Understanding Islam: Standing before God

The second series of Understanding Islam TV programmes, called Standing before God, is available on YouTube by following the links on the “UI course” button on this website, then the “Standing before God” page.  All twelve articles for this series have been compiled together and are available by clicking on the “Written Resources” button and then the “Books” page.  To view this compilation, you can also click on the link below:

Understanding Islam: Standing before God

Understanding Islam: The Big Picture

The first series of Understanding Islam TV programmes, called The Big Picture, is available on You Tube by following the links on the “UI course” button on this website, then the “Big Picture” page.  All twelve articles for this series have been compiled together and are available by clicking on the “Written Resources” button and then the “Books” page.  To view this compilation, you can also click on the link below:

Big Picture

Introduction to UI Course

Please click to download the PDF Introduction to the UI course

The first series of twelve episodes of the course is complete.  The video for each episode and a set of notes in pdf format can be found by clicking here.

The Second series of twelve episodes of the course is complete. The video for each episode and a set of notes in pdf format can be found by clicking here.

The Third series is currently underway. As each becomes available, the notes and videos can be found by clicking here.

A Common Word: five years on

In October 2007, an Open Letter (www.acommonword.com) was sent, signed by 138 Muslim religious leaders, to a range of Christian leaders inviting them to come to work together to build peace between Christians and Muslims on the basis of a verse of the Qur’an (Q. 3:64). This was a significant Muslim initiative in Christian-Muslim relations. Five years on, this reading guide is offered to readers to help unpack some of the context, content and complexity of A Common Word and to indicate points on which Christians might like to reflect in thinking of an appropriate response. To read more, click on the link below

ACW five years on

Troll in Selly Oak: teaching by example

This article was written by Chris Hewer for a presentation volume dedicated to Prof. Dr Christian Troll SJ to mark his seventieth birthday (Im Dienst der Versöhnung: Für einen authentischen Dialog zwischen Christen und Muslimen, (ed.) Peter Hünseler, Regensburg: Verlag Friedrich Pustet, 2008). Prof. Troll has worked in the field of the study of Islam and Christian-Muslim relations since 1961. He studied in Germany, the Lebanon and Britain and subsequently taught in India, Britain, Italy, Turkey and his native Germany, where he is currently Honorary Professor at the Jesuit Theological Faculty in Frankfurt am Main. The article shows the methodology and structure of a course in the historical development of Islamic religious thought as taught by a Christian with a Muslim colleague to a group of Christian and Muslim students in a British university context. Four colleagues of ours at Selly Oak contribute their own reflections: the late Prof. Khalid Alavi from Pakistan, the Revd Gisela Egler from the Church of Hessen Nassau, Germany, the Revd Dr Herman Roborgh SJ from Sydney, Australia and Dr Ataullah Siddiqui from the Markfield Institute of Higher Education, Leicester

Introduction

Christian Troll was present in the Selly Oak Colleges in May 1975 when the original
consultation with leading Christians and Muslims took place that formulated the vision and launched the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. By this time, he had completed his theological studies in Germany, his Arabic studies in Lebanon, his Persian and Urdu studies in London, and was completing his doctoral work on Sayyid Ahmad Khan. In 1976 he left for Delhi, where he taught at the Vidyajyoti Institute until his return to Selly Oak in 1988. During his five years at the Centre, in addition to supervising research, editing the Centre journal Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations that he began, consultations and occasional lectures, his principal teaching responsibility was the MA core course on the Historical Development of Islamic Religious Thought. When the MA was first developed in conjunction with the University of Birmingham, whose degree it was, the schema was to mirror a Master’s degree in Christian theology, with one paper on scriptural material, one on systematic theology, an optional paper and a dissertation. The Troll course, which was first taught by the Centre’s founder David Kerr, was the Islamic equivalent of a paper on systematic theology…

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A Journey into Understanding Islam

For much of the last dozen years, I have been running courses, writing and
talking to people to help them to understand Islam and Christian-Muslim
relations. For six years in Birmingham (1999-2005), when I was the Adviser
on Inter-Faith Relations to the Bishop of Birmingham, my focus widened to
include practical and structural relations between all the major faiths in that
great cosmopolitan city. For the last five years (2006-2010), I worked in
London with a narrower focus – precisely to develop adult popular education in
understanding Islam for Christians and others, understanding Christianity for
Muslims, Christian-Muslim relations in history and today, and exploring the
multi-faceted world of Muslims and the West. This work was generously
funded by a syndicate of four charitable bodies, both Muslim and Christian, of
which the St Ethelburga Centre for Reconciliation and Peace was one, and so I
was known as the St Ethelburga Fellow in Christian-Muslim Relations. But the
story does not begin there!

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