Keeping Faith: Muslim-Christian Couples and Interreligious Dialogue
Gé Speelman, Uitgeverij Meinema, Zoetermeer, 2001, ISBN 90-211-7027-2

People in general, and therefore also the people in my research group, seek to establish a conversation between their religious convictions on the one hand, and the cultural traditions and social relations in which they participate on the other. Being in a particular religious tradition (Christian or Islamic), they develop a particular perspective on life. In their reflections and behaviour they attempt to give an interpretation of the guidelines offered by their faith. Their faith never simply coincides with "the prevailing religious tradition" in Islam or Christianity. It is always an interpreted tradition, which should have significance for their everyday life. (p. 13)

Partners in the interreligious, intercultural marriages I research experience the embeddedness of their religious tradition in their daily life differently. ... Christians and Muslims never appear as pure 'Homo Islamicus' or 'Homo Christianus.' (p. 127)

The participants in this research are in the middle of an intense form of interreligious dialogue. It is a dialogue that concerns the way their own lives are organised along with their partners, children and family. Some of the participants reflect extensively about what this means for their commitment as believers. Others have less need for this type of reflection, but develop a way to live their lives as believers as they go along. Whatever degree of reflexivity they attain. All respondents articulate their own interpretation of the religious tradition they grew up in. (p. 272)

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