What We’re Reading: 5 1/2 books from Christian-Muslim Studies post-9/11

This is the first post on ‘What We’re Reading’, a quick survey of academic and other reads submitted by students and scholars associated with the Christian-Muslim Studies Network. Not all titles suit every bookshelf, but we hope to offer a sense of what is available within the growing field of Christian-Muslim Studies. The following are recent, self-contained offerings on religion, politics, and whatever comes with them. 1) Religions for Peace by Francis Arinze (2002) Context is always essential, but this…

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‘Speaking of the One God’: Moving beyond the diatribe

Discussions of God in the world’s largest religious traditions brought scholars from around the globe to a two-day symposium hosted by the Christian-Muslim Studies Network in July. Delving deeply into one of the most publicly contentious and deeply theological issues of Christian-Muslim dialogue, the symposium ‘Speaking of the One God: Divine Essence, Attributes, and Names’  brought nearly 30 scholars to Edinburgh. ‘The Christian-Muslim Studies Network aims to connect those who are capable of the richly innovative, inter-disciplinary scholarship necessary for this…

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Speaking of the One God: Divine Essence, Attributes, and Names

The Christian-Muslim Studies Network will hold a symposium ‘Speaking of the One God: Divine Essence, Attributes, and Names’ at New College, University of Edinburgh, on 15-16 July. Lectures and discussion will explore the articulation of God and monotheism within the traditions of Islam and Christianity. Speakers at this symposium include Rowan Williams, Mona Siddiqui, Linn Marie Tonstad, Ramon Harvey, Anna Moreland, Stephen Pickard, Joshua Ralston, and Abdul Rahman Mustafa. This event commences with opening remarks by Rowan Williams at 18:15…

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Upcoming Lecture: ‘Migration and the Maronite Church’

The Christian-Muslim Studies Network invites the public to a special lecture titled, ‘Migration and the Maronite Church: Secular Challenges and Clerical Retrenchment, 1890-1930’ on Monday, 18 June. Prof Akram Khater of North Carolina State will deliver the lecture, which focuses on his specialty of migration in Middle Eastern Christianity. With its exploration of the Christian communities native to the Middle East, this lecture is the second to combine the focus of both the Christian-Muslim Studies Network and the Centre for…

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Upcoming seminars with the Christian-Muslim Studies Network

The Christian-Muslim Studies Network is set to commence a lecture series in Christian-Muslim Studies for 2018. All lectures are held in the Senate room at the School of Divinity in the University of Edinburgh. Each commences at 14:30 with a reception and light refreshments to follow in Rainy Hall. Thursday, 8th March 2018: Prof Jon Hoover, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Nottingham ‘Ibn Taymiyya’s Theology: God, Time and Space’ Thursday, 22nd March 2018: Dr Richard Todd,…

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Student Profile: Building expertise in Islamic theology in Edinburgh

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 are engaging with Christian-Muslim Studies and related fields in Edinburgh.  Josef Linnhoff began his undergraduate studies in 2009 at the University of Edinburgh, where he has watched increasingly vibrant intellectual engagement with Christian-Muslim studies develop ever since. His time at the School of Divinity…

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Student Profile: Peace, Conflict, and Christian-Muslim Relations in Nigeria

The Christian-Muslim Studies Network location in Edinburgh, a diverse European capital, allows Emmanuel Ossai, a Nigerian PhD student, to benefit from the scholarship of many traditions. As a first-year PhD student in Christian-Muslim Relations and Islamic Studies, Mr Ossai is particularly interested in studies of places where Christians and Muslims coexist. His studies center on central and northern Nigeria, where he examines the causes of communal conflict between Muslims and Christians. He does so through the lens of a ‘zone…

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Network launches first seminar: Muslim views of the Bible

The Christian-Muslim Studies Network launched the first in a series of seminars with a presentation from Dr Martin Whittingham of the Oxford Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies. Dr Whittingham analysed Muslim views of the Bible and Christianity generally, discussing his ongoing research in a presentation titled, ”As it says in the Torah…’ Muslim use and criticism of the Bible in the Hadith literature’. Dr Whittingham specializes in Muslim views of the Bible and engaged with staff and student questions on Christian-Muslim relations  during…

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Student profile: From Ghana to Scotland

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 illustrates some of the opportunities available to postgraduate students who are engaging with the academic facets of the Christian-Muslim Studies Network in Edinburgh.  Emmanuel Tettey joined the masters cohort at the University of Edinburgh School of Divinity and aims to study Christian-Muslim relations in his own context through an academic lens. Originally part of…

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Meet the new postdoctoral fellow

Dr Abdul Rahman Mustafa joined staff at the University of Edinburgh in September as the Christian-Muslim Studies Network’s first postdoctoral fellow. He brings to New College his expertise in both law and Islamic theology, and he contributes to the Network’s commitment to interfaith studies with a critical lens. His appointment was made possible by a grant from the Luce Fund for Theological Education at the Henry Luce Foundation. Dr Mustafa joined the staff at New College after completing his PhD…

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