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Title: Kiss Me, Kate
Subtitle: Putting Visions of Religious Convergence to the Test
Author(s): WORK, Telford
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 10 Issue: 1 Date: 2000
While most Christians and Muslims agree that their traditions are fundamentally incompatible, a few have ventured the more surprising hypothesis that Christianity and Islam are actually fundamentally compatible. The author makes an analysis of two proposals that claim fundamental compatibility between Islam and Christianity, from 'Alija 'Ali Izetbegovic (a Muslim) and Guilio Basetti-Sani (a Christian). Both fit MacIntyre's rather Hegelian description of enquiry into a 'rival' tradition from within a 'home' tradition. Each vision responds to a longstanding 'epistemological crisis' within itself, caused by the rise and success of the other, by drawing on its own rich resources in order to explain the other's compatibilities and limitations and to assert its own superiority. Each narrates the other in terms of its own rationality. Furthermore, each creates and assimilates the other's resources in the course of its project, yet does so according to the rules of its own tradition. A simple question can be put to each: Does it honor the fundamental logic of the rival tradition without betraying its own? In the end, each proposal's considerable strengths and weaknesses can be explained as successes and failures in honouring the fundamental logics of both traditions, and the prospects for progress await the emergence of more thoroughly bilingual (or trilingual) enquirers.