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​Dr. Sandra Toenies Keating 

(Ph.D.  Catholic University of America, 2001). She teaches and publishes in the area of comparative religion with an emphasis on Catholic-Muslim Relations, particularly theological exchange in the early medieval period. 


Dr. Keating has published numerous articles and a book on relations between Muslims and Christians in the Middle East. She is a frequent speaker on various aspects of Muslim-Catholic relations, especially on the theology and historical background to contemporary issues in dialogue. She is a member of the USCCB Catholic-Muslim dialogue group, and serves as a Consultor on the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims.

Recent Publications include:

  • "Say Not Three": Some Early Christian Responses to Muslim Questions about the Trinity," The Thomist 74:1 (2010).
  • “Interreligious Dialogue with Muslims: Reflections on Yesterday and Today,” International Journal of African Catholicism, 2:2 (2010).
  • An Early List of the Ṣifāt Allāh in Abū Rā’iṭa al-Takrītī’s “First Risāla ‘On the Holy Trinity’,”Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 36 (2009).
  • Defending the 'People of Truth' in the Early Islamic Period: The Christian Apologies of Abu Ra'itah (Brill, 2006).


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