2017 Conference Schedule

Monday, 4 September

8:30-9:15: Arrival, Registration, Coffee, and Tea

9:15-9:30: Welcome and Conference Introduction by Dr Joshua Ralston

9:30-10:45: Opening Lectures

  • Prof Mona Siddiqui: The One God and the Oneness of God
  • Prof Klaus Von Stosch: Reframing Qur’anic Prophetology in Dialogue with Modern Christology

10:45-11:15: Coffee and Tea Break

11:15-12:45: Reframing Essentialism in Christian-Muslim Studies

Chair: Dr Abdul Rahman Mustafa

  • Prof Daniel Madigan: What is Islam? What is Christianity? Applying Shahab Ahmed’s Hermeneutics Across Boundaries
  • Prof David Grafton: Looking for the essential Muslim: A critique of common Interfaith engagement and a proposal for Particular Intercommunal Christian-Muslim Relations from below
  • Jr Prof Wietske de Jong-Kumru: A Postcolonial Look at Christian-Muslim Encounter in the Netherlands: Facing the Indonesian Mirror

12:45-14:00: Lunch

14:00-15:30: Reframing Polemics in Christian-Muslim Debates

Chair: Mr Tom Lea

  • Mr Wagdy Elisha: Polemics as an Act of Communal Self-Defense: Egyptian Christian Televangelist Zakaria Botros as a Model
  • Mr Hans Harmakaputra: Contesting the Meaning of ‘Unbelievers’ in Indonesia: An Islamic Fatwa on the Prohibition of Wearing Non-Muslim’s Attributes and a Christian Response
  • Mr Josef Linnhoff: At least they aren’t Shi‘a’: Christianity as a means of internal Muslim critique in the works of Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul Wahhab (d. 1792)

15:30-16:00: Coffee and Tea Break

16:00-17:30: New Frameworks for Imagining Engagement

Chair: Dr Nayla Tabbara

  • Dr Peter Walker: On the Vision of God: Nicholas of Cusa’ Interreligious Imagination
  • Ms Kathryn Heidelberger: Mary, the Prophet: A Constructive Proposal for furthering Interfaith Relationships
  • Dr Fadi Daou: Religious Social Responsibility: A common call for authenticity

17:30-19:00:  Break

19:00: Dinner in Rainy Hall, New College, University of Edinburgh

Tuesday, 5 September

9:00-10:45: Christian-Muslim Encounters and the Question of Justice


  • Dr Mitri Raheb: Christian-Muslim Encounters in context of Empire: A Middle Eastern/Palestinian Perspective
  • Prof Anne Hege Grung: Gender Justice as a working concept in Muslim -Christian studies: Challenges and possibilities of transformations
  • Dr David Decosimo: Liberating Islam: Freedom as an Islamic Value

10:45-11:15: Coffee and Tea Break

11:15-12:45: Christian-Muslim Relations and Philosophical Theology

Chair: Prof Klaus Von Stosch

  • Dr Abdul Rahman Mustafa: Meaning and Interpretation: Reading Traditional Islamic Thought in light of Philosophy of Language 
  • Dr Gorazd Andrejč: Expressing Christian-Muslim Disagreements in Today’s Europe
  • Dr Taraneh Wilkinson: The Creative Space of Dialectics: Turkish Muslim Philosophical Theology

12:45-13:45: Lunch

13:45-15:15: Reframing Christian Approaches to Islam and Dialogue

Chair: Dr Deanna F Womack

  • Prof Tarek Mitri: Reflections on Christian-Muslim relations and dialogue in the Arab world
  • Mr Neven Vukic: Orthodox Christianity and Islam in the Aftermath of the Council of Crete
  • Dr Joshua Hollmann: Nicholas of Cusa and Christian-Muslim Dialogue Past and Present

15:15-15:45: Coffee and Tea Break

15:45-17:15: Reframing Classical Theological Loci

Chair: Prof Iain Torrance

  • Prof Paul Heck: Divine Favour and Pain in Christian and Muslim Traditions
  • Jr Prof Muna Tatari: Divine Action: An Islamic Approach in Conversation with Process Theology
  • Dr Serafettin Pektas: Imago Raḥmān: Christian-Muslim Convergence on Modern Theological Anthropology

Dinner on your own in the City of Edinburgh

Wednesday, 6 September

9:00-10:30:  Grounding Theological Encounter

Chair: Prof Hugh Goddard

  • Dr Nayla Tabbara: Spiritual solidarity as a new paradigm for interreligious relations
  • Mr David G Kibble: Christian-Muslim (and Jewish) Engagement: Moving Beyond Traditional Theological Models
  • Prof Pamela Couture: Christian-Muslim Student Encounter through Experiential Pedagogical Methods

10:30-11:00: Coffee and Tea Break

11:00-12:30:  Islamic Scripture and Approaches to Christianity

Chair: Dr Matthew Novenson

  • Dr Joseph Lumbard: Rereading Qur’an Condemnations
  • Ms Doaa Baumi: Paul from an Islamic Perspective
  • Mr Yusuf Çelik: Reframing the ethics and the salvific message of the Qur’an in reference to Muslim-Christian relations: the historicist Qur’an hermeneutics of Mustafa Öztürk

12:30-13:30: Lunch

13:30-15:00: Difference, Similarity, and Debates

Chair: Prof Mona Siddiqui

  • Dr Joshua Ralston: al-Furqān and the Question of Commonalities
  • Dr Leonard Chrysostomos: Excorcising ‘Allah’: The Anti-Islamic Rhetoric among the Indonesian Sacred Namers
  • Dr Nevin Reda: Christian-Muslim Encounter and the Challenges of Translation: Reframing ‘Islam’ in Christian Theological Schools

15:00-16:00: Closing Discussion and Next Steps

17:30-19:00: Public Book Launch and Reception, Divine Hospitality by Fadi Daou and Nayla Tabbara

All lectures in Martin Hall, New College, University of Edinburgh

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