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date: 14 August 2018

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For reasons good and bad, Mormonism has been linked with Islam from its earliest days. This chapter examines and evaluates some of the reasons behind that linkage, giving special attention to the polygamy associated with both, their shared belief in postbiblical scripture, their rejection of a Trinitarian understanding of God, and their very different understandings of the nature and role of Jesus. This chapter also surveys the sympathetic attitude of Mormon leaders toward Islam—already discernible in their first generation, when such sympathy was distinctly unusual in the West—and suggests a Mormon-theological explanation for that attitude. After a discussion of contemporary Latter-day Saint policy regarding proselytizing among Muslims, there is a brief description and history of Brigham Young University’s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, which was largely founded to fulfill the desire of Mormon scholars and ecclesiastical leaders to build good relations between the Mormon Church and the Islamic world.

Keywords: Islam, polygamy, scripture, Trinitarianism, proselytizing

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