Christian-Muslim Relations (FutureLearn)

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Christian-Muslim Relations (FutureLearn)
Uncover important themes in the history of Christian-Muslim relations and understand the politics that continue to shape it. Gain an insight into the academic study of Christian-Muslim Relations. On this innovative four-week course, you’ll be introduced to the academic study of Christian-Muslim Relations with the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh.

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You’ll explore some of its key historical moments, compare the teachings of both the Bible and the Qur’an, will learn about the everlasting theological debates that concern the study, and will also decipher how politics and societies have been directly impacted by Christian-Muslim relations.


Explore the key theological debates between Christians and Muslims

You’ll gain insight into the major events and movements which have shaped the encounters between Christians and Muslims, from the rise of Islam (610-632CE) to the present day.

You’ll then identify key areas of theological and religious commonality, and will discover what has caused disagreements and debates between Christians and Muslims throughout history.


Unpack the political and ideological contexts that have shaped Christian-Muslim relations

You’ll evaluate the role of religion and Christian-Muslim relations in different social and political contexts all around the globe, and will understand the main ideas and practices of both Christian and Muslim communities, and how social contexts can impact inter-religious encounters.

Finally, you’ll develop an understanding of the roles that inter-religious dialogue and polemics (or contentious rhetorics) function in the formation of religions.


Learn from educators at The School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh

The School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh has played a pioneering role in Islam and the study of Christian-Muslim relations. In fact, they’re the only university in the UK with this distinctively comparative focus on Islam and Christianity.


What topics will you cover?

- History: Highlighting salient themes in the history of Christian-Muslim relations

- Scripture: Comparing the roles and narratives of the Bible and the Qur’an, particularly as they relate to Christian-Muslim relations

- Theology: Exploring some of the key theological debates between both communities, including polemical and irenic exchanges

- Politics: Unpacking the broader political and ideological contexts that have shaped (and that continue to reshape) Christian and Muslim encounters


What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

- Identify the major events and movements which shaped the encounters between Christians and Muslims from the rise of Islam to the present day.

- Interpret key areas of theological and religious commonality and disagreements between Christians and Muslims.

- Evaluate the role of religion and Christian-Muslim relations in different social and political contexts across the globe.

- Develop an understanding of how inter-religious dialogue and polemics function in the formation of religions.


Who is the course for?

This course is for those interested in learning more about the two largest religions in the world. This can include the general public and prospective postgraduate students for the newly developed taught Masters in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at the University of Edinburgh.

It’s also suited to religious leaders, in both Christian and Muslim communities, that wish to learn more about the other tradition and the history of inter-religious encounters.



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