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Introduction
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Motivation for the study The quantity and diversity of voices in the interfaith conversation between Christians and Muslims highlights the necessity for a concentrated approach to knowledge stewardship. Gone are the days when single epic conversations between great leaders like the Caliph al-Mahd (d.168/785)1 and Patriarch Timothy I (d.208/823) could prove sufficient for their followers to understand the Christian-Muslim relationship.2 Instead, shocked to life by missionary passion, religious extremism, and the secular academy, the realm of Christian-Muslim dialogue has in recent times exploded into a cacophony of lay and scholarly opinions.