Description : www.halalmonk.com is not a one time event but an ongoing interreligious webproject that collects the conversations of a Christian theologian with some of the most influential spiritual leaders and important artists of the Islamic world.
Within efforts of interreligious dialogue the more difficult questions are often circumvented by superficials talks in which the different parties respectfully listen but seldom truly engage. Jonas Yunus, the theologian from Belgium behind the Halal Monk project, therefore wants to revive the tradition of true interreligious debate and discussion like it used to be held between wandering monks, travelling artists and journeying preachers. He does not want to do so for the sake of the argument but because of the hope that such deeper debate might lead to unexpected solutions for the problems this world is facing.
The Halal Monk conversations are gathered on www.halalmonk.com. The translations of these conversations are published on different much visited community sites. The Dutch translations of the conversations can be found on www.nieuwemoskee.nl and www.kifkif.be for example.
By spreading these conversations all over the web the Halal Monk project wants to offer more insight about Islam to Christians as well as dig deeper in the interesting and volatile contemporary debates of the Islamic world. As such Halal Monk aims to be a concrete project of sincere interreligious dialogue and an effort to find ways out of the cultural and religious impasse our world seems to be creating.
Some of the people that Jonas Yunus had conversations with are for example Abdal Hakim Murad, Imam Abdul Feisal Rauf, Abida Parveen, Kudsi Erguner, Ziauddin Sardar, Peter Sanders, Amir Sulaiman, Amina Wadud, Mona Siddiqui, Musdah Mullia, M.A.S. Abdel Haleem, Cyrus McGoldrick, Aki Nawaz, and many others. Many more are to follow.
Besides all of this, the Halal Monk website also collects the personal theological reflections of Jonas Yunus on 99 verses of the Qur'an. He interprets the texts explicitly as a Christian but he puts these personal interpretations in front of Christians and Muslims alike. To Christians he shows how the verses might spiritually inspire them and to Muslims he asks questions that came to his mind after reading the surahs.