I am delighted to be invited to speak at this gathering, even though I am unfamiliar with many of the subjects to be discussed. The organizer of these meetings in Sarajevo suggested “Christianity and Islam: An Islamic Perspective” as the title for my talk. I have chosen another. Regardless of the title, I must admit that this is a difficult subject for me to address, as if I were standing at the foot of a mountain range of which the peaks are now lost in clouds silhouetted against a blue sky. Besides, what is Islam these days if not what Muslims make it? What is Christianity these days if not what Christians make it? If so, can we even consider a comprehensive overview of these religions, not to mention a prediction of the consequences of such a view? It is because of these hurdles that I found the topic to be interesting and one that I wanted to share with you.I was also encouraged to address you today because of a set of facts. The first deals with where this meeting is being held, Sarajevo. Sarajevo is a city with a multi-religious history about which much has been written. Unfortunately, there have been too many neatly phrased fallacies and untruths coming from the pen of historians of all the confessions represented here.
"How to Arrive at a Judeo-Christian-Islamic Culture and Civilization,"
International Dialogue: Vol. 2, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/id-journal/vol2/iss1/5