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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New Quarantine Video Series Introduces Al-Ghazali

Launching a new video series A new series of ‘quarantine videos’ offers non-specialists a chance to engage with the foundations of Islamic thought in less than ten minutes. In the first installment of the series, Dr Joshua Ralston, Director and co-founder of the Christian-Muslim Studies Network, introduces the work of one of Islam’s most important reformers and philosophers, Abu Hamid al-Ghazali. The video series, an offering to the homes that have become classrooms due to quarantine, makes the widely-quoted scholar’s…

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Christians and Muslims: Friends or Foes?

A History of Christian-Muslim Relations, 2nd Ed By Prof Hugh Goddard Honorary Professorial Fellow, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World, University of Edinburgh This post explores the research and development behind the first and second edition of A History of Christian-Muslim Relations by Prof Hugh Goddard. It was originally published by Edinburgh University Press and has been re-posted here with permission. The book is available for purchase with a launch discount of…

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A Portrait of God in the Qur’an

Interview with Dr Gabriel Said Reynolds on Allah: God in the Qur’an This is an interview between the Christian-Muslim Studies Network and Dr Gabriel Said Reynolds, Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Dr Reynolds is the author of Allah: God in the Qur’an, which was published by Yale University Press on 3 March 2020. The interview has been edited for clarity and length. Christian-Muslim Studies Network: With the book still fresh off the press,…

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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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God, Man, and Space

The Inaugural Lectures of the Sanneh Institute By Sam Nwokoro The following reflection is from Sam Nwokoro, a PhD student in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at the University of Edinburgh. He attended the inaugural events of The Lamin Sannah Institute in Accre, Ghana. Starting from the big picture, the western region of Africa has had its own historical trajectory with religion and politics. Bound by the Atlantic and the Sahara, visitors first made their way through dry land and…

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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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Gratitude: Inclusion or Privilege?

By Nathanael Vette, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Gratitude: Christian and Muslim Perspectives School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh On 12-14 January, the School of Divinity hosted the third and final workshop discussing Christian and Muslim perspectives on gratitude. The workshop was held at the British University in Dubai, where participants were warmly welcomed by Vice-Chancellor Abdullah Mohammed Alshamsi. As with our first two workshops in Edinburgh and Yale, the event was chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui and sponsored by the Issachar…

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Peace in Zanzibar

A reflection on Christian-Muslim relations in East Africa By Nico Brice-Bennett This post is from Nice Brice-Bennett, a PhD candidate in World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh. It is a reflection of a paper given by Dr Arngeir Langås’ titled, ‘Peace in Zanzibar: Proceedings of the Joint Committee of Religious Leaders in Zanzibar, 2005-2013’. Dr Langås’ presentation at the workshop was, in effect, an overview of his new book, which is itself a reworked version of his doctoral thesis.…

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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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