Muslim praises Pope's "thirst" to understand Islam | Top News | Reuters.com: "'He is a great theologian but not an expert in Islam,' Cherif, the first Muslim intellectual received by Benedict since his election in April 2005, said on Monday evening in Paris. 'What touched me was his thirst to understand.
'He is a man of dialogue,' Cherif, long been active in Christian-Muslim dialogue in France, told Reuters.
Muslim thinkers have criticized Benedict's speech in Regensburg, Germany because it drew what they said were false conclusions based on books by Christian writers about Islam.
While several Christians have written fine books on Islam, Cherif said, there was no substitute for discussing the faith with a believing Muslim. 'He needs to have someone explain it to him with respect, which is what I did,' he said."