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Between Allah & Jesus: Part 1

posted by Robert Gelinas
(Today we begin a three week conversation between myself and my fellow Beliefnet blogger

Aziz Poonawalla.  We are discussing excerpts from Peter Kreefts new book, “Between Allah & Jesus.  This week we are interacting around chpt. three:  On Jesus and  Muhammad.  To get the most out of these conversations please read the excerpt from Dr. Kreefts book.)

Brother Aziz,
I’ve been looking forward to our dialogue.  In order to give our readers some time to read the excerpt why don’t we share some personal information.
Who am I?  I’m a follower of Christ.  Married for sixteen years with six children between the ages of five and twelve.  I’m privileged to be the Lead Pastor of Colorado Community Church, an inter-denominational, inter-national church in the Denver area.  I’m also an author, adoption advocate and jazz theologian.  (My full bio is here)
Aziz, tell us about yourself.  Who are you?  What do you love?


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Aziz Poonawalla

posted May 19, 2010 at 3:08 pm


Hello Robert,
nice to formally meet you, brother :)
I am a muslim, of couurse, a member of the Ismail’ branch of the Shi’a school of jurisprudence. I reside in Wisconsin with my wife and kids and do MRI physics research for my day job. I am looking forwardd to our discussion, and I shouuld make clear to everyone that I do not see my role here as telling Christians what to think or what to “learn” from my faith – that’s a private matter. I hope I can provide some perspective on the muslim character in the book, and about Islam, so that the excercise is not purely a theoretical one. Along the way I am sure i will be able to learn something about Christianity as well, with Robert’s help.
Let’s get started!



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Andrew

posted May 19, 2010 at 3:41 pm


Aziz – you write that you are “a member of the Ismail’ branch of the Shi’a school of jurisprudence”. I’m afraid that much of that terminology goes right over my head. Can you explain what this means?



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