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"That We May Know Each Other": The Pluralist Hypothesis as a Research Program

"That We May Know Each Other": The Pluralist Hypothesis as a Research Program ESSAYS “That We May Know Each Other”: The Pluralist Hypothesis as a Research Program Paul O. Ingram Pacific Lutheran University When an African American Muslim named Siraj Wahaj served as the first Muslim “Chaplain of the Day” in the Unites States House of Representatives on 25 June 1991 he offered the following prayer, the first Muslim prayer in the in the history of the House of Representatives: In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most merciful. Praise belongs to thee alone; O God, Lord and Creator of all the worlds. Praise belongs to Thee Who shaped us as and colored us in the wombs of our mothers; colored us black and white, brown, red, and yellow. Praise belongs to Thee who created us from males and females and made us into nations and tribes that we may know each other. Siraj Wahaj’s prayer is a direct reference to one of the most cited verses of the Qur’an: “Do you not know, O people, that I have made you into tribes and nations that you may know each other.” Of course, “knowing each other” is an important goal in the practice of interreligious dialogue, but Muslims often move on to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

"That We May Know Each Other": The Pluralist Hypothesis as a Research Program

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 24 – Jan 10, 2005

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ESSAYS “That We May Know Each Other”: The Pluralist Hypothesis as a Research Program Paul O. Ingram Pacific Lutheran University When an African American Muslim named Siraj Wahaj served as the first Muslim “Chaplain of the Day” in the Unites States House of Representatives on 25 June 1991 he offered the following prayer, the first Muslim prayer in the in the history of the House of Representatives: In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most merciful. Praise belongs to thee alone; O God, Lord and Creator of all the worlds. Praise belongs to Thee Who shaped us as and colored us in the wombs of our mothers; colored us black and white, brown, red, and yellow. Praise belongs to Thee who created us from males and females and made us into nations and tribes that we may know each other. Siraj Wahaj’s prayer is a direct reference to one of the most cited verses of the Qur’an: “Do you not know, O people, that I have made you into tribes and nations that you may know each other.” Of course, “knowing each other” is an important goal in the practice of interreligious dialogue, but Muslims often move on to

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Buddhist-Christian StudiesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jan 10, 2005

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