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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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The Polemical Use of Islam by 16th- and 17th-century Scottish Protestants

Scholarship on historic debates By Nathan Hood Nathan Hood is a doctoral candidate in Theology and History at the University of Edinburgh. He specializes in the theological developments of Early Modern Scotland. Given its geographical location on the western edge of Europe, divided from the continent by the sea, most early modern Scots probably never met or encountered Muslims directly. Thus, it is somewhat surprising that Islam appears in sixteenth and seventeenth century Scottish theological discussion. This brief article will…

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The Limits of Justice in Christian-Muslim Relations

Watch sessions from recent international conference Updates and recordings from key sessions are now available from the most recent international conference from the Christian-Muslim Studies Network, ‘The Limits of Justice: Law, Ethics, and Theology in Christian-Muslim Relations‘. Find links to video recordings from the conference below: All photos are from the conference proceedings. Photo credit: Nassar Madyun. Opening Lecture Anver Emon (University of Toronto) Polizei and the Framing of Rights: An Islamic Legal Angle Theological Ethics and Christian-Muslim Relations Daniel…

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Public theology magazine launched in Arabic and English

Telos Magazine targets public theology in West Asia and North Africa By Christo El Morr The following is from Dr Christo El Morr, Associate Professor of Health Informatics at York University in Toronto, based on his participation in the CAFCAW conference in Cyprus in 2019. The event was co-sponsored by the Christian-Muslim Studies Network. During the CAFCAW 2019 conference that took place in Cyprus on 31 October 31 – 3 November 2019, a group of participating theologians, artists, and professors…

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Upcoming in Spring 2020

Wednesday, 29 January – Workshop on Islam and Inter-religious relations in Africa This workshop will meet from 12:30-16:00 in the David Hume Tower, Room LG.06 (University of Edinburgh). Registration is free but should be completed on Eventbrite. Programme: 12:30-13:00 Sandwich lunch 13:00-14:15 Chair: Prof Hugh Goddard (Alwaleed Centre)  Prof Felicitas Becker (University of Ghent) The dynamics of religious reform in Swahili-language sermons from East Africa, with a response from Dr Fayaz Alibhai (Institute for Ismaili Studies) and discussion.  14:15-14:35 Refreshment…

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Christian-Muslim Relations and Faith as an Experience

Reflection on Dr Accad’s Proposal of a Kerygmatic Approach The following is a reflection by Sam Nwokoro, a PhD student in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at the University of Edinburgh. The Christian-Muslim Studies Network co-hosted Dr Martin Accad, professor of Islamic Studies at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, along with the Centre for the Study of World Christianity and the Theology and Ethics seminar in November 2019. This was a unique opportunity to hear directly from Dr…

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Viewing Early Christian-Muslim Relations from All Directions

A Reflection on Jack Tannous ‘The View from Above, the View from Below, and The View from Books’ The following is a reflection by Michael J. Rozek, a PhD student in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh. On the 23rd of November, Professor Jack Tannous of Princeton University presented the keynote lecture at the University of Edinburgh’s 3rd Annual International Graduate Conference in Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies. His keynote was titled, ‘The View from…

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