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Books for Personal and Group Study

  • Anderson, Leona M and Pamela Dickey Young. Women & Religious Traditions. New York:OxfordUniversity Press, 2010. A text that examines the world’s major religious traditions from the perspective of women. Includes nine chapters and four case studies. An excellent study resource for women’s groups.
  • Bharat, Sandy & Jael Bharat. A Global Guide to Interfaith. Reflections from Around the World. Washington: O Books, 2007. This book introduces the when, why, who, how, and what of interfaith work through personal reflections and photographs from around the world. It provides resources, stories, and quotes.
  • Boys, Mary C & Sara S. Lee. Christians & Jews in Dialogue: Learning in the Presence of the Other. Woodstock, Vermont: Skylight Paths, 2006. Written by two experienced religious educators and scholars, one a Christian and one a Jew, this book lays out a framework for members of different religious traditions to engage each other with depth and vision.
  • Breaking Bread: A Celebration of Three Faiths. A Multifaith Cookbook. By the Olive Tree Foundation for Peace, Multifaith Education Project. Fern Park Florida, 2007.  Recipes and stories representing the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions.
  • Eck Diana &The Pluralism Project. On Common Ground: World Religions in America. 3RD Edition. Cambridge: Harvard University, 2008. This CD-ROM provides the history, beliefs, and current practices of 15 religious traditions. Includes an anthology of documents for further study, as well as a geographic protract of the American religious landscape.
  • Harris, Ian M. and Mary Lee Morrison. Peace Education. 2nd edition.  Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2003. A basic text in peace education. 
  • Hedges, Paul. Controversies in Interreligious Dialogue and the Theology of Religions. London: SCM Press, 2010. This book is useful in that it provides a synthesis of the theoretical and theological bases of interfaith dialogue. It is a good text for those who want to do some study on the topic but cannot read a dozen different titles.  
  • Hackman, Bud and Rori Picker Neiss. Interactive Faith. The Essential Interreligious Community-Building Handbook. Woodstock: Skylight Paths, 2008. A practical guide to the methods and resources of the interfaith movement.
  • Ipgrave, Michael. The Road Ahead. A Christian-Muslim Dialogue. London: Church Publishing, 2002. Talks given by 40 Christian and Muslims scholars in dialogue on a variety of issues.
  • Ipgrave, Michael. Scriptures in Dialogue. Christians and Muslims Studying the Bible and the Qur’an Together. London: Church House Publishing, 2004. This series of articles is the result of a conference with 25 Muslim and Christian scholars who engaged in extensive text study together. The collection is most useful to readers who have a background in the Bible and Qur’an.
  • Kujawa-Holbrook, Sheryl A. God Beyond Borders: Congregations Building Interreligious Community. Herndon, Virginia: Alban Institute, 2011. A comprehensive resource for those in Christian congregations, and other faith communities interested in interfaith dialogue, compassionate action, interfaith education, interfaith clergy groups, and space sharing.
  • Lonsdale, Akasha. Do I Kneel or Do I Bow? London: Kuperard, 2010. Ideal for those who visit houses of worship or travelers, this book is a guide to interfaith etiquette that gives concise information on values, customs, and beliefs, as well as the cultural practices of various religious traditions.
  • MacKenzie, Don, Ted Falcon, and Jamal Rahman. Getting to the Heart of Interfaith. Woodstock: Skylight Paths, 2009. From the perspective of their own faith commitment, a pastor, a rabbi, and a sheikh, explore their differences and interfaith cooperation.
  • Mays, Rebecca Kratz, ed. Interfaith Dialogue at the Grass Roots. Philadelphia: Ecumenical Press, 2008. This book is a practical handbook on interfaith dialogue for congregations. Each section has reflection questions and offers further resources.
  • McCarthy, Kate. Interfaith Encounters in America. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2007. The chapters in this book explore the many ways people in the United States experience interfaith encounter, through faith communities, families, community groups, online discussions, etc.
