In the Spirit of St. Francis and the Sultan
By: George Dardess Marvin L. Krier Mich
Taking up the story of the peaceful encounter between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malik al-Kamil in Damietta, Egypt in 1219, the authors aim to increase basic understanding of one another's beliefs between Christians and Muslims. Further, they show how Christians and Muslims can draw on values common to both traditions to work together to build more just and peaceful communities.
In clear, accessible language the book describes the core beliefs of both Christians and Muslims. Then, after demonstrating how both the Bible and the Qu'ran call for actions that promote the common good and love of neighbor, Dardess and Mich suggest practical ways for Muslims and Christians to come together to address the pressing needs of our world today.
A permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church, George Dardess is a member of the Muslim Catholic Alliance of Rochester and is author of three books on Muslim-Christian dialogue: Meeting Islam: A Guide for Christians (Paraclete, 2005), and Do We Worship the Same God: Comparing the Bible and the Quran (St. Anthony Messenger, 2006). He lives in Rochester, New York.
President of the Greater Rochester Community of Churches, Marvin L. Krier Mich is director of Social Policy at the Catholic Family Center, a regional office of Catholic Charities. His books include Catholic Social Teaching and Movements (Twenty-Third, 1998) and The Challenge and Spirituality of Catholic Social Teaching (Sower Books, 2005).