This research note provides an overview of the contemporary transformation of the Muslim world a decade after 9/11 attack. Facing the multiple and sometime conflicting claims from the Muslim groups, it is important that Christians come to and understanding of the formative period of Islam. The contemporary sectarianism within the Muslim world comes from the crisis of religious authority intensified by the abolition of Caliphate in 1924. While terrorism and sectarian conflicts continue, waves of Islamophobia spread in the West. With drones targeting Muslims and the financial crisis in the West, the Arab world is in the process of a new geopolitical gyration, turning away from the West while ‘looking East’. The new Islamic hub in Ningxia welcoming Arab Muslim traders is a prime example of this process. Chinese and Asian Christian churches should prepare for a common platform for Christian-Muslim dialogue. The churches should also equip Christians in marketplace theology so that they can carry out business-as-mission among Muslim traders, and rethink Christian ethic in engaging with Muslims in the future. Copyright © 2013 中國神學研究院.
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2013|
- Alt. title: Transformation of the Muslim world: Religious authority and geopolitical gyrations