Lucy Schouten

Week 2: Jesus and Prophet Muhammad

Note: This post accompanies the material for an online course in Christian-Muslim relations offered by staff at the University of Edinburgh. You can find more information about this course and its aims here. This week’s course readings focused on the differences and similarities between the roles of Jesus Christ and the prophet Muhammad, as well as how Christians and Muslims have approached them throughout centuries of dialogue and polemic. Course participants read the differing accounts of Christ’s birth within Christian…

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Week 1: The Bible and the Qur’an

Note: This post accompanies the material for an online course in Christian-Muslim relations offered by staff at the University of Edinburgh. You can find more information about this course and its aims here. Participants on the course are diverse in terms of their geographic and faith background, and a mapping exercise in the course introduction helped to establish the breadth of global experience that participants bring to the course. This diversity was represented by the way that participants reflected on…

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Christian-Muslim Studies in Scotland: An Evolving Context

Relations with those of other faiths might once have seemed an unusual occupation. More recent times make interfaith engagement – both irenic and otherwise – a major factor in countries around the world. Far from diminishing the importance of place, the proliferation of interfaith engagements across borders means local history, politics, and expectations is as important as ever. Thus, critical engagement with Christian-Muslim Studies still requires a keen awareness of context. With that in mind, this post reflects on both…

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Building Your Library in Christian-Muslim Studies

The field of Christian-Muslim Studies – and its corresponding work on the ground – is constantly evolving and rapidly growing. Despite the ever-changing nature of their field, however, the scholars, students, and practitioners working in Christian-Muslim Studies maintain at least one constant. Despite religious difference, books can be our common currency. With the need for robust and ongoing scholarship in view, the Christian-Muslim Studies Network has sought out the latest in Christian-Muslim Studies for the last three years. Through book…

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‘A History of Christian-Muslim Relations’ Launched

2nd Edition available for orders Edinburgh University Press is very pleased to announce the publication of a second edition of ‘A History of Christian-Muslim Relations’ by Prof Hugh Goddard, who is an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Alwaleed Centre of the University of Edinburgh.  A launch discount of 30% is available for orders for the book, in either paperback or e-book format, via this link, and using the code NEW30. A post exploring the writing and contributions of the new edition…

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Taught MSc in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations

MSc Launch at University of Edinburgh The Christian-Muslim Studies Network and School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh officially launched a new taught masters (MSc) in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations on 9 March. A new video released for the launch describes the new course in detail. Applications for the inaugural course, beginning in September 2020, are currently open. The launch was attended by staff and students from New College and the Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam…

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The Limits of Justice in Christian-Muslim Relations

Watch sessions from recent international conference Updates and recordings from key sessions are now available from the most recent international conference from the Christian-Muslim Studies Network, ‘The Limits of Justice: Law, Ethics, and Theology in Christian-Muslim Relations‘. Find links to video recordings from the conference below: All photos are from the conference proceedings. Photo credit: Nassar Madyun. Opening Lecture Anver Emon (University of Toronto) Polizei and the Framing of Rights: An Islamic Legal Angle Theological Ethics and Christian-Muslim Relations Daniel…

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Upcoming in Spring 2020

Wednesday, 29 January – Workshop on Islam and Inter-religious relations in Africa This workshop will meet from 12:30-16:00 in the David Hume Tower, Room LG.06 (University of Edinburgh). Registration is free but should be completed on Eventbrite. Programme: 12:30-13:00 Sandwich lunch 13:00-14:15 Chair: Prof Hugh Goddard (Alwaleed Centre)  Prof Felicitas Becker (University of Ghent) The dynamics of religious reform in Swahili-language sermons from East Africa, with a response from Dr Fayaz Alibhai (Institute for Ismaili Studies) and discussion.  14:15-14:35 Refreshment…

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Crafting Comparative Theology in Germany

Paderborn looks to new milestones in comparative theology Editor’s Note: The Christian-Muslim Studies Network partners with organizations worldwide that share similar aims and approaches. This post highlights the past achievements and ongoing progress of one such organization in Paderborn, Germany. Paderborn is a small German city that boasts of meetings between Charlemagne and Pope Leo III. Known for a beautiful cathedral and ancient Christian art, it has recently become a centre for comparative theological research across the world’s religions. At…

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Upcoming events in Autumn 2019

Tuesday, 19 November – ‘Sacred Misinterpretation: Reaching Across the Christian-Muslim Divide’ Seminar by Dr Martin Accad, Arab Baptist Theological Seminary    This is jointly sponsored with Theology and Ethics and the Centre for the Study of World Christianity, as well as the Christian-Muslim Studies Network   ** Meeting in the Elizabeth Templeton Lecture Room at 16:10 ** A light reception will follow in Rainy Hall.  Thursday, 28 November – ‘Islam Without Liberalism’ ** Meeting in the Elizabeth Templeton Lecture Room…

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