Miami, FL (PRWEB) March 31, 2009
A new book, Believers and Brothers: A History of Uneasy Relationship, tells the story of hostility between the Western Christendom and the Eastern Islamic and Jewish world while living together for centuries.
The book comprises of two parts--Part I deals with the faith and practices of the believers--the three Abrahamic traditions and their irreconcilable theological issues and Part II deals with their relation throughout the passage of history. It covers a huge sweep of both time and place, begins in the seventh century and extends into the twenty-first. Its boundaries spread through Algeria to the south, and Vienna to the north, the Atlantic to the west, and the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean to the east. It traces the history of the origins of the three faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and goes through their encounters and interactions culminating in their conquests and reconquests. We can read them and see how they made an impact on the human imagination and civilization. The deep cause seemed hidden beneath the religious or cultural explanations, underlying political and economic rivalries, hatred and animosities, personal ambitions and vanities, chances and accidents.
The book thinks that inter-faith understanding for peaceful coexistence is a minimal need of our time. It is not the same thing as love or friendship. To the contrary, it is an expression of distance, an acknowledgment of boundaries that will remain. It is informed by an attitude of "live and let live". Coexistence is an ideal without illusions. In a pluralistic society, ethnic and cultural differences are not abolished. They are legitimized, and society strives to guarantee that the law will be blind to them.
The book finds that individuals are increasingly confronted by people and groups whose worldviews are utterly different from their own, and these people are neighbors, co-workers, and schoolmates of children, in-laws, clients, employers and more. In today's world of global connectedness, society must develop the capacity to dialogue and create relatedness with people vastly different from us. We do not need to be the same, but we should find just enough similarity and tolerance between us that we can hold hands as fellow travelers in this life, all the while mindful of our differences in myriad ways.
The book is available in paperback from http://www.authorhouse.com/bookstore or from other anchor bookstores like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, etc.
Contact Israr Hasan, Email: ihasanfaq @ yahoo.com, in case you have any question.