Lucy Schouten

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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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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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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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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