Music, Peacebuilding, and Interfaith Dialogue: Transformative Bridges in Muslim–Christian Relations

Roberta R. King

An ever-increasing need to find creative approaches and mission models to engage
with Muslim neighbors exists. Studies have shown that musical performance can
evoke transformative moments that enhance communication and restore broken
relationships. In this article, I explore the intersection of music, peacebuilding, and
interfaith dialogue in light of Muslim-Christian relations. I ask how music contributes
to peacebuilding among peoples of differing faiths by investigating the roles music
plays in promoting peace and living with the other in sustainable ways. I suggest
a theoretical framework of transformative music communication and practices of
interfaith dialogue as bridges in Muslim-Christian relations. (July 2016)