IGE on Engaging Islam

IGE on Engaging Islam

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IGE has long been engaged in ground-breaking dialogue and practical projects with Muslims. Our "Perspectives on Engaging Islam" resource collection provides an overview.

Below you will find a collection of some of the Institute for Global Engagement's best online resources on engaging Islam. From Pakistan to Central Asia to the Middle East, as well as here at home in the U.S., IGE has long been engaged in ground-breaking dialogue and practical projects with Muslim leaders and institutions. Our "Perspectives on Engaging Islam" collection includes trip reports, personal reflections, event videos, and timely analysis. It provides an overview of where we've been and what we've learned in recent years.

I hope you find the collection helpful as we continue to engage this timely issue. 



Perspectives on Engaging Islam


Chris Seiple, "Appealing the thunderstorm," 7 March 2010

Writing in The Post and Courier, Dr. Chris Seiple examines the "surge" into Afghanistan and three lessons that stand out concerning the nature of war in a very religious region.

Chris Seiple, "Change in Pakistan Requires Respect, Reconciliation, and Religious Freedom," 9 February 2010

Dr. Chris Seiple offers reflections and recommendations about his recent trip to Pakistan at The Christian Science Monitor.

John Musselman, "A Ministry of Presence," 9 February 2010

From the remote, dusty streets of Pakistan, IGE Fellow John Musselman challenges people of faith to consider the impact of incarnational ministry in the Muslim-majority world.

Video: Chris Seiple, "Justice as a Bridge between Christian and Muslim Misunderstanding," 12 January 2010

This lecture was given to the faculty and students of the social sciences at the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Video: Chris Seiple, "Trends in American Evangelicalism: Implications for Engaging Islam," 11 January 2010

At the invitation of the Iqbal Institute for Research and Dialogue at the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan, this lecture was given to an invite-only selection of scholars from the National School of Shari'a (Islamic jurisprudence) and the National School of Da'wa (Islamic missiology) at the Islamic University.

Chris Seiple, "Love of God & Love of Neighbor: A Call to Action," 7 October 2009

I can't love God unless I love my neighbor, and that love requires that I be willing to actively promote and defend his/her opportunity to believe something different than I do.

Chris Seiple, "Success in Afghanistan lies where religion and politics meet," 4 August 2009

Writingin The Christian Science Monitor, Dr. Chris Seiple explains why U.S. counterinsurgency strategy must take account of Pashto-Islamist justice.

Chris Seiple, "Ten Terms NOT Useful to Engaging Muslims Worldwide," 27 March 2009

Dr. Chris Seiple reflects on our relationships with Muslims around the world and specific words and concepts that are not useful in building relationships.

Chris Seiple, "The Two-Sustainable-States Solution," 29 January 2009

Dr. Chris Seiple examines the situation in Gaza and calls for a new approach using relational diplomacy.

Video from Global Leadership Forum 2009, "Evangelicals & Muslims: Conversations on Respect, Reconciliation, and Religious Freedom."

GLF 2009 assisted participants to better understand the issues that divide—and connect—these two great traditions and helped pastors and imams bring back new insights to their congregations.

Chris Seiple, "Seizing the Middle East Moment," 31 July 2008

Dr. Chris Seiple discusses religion and politics in the Middle East, making recommendations for the next president.

Joshua White, "Pakistan's New Frontier," 4 March 2008

IGE research fellow Joshua T. White writes in the Wall Street Journal Asia on Pakistan's religious politics.

Chris Seiple, "The Forgotten Fellowship," 28 February 2008

Dr. Chris Seiple reflects on his trip to Israel and Palestine and the responsibility Christians have to work for peace.

Joshua White, "Why We Should Listen to Muslim Voices," 1 October 2007

This address on why Christians should listen to Muslim voices introduced Muslim leaders Hadia Mubarak and Ahmed Younis at IGE's Global Leadership Forum.

Stacey Pistritto, "Islam vs. Islamists: Who Defines the Difference?" 7 June 2007

"The race is on to define the 'real face' of Islam," writes IGE's Stacey Pistritto in her review of the controversial film Islam vs. Islamists, which claims to speak for moderate Muslims.

Chris Seiple, "Trip Report: Engaging Conservative Islam," 7 June 2007

Reporting on his recent trip to Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan, Dr. Chris Seiple notes: "There is only one civilization, a global civilization defined by our common humanity, created by a global God."

Joshua White, "A Christian View of Peacemaking," 26 May 2007

IGE co-sponsored the first-ever international conference on religion and peace in Peshawar, Pakistan. IGE's Joshua White spoke on Christianity and peacemaking, noting that "the call to plant peace is shared by all of us." Read the English translation of his speech (originally delivered in Urdu).

Joshua White, "Living with Islamists," 30 March 2007

In this piece for ChristianityToday, IGE research fellow Joshua White reflects on Christian witness in Pakistan: "a witness that looks for ways to engage those who have divergent visions of faith and society and advocates for fundamental religious freedoms."

Chris Seiple, "Memo to the State: Religion and Security," 1 March 2007

In an article in the Spring 2007 Review of Faith & International Affairs, Dr. Chris Seiple warns that "if a government does not understand how easy it is to turn religion into an enemy of the state, then it might do just that."

Chris Seiple, "Ramadan and Reason," 6 October 2006

Following participation in an Iftar meal hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Chris Seiple reflects on Christian and Muslim approaches to fasting and their implications for interfaith relations and foreign policy.

Chris Seiple, "Time to Talk Religion & Politics: Speech to U.S.-Islamic World Forum," 1 March 2006

In this speech at the 2006 U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar, Dr. Chris Seiple explains that Americans must learn to talk about the two things they were taught should never be discussed - religion and politics - if they are to improve their relations with the Muslim world.

Chris Seiple, "Engaging Islam," 3 May 2005

Dr. Chris Seiple reflects on the 2005 U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar, noting that developing better relations with the Muslim world "will be messy, requiring truth-telling, patient listening and mercy. Only then will the sons and daughters of Abraham move forward together."

Chris Seiple, "Religion & Realpolitik: Recommendations for the President," 2 November 2004

On the day of the 2004 presidential election, Dr. Chris Seiple notes that Americans must learn to talk about religion and politics: "Religion is politics in most of the world. Ignoring this fact will only hamper our ability to deal comprehensively with extremely complex issues. But talk we must, and then act. Early in his term — as part of the first-100-days agenda — the next president should take the lead in this kind of conversation about religion and realpolitik, and implement the changes we urgently need."

Chris Seiple, "Interrogating Islam...and Ourselves," 3 February 2004

Reflecting on a recent headline about Saudi interrogators, Dr. Chris Seiple notes that "as we consider Islam, we should constantly interrogate ourselves: Is our religion a faith or an ideology? If it's a faith, then we should live it, correcting those who would stereotype Islam or Christianity; our shared hopes for a future of tolerance and security depend on it."

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