The Muslims who signed the open letter include grand muftis who are authorized to make legal decisions for Muslims in their countries. Other signers are professors at major universities in the Muslim world and the West who influence the rising generation of Muslims. The opportunity to engage with them is significant.
Woodberry goes on to describe the substance of the letter to the Pope, including several areas of critique where the Muslim scholars point out what they felt were errors in the papal address. Woodberry concludes this article with comments that Christians would do well to consider in a post-9/11 world, comments that are relevant for those with concerns about interreligious dialogue in other contexts as well:
No, meaningful dialogue does not require that the participants relinquish a witness concerning their faith. Nor does it mean we can't disagree about how they understand their history and faith. But it does require that we listen and learn what they really think. These 38 Muslim leaders have given us an extraordinary opportunity to do just that.