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A Review of Modern Muslim Theology: Questions, Challenges, and Prospects​

Imam Dr Khalil Abdur-Rashid Muslim Chaplain at Harvard University; Instructor of Muslim Studies at Harvard Divinity School​ This post is Part 1 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. From the outset, Martin Nguyen’s work, Modern Muslim Theology, attempts to ‘develop a Muslim theology of engagement’, no small order of business. The work eloquently calls for a reformation of…

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Author’s response: Jihad, Radicalism, and the New Atheism

A response by the author Dr Mohammad Hassan Khalil Professor of Religious Studies, Director of the Muslim Studies Program, and Adjunct Professor in the College of Law at Michigan State University I truly appreciate James Thieke’s thoughtful review of my book Jihad, Radicalism, and the New Atheism. Following his summary of the book and some personal reflections, Mr. Thieke poses three interesting questions which I shall address. The first question is as follows: Given that ‘Quranic verses feature prominently as…

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Jihad, Radicalism, and the New Atheism: A dialogue in Christian-Muslim Studies

Written by James Thieke Editor’s Note: These next two posts are a discussion of Jihad, Radicalism, and the New Atheism (Cambridge University Press, 2018) by Mohammad Hassan Khalil, Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Michigan State University. This post is a review by James Thieke, a PhD candidate in Science and Religion at the University of Edinburgh. A response from the author will follow on the Christian-Muslim Studies Network blog. Dr Mohammad Hassan Khalil’s book, Jihad, Radicalism and…

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‘Philosophy Without Borders?’

‘Philosophy Without Borders?’ Defining Philosophy at its Cross-Section with Theology By Cameron Clausing A version of this post was given by Cameron Clausing, a PhD candidate in Theology and History at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, as a response to the 2019 Gunning Lecture Series. These lectures were given by Dr Peter Adamson, Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Professor Mona Siddiqui opened this series of lectures with a brief history of…

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Legal Thought of Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti – A reflection

Al-Suyuti: Then and Now – A reflection By Ali Al Lawati The following is a reflection by Ali Al Lawati, a postgraduate student in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Within Islamic scholarly history, notable scholars are often introduced and described by their students using lavish terms. Exaggerated references are made to the scholar’s superior characteristics of knowledge, worship, piety or others. The case of Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti (d. 1505) provides an alternative case in that…

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Christian Martyrs Under Islam – A reflection

By Samuel Nwokoro This post was contributed by Samuel Nwokoro, a PhD student with the Christian-Muslim Studies Network. He offers a reflection on a lecture given at New College by Prof Christian C. Sahner of Oxford. The scholarly story of early Islam can often be dominated by the conquest narratives. This is how many stories were written by early sources. This likely reflects the interests of early historians, who were concerned about key persons and the roles they played in…

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Christmas in Palestine

 A celebration of Christianity, unity, and nationalism The author of this post, Elizabeth Marteijn, is currently a PhD candidate in World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh. Her research brings together the methods of theology and ethnography in her doctoral study on Palestinian Christianity. It’s heavy raining at 9 pm in the evening – the time people are entering the Church of Saint Catherine in Bethlehem. People are rushing,pushing and shouting. Palestinian soldiers with guns try to keep order. A…

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