The ‘Catholic Muslim’

The Conversion of Louis Massignon

On October 31, the eve of All Saints Day, I offered Mass—on the fiftieth anniversary of his death—for Louis Massignon, a scholar of Islam and something of a patron saint for me and many other Christian students of Islam. Massignon was a most unusual Catholic, a scholar whose life and career exemplify something central to the faith’s intellectual tradition: a breadth of vision that is “catholic” with both a small and a capital C.

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Patrick J. Ryan, SJ, is the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University.