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The Polemical Use of Islam by 16th- and 17th-century Scottish Protestants

Scholarship on historic debates By Nathan Hood Nathan Hood is a doctoral candidate in Theology and History at the University of Edinburgh. He specializes in the theological developments of Early Modern Scotland. Given its geographical location on the western edge of Europe, divided from the continent by the sea, most early modern Scots probably never met or encountered Muslims directly. Thus, it is somewhat surprising that Islam appears in sixteenth and seventeenth century Scottish theological discussion. This brief article will…

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Public theology magazine launched in Arabic and English

Telos Magazine targets public theology in West Asia and North Africa By Christo El Morr The following is from Dr Christo El Morr, Associate Professor of Health Informatics at York University in Toronto, based on his participation in the CAFCAW conference in Cyprus in 2019. The event was co-sponsored by the Christian-Muslim Studies Network. During the CAFCAW 2019 conference that took place in Cyprus on 31 October 31 – 3 November 2019, a group of participating theologians, artists, and professors…

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Christian-Muslim Relations and Faith as an Experience

Reflection on Dr Accad’s Proposal of a Kerygmatic Approach The following is a reflection by Sam Nwokoro, a PhD student in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at the University of Edinburgh. The Christian-Muslim Studies Network co-hosted Dr Martin Accad, professor of Islamic Studies at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, along with the Centre for the Study of World Christianity and the Theology and Ethics seminar in November 2019. This was a unique opportunity to hear directly from Dr…

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Viewing Early Christian-Muslim Relations from All Directions

A Reflection on Jack Tannous ‘The View from Above, the View from Below, and The View from Books’ The following is a reflection by Michael J. Rozek, a PhD student in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh. On the 23rd of November, Professor Jack Tannous of Princeton University presented the keynote lecture at the University of Edinburgh’s 3rd Annual International Graduate Conference in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies. His keynote was titled, ‘The View from…

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The first English Quran translation: Scotland’s early polemic in Christian-Muslim encounter

By Nathan Hood Editor’s Note: The Christian-Muslim Studies Network aims to support critical scholarship in the field from a variety of disciplines. While not all such encounters are irenic, as with this historical example, even study of polemical encounters can offer useful fodder for scholarship. This post is a scholarly contribution from Nathan Hood, a current PhD candidate in Theology and History, whose research emphasis is in Early Modern Scotland. The first English translation of the Qur’an was produced by…

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Modern Muslim Theology as Beginning: Continuing the Conversations

Dr Martin Nguyen Associate Professor of Religious Studies Director of Islamic Studies, Fairfield University This post concludes an online book panel on Modern Muslim Theology: Engaging God and the World with Faith and Imagination with comments from the author. This online dialogue is hosted by the Christian-Muslim Studies Network. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 may be found on the Christian-Muslim Studies Network blog. The bringing of Modern Muslim Theology into the world was very…

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Be Careful with Tradition

Dr Ebrahim Moosa Professor of Islamic Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs,  University of Notre Dame Co-director, Contending Modernities Principal Investigator of Madrasa Discourses This post is Part 5 of an online book panel on Modern Muslim Theology: Engaging God and the World with Faith and Imagination. This online dialogue is hosted by the Christian-Muslim Studies Network. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 may be found on the Christian-Muslim Studies Network blog. Martin Nguyen challenges our understanding of tradition, and…

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Modern Muslim Theology: A Pedagogical Perspective

Dr Mohammad Hassan Khalil Professor in Islamic Thought at Michigan State University Adjunct Professor in the College of Law  Director of the Muslim Studies Program This post is Part 4 of an online book panel on Modern Muslim Theology: Engaging God and the World with Faith and Imagination. This online dialogue is hosted by the Christian-Muslim Studies Network. Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 may be found on the Christian-Muslim Studies Network blog. This past spring, I assigned Professor Martin…

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The Direction for the Ka’ba in Modern Muslim Theology

Dr Youshaa Patel Assistant Professor of Religious Studies – Lafayette College, USA This post is Part 3 of an online book panel on Modern Muslim Theology: Engaging God and the World with Faith and Imagination. This online dialogue is hosted by the Christian-Muslim Studies Network. Part 1 and Part 2 may be found on the Christian-Muslim Studies Network blog. In Modern Muslim Theology, Martin Nguyen convincingly persuaded me to reimagine theology not as the dry mental exercise of defining religious…

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Praying Shapes Believing: A Response to Martin Nguyen

Dr Lucinda Allen Mosher, ThD Faculty Associate in Interfaith Studies, Hartford Seminary Assistant Academic Director, Building Bridges Seminar This post is Part 2 of an online book panel on Modern Muslim Theology: Engaging God and the World with Faith and Imagination. This online dialogue is hosted by the Christian-Muslim Studies Network. Part 1 may be found here. As a Christian theologian in the Anglican tradition, a specialist in Christian-Muslim concerns whose formation as a scholar took place (for the most…

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