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Communicating with Muslims: The Hui in China

  • Muslim-Christian Encounter
  • Abbr : MCE
  • 2020, 13(1), pp.205-246
  • DOI : 10.30532/mce.2020.13.1.205
  • Publisher : Torch Trinity Center for Islamic Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Christian Theology > Mission Theology
  • Received : February 3, 2020
  • Accepted : April 2, 2020
  • Published : March 30, 2020

Jae Woo Jeong 1

1사바신학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Earlier Christian response to Islam was essentially polemical and defensive. The Christian workers from the West did not understand the local culture and people, so they just delivered the Christian message to the Muslims without a contextualized method, such as an inference model in communication. We need to change the way of communication method from source oriented to people and context oriented in a way that people can truly understand. This writing project attempts to examine how to communicate to a Muslim people group, specifically the Hui, who are resistant to the gospel. In doing so, this study employs two methodological perspectives: communication theories, and the Hui in China. This study strives to approach the human elements that lie beneath the surface level of Islam. The paper is to show that understanding the Hui’s culture and people and meeting their felt needs in order to open the lines of communication are the appropriate methods for mission among the Hui in China.

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