Respectfully exploring disrespectful dialogue

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 now join this course for free here. Many Learners expressed concerns about the tone of the texts we read in Week 2 of the course. Learners have been disturbed by how, well, uncivil many of these texts are. Some have also engaged in debates about which points are more historically accurate than others.…

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Abraham’s Sacrifice in Christian-Muslim Studies

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 now join this course for free here. The title of ‘Abrahamic faiths’ – as Judaism, Islam, and Christianity are sometimes called – would seem to suggest a level of unity centered around the figure of Abraham. Indeed, many religious leaders of all three faiths have issued invitations toward interfaith dialogue on the…

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Autumn 2021 Seminar Schedule

All research seminars begin at 16:10. They are held in the Rainy Hall (New College) and will also be streamed online via Zoom. To join via Zoom and for any other enquiries, please email the Convenor, Dr Shadaab Rahemtulla, at s.rahemtulla@ed.ac.uk. 28 September – PhD Panel ‘Sacred Law in the Modern World’ Vanessa Goodwin: ‘The Juristic Challenges of Modern Fertility Treatments: Jewish and Muslim Engagements’Jaan Islam: ‘Mujahids or Mujtahids? The Influence of Classical Legal Schools on Contemporary “Salafi-Jihadi” Jurisprudence’ 12…

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The First Papal Visit to Iraq

Embracing Hope-filled Hospitality Dr Steve Cochrane, University of the Nations The four-day visit of Pope Francis to Iraq in March 2021 was filled with indications of hope, whether in meetings with Christian communities or Muslim leaders. It was the first time in history that a pope had visited Iraq, conveying not only his own desires for a brighter future but the longings of many that have left the region in recent years as well as those remaining. The Christians of…

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Week 4: Case studies in Christian-Muslim Relations

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. Many course participants expressed dismay about the issue of Christian-Muslim relations in Egypt. Comments suggested worry about the difficulties that Coptic Christians in rural areas of Egypt have faced in building churches, as well as in other areas of everyday life. This is despite the fact that the…

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Week 3: Historical encounters

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. The third week of this course explored some of the earliest historical encounters between Christians and Muslims in the Middle East and Europe. This included a ‘virtual tour’ of contested religious sites in modern-day Turkey and Spain, but also an introduction to the history of Syriac Christianity. For…

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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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