Sunday, June 6, 2010

Understanding Islam 2010

Understanding Islam :
Monday 7th ~ Thursday 10th June 2010
St. Stephen's House, Oxford
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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. Most of the teaching will be provided by David Marshall; there will also be input from other speakers, Muslim and Christian (including staff at the Oxford Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies), 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

Course director and principal lecturer: Revd Dr. David Marshall

David Marshall studied theology at the University of Oxford and Islamic Studies at 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 taught 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 is now serving as the Academic Director of the Archbishop's Building Bridges seminar for Christian and Muslim scholars.


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