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Love, A Common Word, and Christian-Muslim Relations - Lecture by His Excell...
Mon 22 May 2017, 17:00 – 18:30 BST
The public is invited to a special lecture by His Excellency Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, a world leader in interfaith dialogue between Muslims and Christians, at the University of Edinburgh on May 22.
Prince Ghazi of Jordan will discuss the ongoing implications of ‘A Common Word’ (2007), a foundational text in the study of Christian-Muslim relations today, in a lecture titled, ‘‘Between us and you’: Reflections on love as the ‘Common Word’ in Christian-Muslim relations.’ Prof Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, will chair the lecture, and Dr Joshua Ralston, Lecturer in Christian-Muslim Relations, will provide the response. The Global Network of Christian-Muslim Studies at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh will host this lecture with generous support from the Luce Foundation.
With the ‘A Common Word’ initiative reaching its 10-year milestone this year, Prince Ghazi will explore the value of Christian-Muslim dialogue in a time of rising tensions due to religious terrorism, a changing religious discourse in the face of record international migration, and heightened sensitivity to extremism around the world.
Prince Ghazi was a leading force in the creation of ‘A Common Word,’ which challenges Christians and Muslims to improve their interfaith dialogue based on the shared commandment to love God and neighbor. The document enabled the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to sponsor United Nations Interfaith Harmony Week, a global initiative designed to organize believers worldwide for whom religion is a force for peace and understanding.
Prince Ghazi will speak from his own context in Jordan, where Arab Christian communities have lived alongside a Muslim majority for over 1,000 years and hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict in neighbor-states have been welcomed. As a political and religious leader in the Arab world, Prince Ghazi draws on his experience as a bridge-builder within Christian-Muslim relations worldwide. A leader in interfaith relations, his recent works include, ‘What is Islam, and Why?’ (2013) and ‘Love in the Holy Qur’an’ (2011).
Prince Ghazi is the Personal Envoy and Special Advisor for Religious and Cultural Affairs to H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought.
The public is invited to join The Global Network of Christian-Muslim Studies for a drinks reception directly following the lecture.
This is a free public event, to which all are welcome.