The first English Quran translation: Scotland’s early polemic in Christian-Muslim encounter

By Nathan Hood Editor’s Note: The Christian-Muslim Studies Network aims to support critical scholarship in the field from a variety of disciplines. While not all such encounters are irenic, as with this historical example, even study of polemical encounters can offer useful fodder for scholarship. This post is a scholarly contribution from Nathan Hood, a current PhD candidate in Theology and History, whose research emphasis is in Early Modern Scotland. The first English translation of the Qur’an was produced by…

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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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New Lecturer in Christian-Muslim Studies to encourage new Taught Masters

Dr Shadaab Rahemtulla aims to encourage new MSc in Christian-Muslim Studies The Christian-Muslim Studies Network is excited to welcome Dr Shadaab Rahemtulla as the new Lecturer in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. Dr Rahemtulla’s arrival not only marks the growth of Christian-Muslim Studies in Edinburgh under a three-year Luce grant, but also points toward the future. His appointment paves the way for a new Taught Masters programme that will prepare more scholars to engage in Christian-Muslim Studies. ‘The process of learning,…

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Modern Muslim Theology

Dialogue in Action Over the last two months, the Christian-Muslim Studies Network has enjoyed hosting an online book panel featuring the recently published book, Modern Muslim Theology. This book panel has demonstrated the Christian-Muslim Studies Network’s ongoing aim to increase engagement with Christian-Muslim Studies as a new and growing field, and also to make that scholarship more available to the public. In case you missed this 6-part series, all titles, including an author’s response to the panelists, are linked below.…

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Modern Muslim Theology as Beginning: Continuing the Conversations

Dr Martin Nguyen Associate Professor of Religious Studies Director of Islamic Studies, Fairfield University This post concludes an online book panel on Modern Muslim Theology: Engaging God and the World with Faith and Imagination with comments from the author. This online dialogue is hosted by the Christian-Muslim Studies Network. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 may be found on the Christian-Muslim Studies Network blog. The bringing of Modern Muslim Theology into the world was very…

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Be Careful with Tradition

Dr Ebrahim Moosa Professor of Islamic Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs,  University of Notre Dame Co-director, Contending Modernities Principal Investigator of Madrasa Discourses This post is Part 5 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. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 may be found on the Christian-Muslim Studies Network blog. Martin Nguyen challenges our understanding of tradition, and…

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Modern Muslim Theology: A Pedagogical Perspective

Dr Mohammad Hassan Khalil Professor in Islamic Thought at Michigan State University Adjunct Professor in the College of Law  Director of the Muslim Studies Program This post is Part 4 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. Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 may be found on the Christian-Muslim Studies Network blog. This past spring, I assigned Professor Martin…

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The Direction for the Ka’ba in Modern Muslim Theology

Dr Youshaa Patel Assistant Professor of Religious Studies – Lafayette College, USA This post is Part 3 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. Part 1 and Part 2 may be found on the Christian-Muslim Studies Network blog. In Modern Muslim Theology, Martin Nguyen convincingly persuaded me to reimagine theology not as the dry mental exercise of defining religious…

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Praying Shapes Believing: A Response to Martin Nguyen

Dr Lucinda Allen Mosher, ThD Faculty Associate in Interfaith Studies, Hartford Seminary Assistant Academic Director, Building Bridges Seminar This post is Part 2 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. Part 1 may be found here. As a Christian theologian in the Anglican tradition, a specialist in Christian-Muslim concerns whose formation as a scholar took place (for the most…

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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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