  • Patel, Eboo. Acts of Faith. The Story of an American Muslim. The Struggle for the Soul of a Generation. Boston: Beacon Press, 2007. The spiritual autobiography of the founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, and a leading visionary of religious pluralism.
  • Prothero, Stephen. A Nation of Religions. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006. A collection of essays that address how Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs have changed the public values, rites and institutions of the nation, and how they have been changed in the process.
  • Race, Alan & Paul Hedges. Christian Approaches to Other Faiths. London: SCM Press, 2009. This book is in the SCM Reader series, and thus provides an overview of the fields of interfaith dialogue, interfaith encounter, and world religions. Reading it will give a thorough background in one book. 
  • Rahman, Jamal, Kathleen Schmitt Elias, Ann Holmes Redding. Out of Darkness into Light. Harrisburg: Morehouse Publishing, 2009. A book published through Spiritual Directors International, it brings together spiritual guidance in the Qu’ran with reflections from Christian and Jewish sources.
  • Rifkin, Ira, ed. Spiritual Leaders Who Changed the World. Skylight Paths, 2008. The result of a national survey, this book contains brief entries on key religious leaders of the 20th century, including Black Elk, the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Joshua Heschel, Thomas Merton, Simon Weil, Aimee Semple McPherson, Dorothy Day, Billy Graham, Thich Nhat Hanh, and more.
  • Sacks, Jonathan. The Dignity of Difference. How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations. London: Continuum, 2002. Now a classic, this book is one of the first major statements by a Jewish leader on the ethics of globalization. A bold statement for supporting the need to make a space for difference, even–and especially–at the heart of the monotheistic imagination.
  • Small, Joseph and Gilbert Rosenthal. Let us Reason Together. Christians and Jews in Conversation. Louisville: Witherspoon Press, 2010. Based in a series of discussions between pastors, rabbis, scholars and theologians about the commonalities and differences between Judaism and Christianity, and the relationship God intends between the traditions.
  • Smith, Jane Idleman. Muslims, Christians, and the Challenge of Interfaith Dialogue. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. This book is the result of the author’s many years of experience as a Christian involved in Muslim-Christian dialogues locally, nationally, and internationally. It is an introduction to the particulars of Muslim-Christian dialogue.  
  • Swidler, Leonard, Khalid Duran, Rueven Firestone. Trialogue. Jews, Christians and Muslims in Dialogue. New London: Twenty-Third Publications, 2007. Christian, Jewish, and Muslim professors present the challenges of interfaith dialogue from their perspectives.
  • Torry, Malcolm & Sarah Thorley. Together & Different: Christians Engaging with people of Other Faiths. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2008. This book features a series of case studies on a wide variety of interfaith projects in the United Kingdom, most of which are directly applicable to other contexts.
  • Volf, Miroslav, Ghazi bin Muhammad, and Melissa Yarrington, A Common Word. Muslims and Christians on Loving God and Neighbor. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010. A collaborative effort between Muslims and Christians from all over the world, this book addresses critical and frequently asked questions, and is considered by some a major step toward reconciliation between the two faiths,


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  • Amreeka. Directed by Cherien Dabis. National Geographic Society, Virgil Films, 2009. 96 minutes. Life in America from the perspective of Palestinian immigrants; a single mother and her teenage son.
  • America’s New Religious Landscape. Bob Abernathy, Executive Producer. Educational Broadcasting Corporation, 2003. 60 minutes. Through stories, interviews, and images, this documentary showcases the “new religious landscape” of the United States, including communities of Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Hasidum.
  • Elie Wiesel. Produced and directed by Robert Gardner. Lives and Legacies Films, 2002. 60 minutes. Elie Wisel reflects on his life, work, and the future of humanity in this film that revisits many of his experiences, including the horrors of the Holocaust. 
  • Fremont U.S.A. Produced and directed by Rachel Antell and Elinor Pierce. Narrated by Diana L. Eck. The Pluralism Project, 2002. 57 minutes. This film documents civic engagement and interfaith action in the city of Fremont, California; a city where the religious landscape was transformed through immigration.  
