We have Justice in Common

In October 2007, an “Open Letter” was sent from Muslim religious leaders to Christian leaders inviting them to come to “A Common Word” between them about the primacy of loving God and loving one’s neighbour. The document was originally signed by 138 Muslim leaders from various countries but South and South-East Asia and Africa in general were under-represented, especially when it is considered that these are the areas of the world in which Muslims and Christians live in large number and engage in daily contact. In the light of this, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Germany in October 2009 convened a colloquium of Christian and Muslim scholars and activists from these two regions to discuss the Open Letter and its impact on their local communities. The resulting report, edited by Christian Troll, Helmut Reifeld and Chris Hewer, called We have Justice in Common, was published in 2010. The name was chosen to reflect the overwhelming sense of the colloquium that the central ethical principle of justice needed to be added to any discussion of Christian-Muslim relations. The full text of the report is available to download here.
We have Justice in Common

Apostasy in Islam

The question of freedom to change religion, regarded as a “universal right”, brings
particular problems for members of the religion that someone leaves; for them it is
often regarded as apostasy. This article grew out of a briefing paper written by
Chris Hewer to help Christians understand apostasy from a Muslim perspective. It
was taken up by Professor Khalid Alavi who, in the late 80s, was a visiting
professor at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in
Birmingham but later became the Director of the Da’wah Academy at the
International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan. The article was published
in Dawah Highlights, Islamabad: Da’wah Academy, 2004.

Click here to view the article Apostasy in Islam