‘The road not yet taken’ International conference in Beirut

A conference report for ‘Religion, Politics, and Critique: Comparative Political Theology’ This conference concluded in February 2019, but bios for participants and video recordings of presentations are available. What might ‘political theology’ – often seen as a Western or Christian discourse – contribute to discussion of religion, politics, and the secular in the Middle East? Is the discipline inappropriate to any tradition outside of Europe and the West, or are useful contributions yet awaiting the proper approach? To address this…

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Legal Thought of Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti – A reflection

Al-Suyuti: Then and Now – A reflection By Ali Al Lawati The following is a reflection by Ali Al Lawati, a postgraduate student in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Within Islamic scholarly history, notable scholars are often introduced and described by their students using lavish terms. Exaggerated references are made to the scholar’s superior characteristics of knowledge, worship, piety or others. The case of Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti (d. 1505) provides an alternative case in that…

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Divine Words, Female Voices: Mary and Muhammad

A discussion with the author Divine Words, Female Voices: Muslima Explorations in Comparative Feminist Theology (published 2018) offers a distinctive and detailed response to calls for Islamic feminist theology, a Muslima theology. Muslima theology was introduced in Dr Jerusha Rhodes’ (formerly Lamptey) 2014 book, Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism, in application to questions surrounding religious diversity. Her latest book, Divine Words, Female Voices: Muslima Explorations in Comparative Feminist Theology, is distinctive in its use and expansion…

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Divine Words, Female Voices: Beyond poisoned wells

Divine Words, Female Voices A discussion with the author Divine Words, Female Voices: Muslima Explorations in Comparative Feminist Theology (published 2018) offers a distinctive and detailed response to calls for Islamic feminist theology, a Muslima theology. Muslima theology was introduced in Dr Jerusha Rhodes’ (formerly Lamptey) 2014 book, Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism, in application to questions surrounding religious diversity. Her latest book, Divine Words, Female Voices: Muslima Explorations in Comparative Feminist Theology, is distinctive in…

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Cross Veneration in the Medieval Islamic World: A discussion with the author

A recent book on the history of Christian-Muslim Studies has attracted significant discussion with its unusual and provocative line of enquiry. Cross Veneration in the Medieval Islamic World: Christian Identity and Practice under Muslim Rule (2017) offers a view of the extensive but oft-forgotten engagement among Muslims and Christians between the eighth and fourteenth century. The author is Professor Charles Tieszen, an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and the author of A Textual History of Christian-Muslim Relations…

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Christian Martyrs Under Islam – A reflection

By Samuel Nwokoro This post was contributed by Samuel Nwokoro, a PhD student with the Christian-Muslim Studies Network. He offers a reflection on a lecture given at New College by Prof Christian C. Sahner of Oxford. The scholarly story of early Islam can often be dominated by the conquest narratives. This is how many stories were written by early sources. This likely reflects the interests of early historians, who were concerned about key persons and the roles they played in…

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Graduate profile: Beyond comparative theology

Note: The Christian-Muslim Studies Network aims to advance academic scholarship and improve public engagement with the scriptural, theological, political, and sociological aspects of Christian-Muslim relations. This post is one of a series that illustrates the various ways that postgraduate students study and expand upon Christian-Muslim Studies and related fields.  Emmanuel Tettey has completed postgraduate studies with the Christian-Muslim Studies Network in Edinburgh and returned to Ghana for a research post in Christian-Muslim Studies on the ground. After working with an Interfaith…

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Islam’s Liberalisms and Liberalism’s Islams: Constructing a Contrast in a Paradigmatic Period

School of Divinity hosts AAR-funded workshop Contributed by Dr Ulrich Schmiedel The School of Divinity at Edinburgh hosted the concluding workshop of ‘Liberalism’s Islams and Islam’s Liberalisms: Constructing a Contrast in a Paradigmatic Period’. The international and interdisciplinary research project received funding from the American Academy of Religion. Debates about religion inside and outside academia frequently assume that Islam is in conflict with liberalism as much as liberalism is in conflict with Islam. The one-year research project brings together scholars…

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Upcoming in Winter 2019

23 January – ‘John Knox and Ibn Taymiyya on the Limits of Obedience to the State’ Prof Hugh Goddard, University of Edinburgh Co-sponsored by Theology and History 11.10 in Martin Hall, New College 7 February – Book Discussion The New Testament in Muslim Eyes: Paul’s Letter to the Galatians Dr Shabbir Akhtar, University of Oxford With responses from Dr Matthew Novenson, Dr Joshua Ralston, Doaa Baumi, and Charles Cisco Co-sponsored by the Centre for Study of Christian Origins 17:00-19:00 in…

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