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A Boy from God's Country

Andreas D'Souza

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/9780823243198.003.0015
A Boy from God's Country

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Born in multi-religious Kerala, India, D'Souza became a Franciscan and was called to the work of reconciliation in the context of Hindu-Muslim disturbances. He studied at PISAI, under Montgomery Watt in Edinburgh, and at McGill in Canada, where he wrote on the work of Indian Muslim scholars: Ahmad Khan, Azad and Mawdudi. The locus of the chapter is the Henry Martyn Institute in Hyderabad, its transformation from evangelization to reconciliation underpinned by a “theology of relationships” aimed at mutual transformation. The final focus is on the inner mystical path of the love of God combining insights from Rabi'a of Basra, Francis of Assisi and Ibn Arabi to lead the believer into consciously living constantly in the presence of God.

Keywords: India; D’Souza; Franciscan; Hindu-Muslim; PISAI; Montgomery Watt; McGill; Henry Martyn; Reconciliation

Chapter.  4845 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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