Mallon, a native of New York City, was educated at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and Eberhard-Karls Universitaet in Tuebingen, Germany. He holds graduate degrees in Hebrew Bible studies and a doctorate in near Eastern languages. He has taught at the American University in Washington, D.C., and the University of Washington in Seattle. He was also on the faculty at the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches in Bossey, Switzerland.
Mallon has been involved in interreligious dialogue since 1985. He has been engaged in the Christian-Muslim dialogue of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, with the National and World Council of Churches. He has published several articles on Christian-Muslim relations and is the author of Neighbors: Muslims in North America and most recently Islam: What Catholics Need to Know.
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