A Conference jointly sponsored by the international institute for Islamic studies and Monastic Inter religious Dialogue brought together Iranian Shia’a Muslims and Christians monastics in Qum, Iran. Their first gathering was held the previous year in Rome, Italy, and focused on spiritual topics like mediation and prayer. The second meeting in Qum was an occasion to deepen the bonds of friendship that had already been established. The conference theme centered on friendship and the chapters within this book explore the scriptural, theological, spiritual, philosophical, and practical bases for friendship between monks and Muslims. This follow-up book invites readers to listen in and learn from their conversation and witness.
Mohammad Ali Shomali is the author of several books, including Ethical Relativism: An Analysis of the Foundations of Morality, Discovering Shi’a Islam, and Shi’a Islam: Origins, Faith & Practices. He is also coeditor of Catholics & Shi’a Engagement: Reason & Faith in Theory and Practice, and A Catholic-Shi’a Dialogue: Ethics in Today’s Society.
William Skudlarek, OSB, is a monk of Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, and Secretary General of Monastic Interreligious Dialogue. His books include The Attentive Voice: Reflections on the Meaning and Practice of Interreligious Dialogue (ed.) and Demythologising Celibacy: Practical Wisdom from Christian and Buddhist Monasticism.