Al-Azhar University is widely regarded as the most prestigious educational institution in Sunni Islam. In this capacity, it plays an important role in Egyptian society, also touching on the relationship between Muslims and Christians. The present study examines the writings of three contemporary Al-Azhar scholars in an effort to identify the operative understanding of comparative religions (namely Islam and Christianity) in each case. The study identifies various paradigms and provides impulses for a methodological reorientation in an effort to promote mutual understanding.
Francis Abdelmassieh was born in Egypt in 1977 and served as a pastor in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Egypt from 2001 to 2013. He has lived in Germany with his family since 2013. In March 2020, he was installed as a pastoral intern in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover.