Chapter u67 Bibliography

Preliminary Questions

General Works

Church Documents

Islam on the Web

St. Francis and Islam

Preliminary Questions

What have your read that influences your current understanding if Islam? Have you read the Qur'an?

What do you know of the interreligious work of Catholics and Muslims in the USA? For example, the work of the USCCB's Committee for Ecumenical and Irreligious Affairs?

"The Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs has a mandate from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to give guidance in ecumenical and interreligious affairs and determine concrete ways of acting in accordance with the Decree on Ecumenism and on Non-Christian Religions of the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican and with other ordinances and legitimate customs, taking account of the time, place and persons they are concerned with but also of the good of the universal Church." [Mission Statement] The Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (SEIA) publishes an quarterly newsletter:

SEIA Interreligious News
Rev. Leo A. Walsh, S.T.D., Editor
3211 4th Street NE, Washington, DC 20017

Fr. Walsh (SEIA Newsletter Vol. I, No. 1, January, 2011) writes: "A big Thank You to all of you who are have listened to the promptings of your heart and become involved in interreligious dialogue, whether at the local, regional or national level. As you know, there is a lot of misinformation out there. We certainly have our work cut out for us, but by sharing our ideas, events and best practices we can indeed make a real difference in building mutual respect, appreciation and understanding one relationship at a time."


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General Works

Note: In the Library of Congress catalogue system, BP is the general designation for Islam. Go to the Archabbey library and go to the BP's and you will find over 300 books on Islam, Muslims, the Koran, etc.

'Abdullah Yusuf 'Ali. The Meaning of The Holy Qur'an. New Edition with Revised Translation and Commentary. Amana Corporation, 4411 41st Street Brentwood, Maryland 20722 Phone 310-779-7777 ISBN 0-915957-08-6. $17.00    Archabbey library number:   BP 109 2004   Note:  Go to the library and go to the BP's and you have several hundred books on Islam. 

Jomier, Jacques. How to Understand Islam. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, (370 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017. 1991. ISBN 0-8245-0981-1. $14.95

Caesar E. Farah. Islam: Beliefs and Observances. New York: Barrons. (Seventh Edition), 2003. ISBN 0-7641-2226-6.  Paperback $14.95

Kurzman, Charles (Editor). Liberal Islam: A Sourcebook. New York: Oxford University Press. 1998. ISBN #0-19-511622-4.

Seyyed Hossein Nasa (editor). Islamic Spirituality: Foundations. Volume 19 of World Spirituality: An Encyclopedic History of the Religious Quest. New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 370 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017. 1987. ISBN 0-8245-0767-3. $49.00.

Jan Hoebrichts.  Francis and Islam.  (Part one:  how Francis wanted us to live among the Muslims.  Part two:  the struggles of the Asian bishops with the Vatican over this same point.)

William Johnston, S.J.  Arise My Beloved.   (The relation of Islam and Christian mysticism.)

USCCB and The Islamic Society of North America: Midwest Dialogues of Catholics and Muslims Revelations:  Catholic and Muslim Perspectives.  Washington, D.C.: USCCB Publishing ISBN 1-57455-630-4.  $6.95

Trible and Russell Editors.  Hagar, Sarah, And Their Children.  Louisville, Westminster, John Knox Press 2006.  ISBN 0-644-22982-4 contains a fine article by Riffat Hassan of University of Louisville.

Dardess, George,   In the spirit of St. Francis and the Sultan: Catholics and Muslims working together for the common good BP 172 .D37235 2011

Lesley Hazleton, The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad. Penguin Group, 2014.

To order free Islamic materials (only pay for shipping), please visit

Church Documents

Second Vatican Council. Declaration on the Relationship of the Church to Non-Christian Religions ("Nostra Aetate"), October 28, 1965.

3. The Church has also a high regard for the Muslims. They worship God, who is one, living and subsistent, merciful and almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has also spoken to humankind. They strive to submit themselves without reserve to the hidden decrees of God, just as Abraham submitted himself to God's plan, to whose faith Muslims eagerly link their own. Although not acknowledging him as God, they worship Jesus as a prophet, his virgin Mother they also honor, and even at times devoutly invoke. Further, they await the day of judgment and the reward of God following the resurrection of the dead. For this reason they highly esteem an upright life and worship God, especially by way of prayer, alms-deeds, and fasting.

