Faithful Neighbors

Christian-Muslim Vision and Practice

Edited by Robert S. Heaney, Zeyneb Sayilgan, and Claire Haymes

Aug/2016, 192 Pages, PAPERBACK, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9780819232557



  • Inspiring stories of interfaith conversation and partnership around the corner and around the world
  • Episcopalians and Muslims telling their stories, so you can tell yours

Based on the strong, on-going work of the Center for Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary, Faithful Neighbors outlines an introduction to the rationale for interfaith work through both theological and practical viewpoints, using stories from real experiences of interfaith cooperation to offer encouragement, inspiration, and practical steps to do the same.

The book has eight chapters in three main sections. Section one provides a Christian and Muslim rationale for engaging with the Other. Section two outlines stories of those involved in interfaith work in a series of contexts: academic research, intercultural, pastoral care, youth work, and peace work. The concluding section details recommendations and resources for best practice. Faithful Neighbors exhorts both Muslims and Christians to be faithful neighbors drawing on their traditions and real life practice for the sake of life-giving community.

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Robert S. Heaney PhD, DPhil is Professor of Theology and Mission, Virginia Theological Seminary, USA. He has experience in research, teaching, ministry, and consultation on three continents. Widely published, his most recent works include Post-Colonial Theology: Finding God and Each Other Amidst the Hate; The Promise of Anglicanism with William L. Sachs; and God’s Church for God’s World (Senior Editor). He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Zeyneb Sayilgan is Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic Theology and Religious Pluralism at Virginia Theological Seminary and earned a Ph.D. in research at Georgetown University on the intersection of Islamic theology and immigration. With BA/MA degrees in Islamic Studies and Law from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, and an MA in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim relations from Hartford Seminary, Zeyneb writes frequently on Islam and Muslim immigrants in Europe.

Claire Haymes is Program Coordinator in the Center for Anglican Communion Studies, Virginia Theological Seminary. As a professional interpreter and translator for more than two decades, Claire brings both cross-cultural insight and editorial rigor to the project. She holds an MA (Oxon) in Modern Languages and a Post-graduate Diploma in Interpreting and Translation (Bath, UK)

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