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Face to faith

Inter-faith dialogues sound good, but they ultimately fail to make any progress.

Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo this week to Muslims across the world was a great piece of political positioning. The American president is good at illustrating that he understands and respects conflicting views, while assuaging the concerns of different sides in a conflict.

Of course it had foreign policy objectives, but it was ultimately a good example of what we call “inter-faith dialogue”. The speech was littered with Arabic words, quotes from the Qu’ran and began with the Muslim greeting, as-salam Alaykum. From a Muslim perspective, what was not to like? Perhaps, the action that follows from here.

And this is where most inter-faith dialogue fails.

Read the original article at: guardian

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