In the years 1957 to 1962, the Near East Christian Council published a sequence of Study Papers under the title OPERATION REACH, of which there were five series, covering some fifty different, and basic, topics in Islam. The whole was intended as a venture in Christian understanding of Islamic belief and practice and as an aid to intelligent, expressive Christian ministry among Muslim neighbors.
As a follow up to this Dr. Kenneth Cragg, then bishop of the Anglican church in Jerusalem, published a series of study guides for Christians intended to help them link their own Christian journeys with that of their Muslim neighbors in the hope of fostering positive dialogical relationships. Although written in the 50s and 60s these study guides remain relevant for sensitive Christian witness today.
Two series from this collection are available here. The first is called “Emmaus Furlongs”, the second with a title I have given “Christian Reflections on Muslims Practices.”
Dr. Cragg called these studies “Emmaus Furlongs” based on the journey the resurrected Christ took with two men on the Emmaus road without their being aware that he was with them until they broke bread together. (Luke 24). In Dr. Cragg’s own words:
“We call our venture Emmaus Furlongs and set it under a Qur’anic phrase about the opened heart that acknowledges the claims of its Lord.”
Click on each link for a pdf file of the study – available on line only here.
CHRISTIAN REFLECTION ON MUSLIM PRACTICE