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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Muhammad Reconsidered: Author’s Response

Dr Anna Bonta Moreland, Associate Professor of Theology, Villanova University This is Part 4 – the author’s response – to an online book panel on Muhammad Reconsidered: A Christian Perspective on Islamic Prophecy. Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 are also available on this blog. I would like to thank both Dr Tieszen and Mr Koch for their insightful reviews of my book Muhammad Reconsidered: A Christian Perspective on Islamic Prophecy.  In writing the book, I could only have…

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A Deeper Look at Muhammad Reconsidered – Part 3

David Koch, Doctoral Researcher, University of Paderborn This is Part 3 of an online book panel on Muhammad Reconsidered: A Christian Perspective on Islamic Prophecy by Anna Bonta Moreland, Associate Professor of Theology at Villanova University. Part 1 and Part 2, with comments from Dr Charles Tieszen, may be found here. A response from Dr Moreland, will follow. Reader comments for this discussion are welcome at Lucy.Schouten@ed.ac.uk. In her latest book Muhammad Reconsidered: A Christian Perspective on Islamic Prophecy, Dr…

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A Deeper Look at Muhammad, Reconsidered – Part 2

Dr Charles Tieszen, FRHistS Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary This post is Part 2 of an online book panel on Muhammad Reconsidered: A Christian Perspective on Islamic Prophecy by Anna Bonta Moreland, Associate Professor of Theology at Villanova University. Part 1, with comments from Dr Charles Tieszen, may be found here. Further discussion, including a response from Dr Moreland, will follow on this blog throughout June and into July 2020. Reader comments and contributions to this…

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A Deeper Look at Muhammad Reconsidered

Dr Charles Tieszen, FRHistS Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary This year’s online book panel is Muhammad Reconsidered: A Christian Perspective on Islamic Prophecy by Anna Bonta Moreland, Associate Professor of Theology at Villanova University. This book panel begins with comments from Dr Charles Tieszen. Further discussion, including a response from Dr Moreland, will follow on this blog throughout June and into July 2020. Reader comments and contributions to this discussion are welcome and may be directed…

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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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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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