Divine Hospitality French version
Daou, Fadi and Tabbara, Nayla: Divine Hospitality, Christian and Muslim theologies of the other (in French L’Hospitalité divine: L’autre dans le dialogue des théologies chrétienne et musulmane)This book, in French language, presents to readers, Christians, Muslims and others, a clear presentation of the question of religious diversity from a faith-based perspective. In other words, it tries to clarify what Christian faith on the one hand and Muslim faith on the other, say about religious otherness and about the relation between God and a believer from a different religion.
Abstract & Findings
This book is not a discourse for the other, with diluted truths to achieve empathy and mutual acceptance, in as much as it is a theological construct targeted first of all at the believer, putting him/her vis-a-vis his/her own belief. Many a times we find that the ignorance that influences negatively relations between religions is ignorance of one’s own belief system. The challenge presented by this book to the believer is to accept to move forward towards the other, not based on a static religious identity used as a shield but based on a conviction that the spiritual message carried by the other may not be estranged from God’s plan.
Professor of science of religions and Islamic studies.
Director of the Institute of Citizenship and Diversity Management.
Professor of Interreligious dialogue and Geopolitics of religion; Chairperson and CEO of Adyan foundation
Mgr. Jean-Marc Aveline - Auxiliary bishop of Marseille
In this novel and original book, Fadi Daou, maronite priest, and Nayla Tabbara, sunni muslim, both Lebanese engaged since a long time in interreligious relations through Adyan foundation, try out a common exercise of theological reflection in the service of dialogue and peace. Both authors, each according to his/her religious tradition but in a combined manner, try to theologically reflect on faith difference based on the spiritual experience of encounter, taking seriously the experience of the other, the authenticity of his/her religious life, the sincerity of his/her spiritual aspiration and the legitimacy of his/her allegation of truth.
Prof. Ridwan al Sayyed -
There are two ways in dealing with diversity and communication between religions, the easy way and the hard way. The easy way is to say that religions call for peace and mercy, but this way works when preaching to the believers in interfaith relations. The hard way is to rework on text re-interpretation. The authors have chosen the hard way. Fadi Daou went far beyond liberal thinkers, and Nayla Tabbara took the hard way in targeting muslim conscience. This book is an important academic work and a message of responsibility