Over the centuries may quarrels and dissensions have arisen between Christians and Muslims. The sacred Council now pleads with all to forget the past, and urges that a sincere effort be made to achieve mutual understanding; for the benefit of all, let them together preserve and promote peace, liberty, social justice and moral values.

5c. Therefore, the Church reproves, as foreign to the mind of Christ, any discrimination against people or any harassment of them on the basis of their race, color, condition in life or religion. Accordingly, following the footsteps of the holy apostles Peter and Paul, this sacred Council earnestly begs the Christian faithful to "conduct themselves well among the Gentiles" (1 Peter 2:12) and if possible, as far as it depends on them, to be at peace with all (cf. Romans 12:18) and in that way to be true sons and daughters of the Father who is in heaven (cf. Mt. 5:45).

Called to Be Instruments of Love and Harmony.  The final declaration of the first seminar of the Catholic-Muslim Forum, Rome, November 6, 2008.

Qureshi, Nabeel.  Seeking Allah, finding Jesus : a devout Muslim encounters Christianity    Saint Meinrad Library:  BV 2626.4 .Q74 A3 2014


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Islam on the Web

For a 90 second video on the spread of Islam go to C:\MY Video\Religion-WMA.wmv

The Pluralism Project (Harvard University)   Mission statement:  Our mission is to help Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources.

Abdelwahab Meddeb & Benjamin Stora (editors), A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations: From the Origins to the Present Day, Princeton University Press, 2014.

A 20 minute film "Jews and Muslims:  Intimate Strangers"

The Web page of the USCCB -- U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops --  contains a number of articles on Islam-Catholic relations.  Click here.

Cardinal William Keeler:  How Mary Holds Christians and Muslims in Conversation

For an Introduction:  The Islamic Tradition, by John L. Esposito click here.

--Catholic-Muslim Relations, by John Borelli, Ph.D.

--What Dialogue Means for Catholics and Muslims, by Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett.

ZAWAJ.COM -- Muslim Matrimonials and More!  For Muslim marriage articles, clothing, recipes and much more, see Zawaj

--How an Islamic Leader Views Dialogue, by Muzammil Siddiqi.

--How Mary Holds Christians and Muslims in Conversation, by Cardinal William Keeler.

 For an interesting primer on Islamic Law of Marriage click here.

The (Roman Catholic) Gospel of the Day -- "al-Ingil al-Yawmi" -- is now available in Arabic, free by e-mail.  Jesuit Father Ronney el Gemayel, coordinator of the Arabic service, told ZENIT that, for technical reasons, the Arabic version is following the liturgical Gospel proposed in the calendar of the Latin-rite Church.  The service plans to offer other versions in Arabic, following the calendars of the Maronite, Chaldean, Melkite, Syrian and Coptic rites. Each of these Churches has its own cycle of biblical reading and its own liturgical version of the Bible in Arabic.  The Arabic service, like the other seven language versions, aims to offer other liturgical readings, reflections of Church Fathers, and a biography of the saint of the day.  The Gospel of the Day is available thanks to the collaboration of volunteers in the Holy Land, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and the Netherlands. The editors are seeking Arabic-speaking Christians who would like to help with the digitalization of the texts. To visit or subscribe to the Gospel of the Day in Arabic, click here, or to send a message click here.

1.  Download a Hajj Screensaver:
Features pilgrims making tawaf around the Ka'bah.

2.  Play a Game:
This is a fun puzzle for kids.

3.  Watch a Video:
Michael Wolfe takes you on Hajj with him in "Hajj: One American's Pilgrimage to Mecca," Produced by ABC News Nightline.  30 minutes.

4.  Muslim Internet Directory:


St. Francis and Islam

Islam and Franciscanism: A Dialogue (2000) Daniel Dwyer, O.F.M. and Hugh Hines, O.F.M., Eds. ISBN:1-57659-169-7 $10.00

J. Hoeberichts, Francis and Islam. Franciscan Press.


Michael Philip Penn, When Christians First Met Muslims: A Sourcebook of the Earliest Syriac Writings on Islam


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