chapter  23
Conclusion to Part 2
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Our focus being on the use of the Qur’an, the Qur’an’s own voice, and on ecumenical trends, we have found in this survey and analysis some striking new possibilities for investigation on issues of Christian-Qur’anic congruence and ChristianMuslim community. The events of formal dialogue outlined in the introduction, though encouraging from a historical perspective, have not formed the majority of our content in this section. Formal dialogue has not been representative of many contributing voices in the dialogue, though many of those voices attended such formal dialogue events. In the context of the century as a whole, formal dialogue events have produceded little of interest. Rather, it is individual voices such as Ayoub and Massignon, and those unilateral declarations of Vatican II and the Common Word, that have been most historically interesting.1 Though formal dialogue events continue to present public commitment to relationship between organizations of Christians and Muslims, it is the independent works of those Christians and Muslims who have attended and will in the future address those events that produce the most traction in the conversation.