Prof Mustafa Abusway | August 24th, 2013 - 9:57 am

Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway delivered a talk “Insight into A Common Word” at the Fourth International Lonergan Workshop, which took place at the Salesian Monastery Ratisbonne, Jerusalem.

The “A Common Word” document was the result of an initiative taken by HRH Ghazi bin Muhammad in response to Pope Benedict XVI’s lecture at the University of Regensburg on 12 September 2006. The Pope quoted a Byzantine Emperor’s strong criticism of Prophet Muhammad’s teachings, effectively reinforcing two stereotyped images of Islam, being violent and irrational!

Many people throughout the world, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, thought the Regensburg Lecture was inappropriate. One month later, 38 Islamic scholars replied to Pope Benedict in “An Open Letter to the Pope,” dated 13 October 2006. One year later, 138 Islamic personalities co signed an open letter entitled “A Common Word between Us and You.” The letter aimed at promoting interfaith dialogue. Thousand of Muslims and non-Muslims became signatories to the ACW document.

The ACW became the focus of many studies and continues to be discussed at academic and interfaith circles.

Following is a link to the official page of ACW:

And here is a link to the conference program:

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