Student Profile: A theology of ordinary faith

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 how postgraduate students engage with Christian-Muslim Studies and related fields in Edinburgh.  In the work of Elizabeth Marteijn, the critical study of Christian-Muslim relations includes not only intellectual depth, but also lived practice. Ms Marteijn’s doctoral studies, like her masters degree, are in World Christianity at the…

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Christmas in Palestine

 A celebration of Christianity, unity, and nationalism The author of this post, Elizabeth Marteijn, is currently a PhD candidate in World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh. Her research brings together the methods of theology and ethnography in her doctoral study on Palestinian Christianity. It’s heavy raining at 9 pm in the evening – the time people are entering the Church of Saint Catherine in Bethlehem. People are rushing,pushing and shouting. Palestinian soldiers with guns try to keep order. A…

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Meet the new Fellow with the Christian-Muslim Studies Network

Dr Omar Anchassi is part of the growing influx of students and staff pursuing Christian-Muslim Studies at Edinburgh. He joined the Christian-Muslim Studies Network beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year and brings to New College additional expertise in Islamic Studies. Having cultivated interdisciplinary interests within Islamic Studies, and teaching courses titled ‘Islam Past and Present: Issues of Gender and Ethics’, and ‘Literary Classics of the Islamic World’, Dr Anchassi seems like an obvious addition to the field of Christian-Muslim Studies. His…

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Christianity in the works of Muhammad b. ‘Abdul Wahhab (Part Two)

By Josef Linnhoff Editor’s Note: This is Part Two of a series of posts contributed by Josef Linnhoff. These posts represent part of his doctoral research in Christian-Muslim Relations and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh and include creative interpretation of a previous publication from Dr Joshua Ralston. Students interested in applying for the degree programmes offered through the Christian-Muslim Studies Network may see the website for the School of Divinity or contact Dr Ralston directly. My early post, Part…

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Christianity in the works of Muhammad b. ‘Abdul Wahhab (Part One)

By Josef Linnhoff Editor’s Note: This post was contributed by Josef Linnhoff and is part of his doctoral research in Christian-Muslim Relations and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. The title is an inversion of the title from a previous publication from Dr Joshua Ralston, Director of the Christian-Muslim Studies Network. Students interested in applying for the degree programmes offered through the Christian-Muslim Studies Network may see the website for the School of Divinity or contact Dr Ralston directly. Few thinkers are…

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3 seminars upcoming in Christian-Muslim Studies

With the autumn course schedule coming to a close, the Christian-Muslim Studies Network is announcing a preliminary schedule for seminars in Winter 2019. These seminars focus on various aspects of Christian-Muslim Studies and include a Q&A discussion. All seminars are held at New College, and light refreshments are served. 7 February – Book Discussion: The New Testament in Muslim Eyes: Paul’s Letter to the Galatians  Co-sponsored by the Centre for Study of Christian Origins Dr Shabbir Akhtar, Honorary Research Associate…

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New book in Christian-Muslim Studies: Jesus in the Qur’an

A new theological work is seeking answers about one of the most frequent flashpoints in Christian-Muslim Studies – the role of Jesus Christ. Any committed effort toward interfaith dialogue among Christians and Muslims faces the differing accounts of Jesus from the Qur’an and the Bible. This new book explores the stumbling blocks and stepping stones with a rigorous comparative method. The book is the result of a long-term research project by a multi-faith, multi-national, and multi-disciplinary team. The final credit…

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Al-Manar’s response to missionary work in Egypt: A critical reflection

Editor’s Note: This is a contribution by Nathan Dever, a masters student in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh. It is a critical reflection of a lecture by Dr Umar Ryad of KU Leuven. Over the last century, the field of Christian missions has undergone significant change. Today, many of the roles which missionaries used to play internationally are now performed by various other groups, often without any reference to religion.  Despite these changes, many of the questions…

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What We’re Reading: 5 novels of Christian-Muslim Studies

Last week, we shared 5 1/2 books from Christian-Muslim Studies post-9/11. This week, we look at some non-academic fare. Below is a sampling of five contributions to Christian-Muslim Studies from novels and popular literature. 1) Baghdad Eucharist by Sinan Antoon (2017) A Catholic family navigates inter-generational conflict heightened by memories of an Iraq where peace seemed more promising.The story is set in a single day in Baghdad and offers a vivid picture of the struggle for life faced by all…

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Christian-Muslim Studies Seminars – Autumn 2018

The Christian-Muslim Studies Network will commence a second seminar series later this month. The following will be held at New College on the dates specified below, and a light reception will follow: 23 October – ‘The Force of Custom: Ḥanafī Debates on Conversion to Islam in Ottoman Egypt’  Dr Samy Ayoub, Assistant Professor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the University of Texas School of Law 16:00-18:00 (Senate Room) 1 November – ‘Islamic Reformism and western Christianity: al-Manar’s responses to missionary work…

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