1st Edition

Interreligious Dialogue Models From the Life of the Prophet Muhammad

By Alwani Ghazali, Muhammad Kamal Copyright 2024

    How did the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) converse and engage with other religious believers? Did he start off with prejudice and mistrust? Or was he convivial and open-minded? This book analyses six models of the dealings in the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), specifically, but not restricted, to the siblings of Abrahamic religious believers.

    The six models of dialogue analysed in the book are dialogue with Ashamah, Najashi of Abyssinia, delegation of Najran Christians, different Jews of Yathrib, and emperors of Byzantine and Sassanid. The analysis applies Ibn Khaldun’s (d. 1406) historical approach which the author termed as Khaldunian Hermeneutics due to the similarity between his ideas to that of Johann Gustav Droysen (d. 1884), a German philosopher, in historical hermeneutics. As such, the analysis goes beyond the dialogue content, taking into consideration the immediate and larger contextual settings, and changes of the contexts due to the passage of time. It critically considers the suitability of each model due to the difference in times and contexts.

    The book serves as a reference for Muslim dialogue advocates and practitioners, to provide substantial evidence of the dialogue application by the role model of Muslims – the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) whom they hold very dear to their hearts.

    Table of Contents





    Chapter 1

    Dialogue and Islam: An Introduction

    Chapter 2

    On Dialogue in The Qur’an and The Sunnah

    Chapter 3

    Christian-Muslim Dialogue in The Sirah – Two Scenes

    Chapter 4

    Jews Muslims in The Sirah – Was There A Dialogue?

    Chapter 5

    Widening the Horizon –From Inter-Faith Dialogue in The City to Dialogue Between Civilisations

    Chapter 6

    From Text to Context –Bridging The Historical Interval






    Alwani Ghazali is Senior Lecturer of the Department of Aqidah and Islamic Thought, Academy of Islamic Studies, Universiti Malaya. She is a member of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) Fellowship. Her research interests are in the areas of religions, dialogue and peaceful coexistence, and she has published on topics such as interreligious dialogue and Prophetic Dialogue.

    Muhammad Kamal is a Kurd from Iraq. He obtained his BA (Honours), MA and PhD degrees in Philosophy at the University of Karachi, Pakistan where he taught first as a lecturer and then as an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy. He went to Germany on DAAD scholarship for postdoctoral research and is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne. He has published extensively in the area of Muslim philosophy.