From the 4th through the 6th of September, 2017, scholars from five continents will gather together at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh for the inaugural international conference of the Christian-Muslim Studies Network. Funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Christian-Muslim Studies Network exists to advance scholarship and foster collaboration between scholars, public intellectuals, and religious leaders in Europe, Muslim-majority societies, North America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia.
The first conference, Reframing Christian-Muslim Encounters: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives, will critically examine the existing field of Christian-Muslim Studies and constructively analyse historic and current paradigms for theological, scriptural, and philosophical debate. By connecting scholars from distinct contexts and exploring the major themes and approaches that have shaped Christian-Muslim relations, the conference aims to invigorate the field by opening up new avenues for comparative study and mutual learning. Throughout, we will consider how theological debates between Christians and Muslims might be reframed beyond appeals to either inherent difference or general commonalities.