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A Man of Dialogue

Christiaan van Nispen tot Sevenaer

in Christian Lives Given to the Study of Islam

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780823243198
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823243235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823243198.003.0014
A Man of Dialogue

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Leaving his native Netherlands for the Arab world in 1960 marked a decisive point for the young Jesuit, van Nispen. He was to spend forty years in Cairo teaching philosophy and Islamic studies in Christian seminaries, and making extensive contacts with Muslims in academic, practical and spiritual engagement. The chapter focuses on study of the Manar Commentary inspired by Roger Arnaldez as an entry point to the world of Islamic thought, greatly supported by collaboration with the Dominicans of IDEO. Themes touched upon include: presenting Islam with objectivity and affection, working for justice and peace, seeking a spiritual encounter, promoting Christian-Muslim relations in Egypt and focusing on the life of faith that is shared “together before God.”

Keywords: Jesuit; van Nispen; Cairo; Philosophy; Manar Commentary; Arnaldez; IDEO; Christian-Muslim

Chapter.  2692 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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