  • The Imam & the Pastor. Directed by Alan Channer. FLTfilms, 2006. 40 minutes. The moving story of the peace-building efforts between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria, this film depicts the commitment of religious men to end killing and bring healing to their communities, village by village.
  • Jerusalem: Center of the World. Directed by Andrew Goldberg. PBS, 2009. 120 minutes. Covers over 4,000 of history from the perspective of the city’s Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities.
  • The Jewish People: A Story of Survival. Directed by Andrew Goldberg. Two Cats Productions, 2008. 60 minutes. The story of the survival of the Jewish people from slavery to the loss of their homeland; from exile to anti-Semitism.
  • The Jews: A People’s History. A Film by Nina Koshofer and Sabine Klause. Kultur, n.d.  265 Minutes. A five part documentary that explores 4,000 years of Jewish history, starting with the origins of the Jewish people through to the present day.
  • Little Mosque on the Prairie. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), 2006 – present. This CBC comedy television series focuses on the relationships between the Muslim and Christian communities in the fictional town of Mercy, Saskatchewan. A humorous look at relationships, faith, values, family, and love in a local community. Available from the CBC shop, or on the show’s website,
  • New Muslim Cool. A Film by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor. Specific Pictures, 2009. 83 minutes. A film centered around the life of Puerto-Rican American Muslim hip-hop star Hamza Perez, as he reaches for a deeper understanding of his faith and confronts the realities of the post 9/11 world. His spiritual journey unfolds as he builds a family, works as a prison chaplain, and finds way to serve his community.
  • The Power of Forgiveness. A Film by Martin Doblmeier. Journey Films, 2007.  78 minutes. A documentary on the process of forgiveness and reconciliation featuring Elie Wiesel, Thich Nhat Hahn, Thomas Moore, Desmond Tutu, and other religious leaders from a variety of traditions. The film follows people who testify to the personal and spiritual transformation (and the challenges) that accompany true forgiveness at Ground Zero, Northern Island, the Amish countryside, and in other contexts.
  • Renewal. Stories from America’s Religious-Environmental Movement. Produced by Marty Ostrow and Terry Kay Rockefeller, Fine Cut Productions, for the Renewal Project, 2007. 110 Minutes. A film featuring 9 different stories about religious environmental action and stewardship. It is possible to show one, several or all of the stories. The film is designed to engage people of faith in dialogue about environmental action and break down the barriers between secular activists and people of faith. Available from the Renewal Project, 
  • A Son’s Sacrifice. A film by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed.  Foment Films, 2006.26 minutes. The story of a young American Muslim who struggles to take over his father’s slaughterhouse in New York City. The young man must confront his mixed heritage and his father’s traditional community.
  • Stand Up: Muslim American Comics Come of Age. America At A Crossroads. Produced by Jeff Bierber and Dalton Delan. WETA Washington, 2007. 1 hour. The film explores the emergence of Muslim American and Arab American comedians and how they use humor to take on stereotypes about religion and politics.
  • Standing Together. The Christian-Muslim Consultative Group of Southern California, 2009. This manual and DVD program provides a comprehensive program on Muslim-Christian dialogue for local communities. The kit has easy to follow facilitator instructions. Available from
  • Three Faiths, One God. Judaism, Christianity, Islam. A documentary by Gerald Krell & Meyer Odze. Auteur Productions, LTD, 2005. 120 minutes. A poignant documentary that discusses the differences and similarities of the Abrahamic faith traditions. Scenes include different voices from each faith group, as well as settings. Includes a study guide.
  • Ties That Bind. Ann E. Feldman, creator and executive producer. Artistic Circles, 2006. 59 minutes. This documentary and outreach curriculum features seven women spiritual leaders from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions who reach across the boundaries of faith, race and nationality. The film also addresses the emerging role of women in interfaith dialogue. The package includes a detailed study guide for use with local groups. Contact


There are many websites related to interfaith dialogue. Those listed here are a few of those most commonly cited. Websites listed here were active at press time.