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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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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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