Resources for Improved Interfaith Understanding

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In response to numerous requests, the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations, assisted by Dr. Lucinda Mosher's NeighborFaith Consultancy, is pleased to offer an annotated list of items (including some with links and downloads) answering FAQs on interfaith concerns. This list will grow. Please revisit it often!

Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet. Unity Productions Foundation
A documentary produced in 2002 by Alex Kronemer and Michael Wolfe that depicts stepping-stones in the biography of the Prophet of Islam and the relevance of each in the lives of early 21st-century American Muslims. Although now fifteen years old, it is still a valuable tool for instruction and dialogue.

Omid Safi, Memories of Muhammad (HarperOne, 2009). 
Blending personal reflection with solid scholarship, this beautifully written book helps non-Muslim readers understand the Prophet of Islam as a complex historical figure and the connection Muslims have to him.  

Ingrid Mattson, The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life, second edition. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
A well-known expert with a gift for storytelling offers comprehensive insight into what the Qur’an is, how it came to be, how Muslims learn it, and what it means in their lives.  

Amir Hussain, Oil and Water: Two Faiths, One God (CopperHouse, 2006).
An introduction to Islam written for Christian readers by a devout Muslim scholar with deep appreciation of Christianity. 

The Hadith of Gabriel
A traditional primer on the basics of Islam.