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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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Christian-Muslim Studies in Scotland: An Evolving Context

Relations with those of other faiths might once have seemed an unusual occupation. More recent times make interfaith engagement – both irenic and otherwise – a major factor in countries around the world. Far from diminishing the importance of place, the proliferation of interfaith engagements across borders means local history, politics, and expectations is as important as ever. Thus, critical engagement with Christian-Muslim Studies still requires a keen awareness of context. With that in mind, this post reflects on both…

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Building Your Library in Christian-Muslim Studies

The field of Christian-Muslim Studies – and its corresponding work on the ground – is constantly evolving and rapidly growing. Despite the ever-changing nature of their field, however, the scholars, students, and practitioners working in Christian-Muslim Studies maintain at least one constant. Despite religious difference, books can be our common currency. With the need for robust and ongoing scholarship in view, the Christian-Muslim Studies Network has sought out the latest in Christian-Muslim Studies for the last three years. Through book…

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Taught MSc in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations

MSc Launch at University of Edinburgh The Christian-Muslim Studies Network and School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh officially launched a new taught masters (MSc) in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations on 9 March. A new video released for the launch describes the new course in detail. Applications for the inaugural course, beginning in September 2020, are currently open. The launch was attended by staff and students from New College and the Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam…

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Gratitude: Inclusion or Privilege?

By Nathanael Vette, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Gratitude: Christian and Muslim Perspectives School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh On 12-14 January, the School of Divinity hosted the third and final workshop discussing Christian and Muslim perspectives on gratitude. The workshop was held at the British University in Dubai, where participants were warmly welcomed by Vice-Chancellor Abdullah Mohammed Alshamsi. As with our first two workshops in Edinburgh and Yale, the event was chaired by Professor Mona Siddiqui and sponsored by the Issachar…

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Peace in Zanzibar

A reflection on Christian-Muslim relations in East Africa By Nico Brice-Bennett This post is from Nice Brice-Bennett, a PhD candidate in World Christianity at the University of Edinburgh. It is a reflection of a paper given by Dr Arngeir Langås’ titled, ‘Peace in Zanzibar: Proceedings of the Joint Committee of Religious Leaders in Zanzibar, 2005-2013’. Dr Langås’ presentation at the workshop was, in effect, an overview of his new book, which is itself a reworked version of his doctoral thesis.…

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