Christian-Muslim Dialogue

Christianity and Islam are two world religions whose adherents comprise over half of the world’s population. In Pakistan, Christians and Muslims have been living in a state of dialogue in many areas of life where the two meet. Christians and Muslims share with one another the neighborhood, school, workplace, hospital ward and even burial ground. They share all the moral and social problems as well as the amenities of modern urban living. They also share the sacred space of their houses of worship, the churches and mosques, where meaningful and sustained dialogue is nurtured. In fact there has been a collaboration amongst them in humanitarian, social, economic, and political activities which are directed towards the progress of the people. It leads one to believe that Christian - Muslim dialogue is progressing slowly but steadily. The Dominicans have been very active in promoting the Christian-Muslim dialogue at all levels. fr. James Channan, O.P, a Pakistani Dominican priest is well-known in the field of Christian-Muslim dialogue. The other friars are also active in promoting Christian-Muslim dialogue on different basis.


The first known Dominican arrived in the Indian sub-continental in 1291, just 70 years after the death of St. Dominic. By the 17th century the Dominican Congregation of India, based in the Portuguese settlement at Goa, numbered about 350 brothers, but died out in the 19th century.

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