Understanding Islam course complete

The Understanding Islam course, which comprises forty-six parts, each made up of a 30-minute video talk and an accompanying article, is now complete and uploaded to this website for use freely throughout the world.  It is divided into four series and can be accessed by clicking on the “UI Course” button.  The accompanying articles have been compiled into four collections, each called by the name of the appropriate series, which can be downloaded by clicking on the “Written Resources” button and then “Books.”

Understanding Islam Series IV

The Understanding Islam TV project is nearing its end.  The articles for Series III: Building a Just Society have been compiled into one document and can be downloaded from the Written Resources – Books section of this site.  All the half-hour TV programmes and their accompanying articles can be found in the UI Course section.  The fourth and final series: Bearers of the Final Message, comprising ten programmes with accompanying articles, begins to be broadcast on 20th April on Ahl ul-Bayt TV.  The topics for this series are:

1.       The initial expansion of Muslim rule

2.       Islam spreads outside the Middle East

3.       Greek knowledge passes through the Muslim lands

4.       Sifting and collecting the Hadith

5.       Theologians and their schools

6.       Islam and other faiths

7.       The Islamic critique of Judaism and Christianity

8.       Looking again at Islam and women

9.       The Art of Islam

10.     Muslims in the contemporary world

Christian theological reflection 2014

An invitation was given to write a piece of theological reflection from a Christian perspective on my experience of Christian-Muslim dialogue but the sting was in the tail… in only 750 words!  This led to several attempts and, rather than delete them, I compiled them together without any particular sequential theme running through them other than the topic.  This compilation can be downloaded from Written Resources – Articles.

Experiencing Muharram

The martyrdom of Imam Husayn, the grandson of Muhammad, together with his seventy-two companions at Karbala, stands out as a critical point in world history for the Shi’a community.  It is commemorated each year with a period of intense mourning during the first ten days of the month of Muharram.  During these days in November 2013, I was invited to join a Shi’a Muslim leader, Syed Dr Talib Hussain Warsi, in a series of conversations around the events, their place in a wider human context and their relevance for today.  The conversations were broadcast during Muharram 2013 and can be viewed by clicking on the “Videos” button and then “Experiencing Muharram.

Shi’a-Christian Tabletalk Report 2013

The Shi’a-Christian Tabletalk group was formed in 2013 and had its first meeting based around “Freedom of Speech and its Limitations.”  This group comprises five Shi’a Muslim scholars and five Christians and has set itself the task of working on questions of applied theology that affect both communities.  A fuller account of its goals and ways of working can be found in the introduction to the 2013 Report, which is available to download by clicking on the “Written Resources” button and then the “Books” page or by clicking on the link below:

Shi’a-Christian Tabletalk Report 2013