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Muslim-Catholic dialogue on Bible, Qur’an interpretation

May 30, 2011

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and three Muslim organizations devoted their recent semiannual West Coast dialogue to “Principles of Interpretation of Scripture with a Special Focus on the Figure of Moses.”

“Christians believe that the whole Bible is inspired, that the Scriptures are true,” said Father José Rubio of the Diocese of San José. “But at the same time we affirm that biblical truth is not necessarily the same as historical truth.”

“We are conditioned by our unique situations to interpret texts differently,” he added.

Muzammil Siddiqi of the Islamic Society of Orange County and Sayed Moustafa al-Qazwini of the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County discussed Sunni and Shi’a principles of interpreting the Qur’an.


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - May. 30, 2011 10:47 PM ET USA

    Since Muslims believe that Jewish and Christians have corrupted the Scriptures, and they believe in private interpretation, what is the common ground? Belief in corrupted scriptures conveniently ends dealing with the prophecy of the Messiah.

  • Posted by: rpp - May. 30, 2011 8:03 PM ET USA

    What a supreme waste of time.

  • Posted by: Defender - May. 30, 2011 7:49 PM ET USA

    This is the same Siddiqi that stated,"We must not forget that Allah's rules have to be established in all lands, and all our efforts should lead to that direction" and, of course, the USCCB is dealing with him?