arranged entries on people, places, theologies, denominations, scripture and other core texts.

It will also include entries on art, cinema and feminism as viewed from the perspective of the Christian-Muslim relationship.

Contents will include an introductory essay, bibliography, and appendix material such as a chronology.

DICTIONARY SET TO BE RELEASED IN 2012

Religious leaders from all around the world are contributing to the dictionary, set to be released in 2012.

"The dictionary will act as a focus for the discipline of Christian-Muslim relations internationally," Forward said.

"As such, we hope it will develop understanding of positions both within and between Christianity and Islam."

JESUS IS NOT THE SON OF GOD

Forward said the dictionary will tackle, for example, how Christians and Muslims view Jesus.

"For Christians, Jesus is the suffering Messiah who dies on the cross and is resurrected," he said.

"For Muslims, Jesus is not primarily a suffering figure. Muslims don't believe Jesus died on the cross, and if he did die, he wasn't resurrected and isn't the son of God. Muslims don't believe God has a son."

MUSLIMS BELIEVE IN JESUS AS ONE OF THE GREAT PROPHETS

Muslims believe in Jesus as one of the great Prophets of God and that he is the son of Mary but not the Son of God. He was conceived and born miraculously.

In the Noble Qur'an, Jesus is called "Isa". He is also known as Al-Masih (the Christ) and Ibn Maryam (Son of Mary).

As for his crucifixion, Muslims believe that Jesus was not crucified but was lifted up to heaven.

Muslims believe that Jesus will come back to earth before the end of time to restore peace and order, fight the Anti-Christ (Al-Masih Al-Dajjal) and bring victory for truth and righteousness.

The true followers of Jesus will prevail over those who deny him, misrepresent him and reject him.

Scott Alexander, associate professor of Islam and director of the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, said the dictionary will provide a common vocabulary for inter-faith dialogue.

"This inter-religious dialogue movement is found all over the globe," he said. "But it doesn't get much press."

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