Monday, June 2, 2008

Understanding Islam

Understanding Islam is an introductory course for Christians led by the Revd Dr David Marshall at St Stephen’s House, Oxford.

This is a course for those who want to learn more about Islam and reflect on Islam as Christians. It aims to provide an understanding of Islam as Muslims understand it, and to address questions of Christian response to Islam and Christian co-existence with Muslims. No prior knowledge of Islam will be assumed. There will be input from Christian and Muslim speakers, and visits to Muslim institutions. Topics to be covered include: the life of Muhammad; the Qur’an; Islamic belief and practice; Islam and society; recent developments in Islam; Islam in Britain; Christian-Muslim relations.

Outline Timetable
Meals will be served during the course at 8:30am, 1:00pm and 6:00pm
Sunday 8 June
5.00pm Registration
7.00pm Introductory Session

Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 June
9.15am Session 1
11.30am Session 2
Afternoon Excursion
7.45pm Session 3

Wednesday 11 June
9.15am Session 1
11.30am Session 2
David Marshall has studied Islam at the University of Oxford and at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Birmingham University. His doctorate, on the Qur’an, was published as God, Muhammad and the Unbelievers. He trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and has worked in parishes in Leeds and Cambridgeshire, in university chaplaincy, and in theological education both in England and abroad. From 2000-2005, David was Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, a post involving substantial work in interfaith relations, particularly in a number of Christian-Muslim initiatives. Since then he has been teaching in a range of contexts, including St Stephen’s House, the Cambridge Theological Federation, the London School of Theology and the London campus of Notre Dame University. He lives in Croydon, where his wife, Helen, is a parish priest.

Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester, writes:
I am delighted that St Stephen’s House is offering this course on Understanding Islam. David Marshall has valuable experience in teaching Islamic Studies and in the practicalities of Christian-Muslim relations. I hope many will take part in this course, which I am confident will deepen their knowledge of the Islamic tradition and equip them for effective dialogue and intelligent Christian witness.

Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, writes:
Many Christians today are conscious of the need to grow in their understanding both of Islam and of the issues raised in Christian- Muslim dialogue. David Marshall has worked extensively in this field, both as a scholar and in a number of significant practical initiatives within the Church of England and across the Anglican Communion. The course that he will be leading at St Stephen’s House offers a valuable opportunity which I hope many will take up. I commend it warmly.

For more information, please contact:
The College Secretary, St Stephen’s House, 16 Marston Street, OXFORD, OX4 1JX, UK. +44 (0)1865 247 874. Further information from this online flyer (.pdf)