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Christian Muslim Encounters

Christian-Muslim Encounters creates safe spaces for dialogue and conversations between communities and aims to shape dialogue through academia. 


Lancashire, a traditionally Christian county is becoming increasingly multi-cultural and multi-faith in its population. Particularly the presence of Muslim community is growing. According to 2011 census, 6.6% of the population is Muslim (Blackburn 27%, Pendle 17% Burnley 10%, Hyndburn 12%, Preston 12%).


In this background there has been growing tensions between Christian and Muslim communities. Far right activism is becoming increasingly anti-Muslim whilst distorting Christianity and anti-Christian rhetoric by some extremist Muslims furthers the fear of the perceived “other”. Moreover ‘Dawah’ and ‘Evangelism’ often causes an increase in polemical discourse.

Christian-Muslim dialogue is frowned upon by many interfaith activists as they deem it to be insincere and exclude other faiths. In this context the importance of Christian-Muslim dialogue (non-academic) which will lead towards better relations at community level is identified by various religious organisations in Lancashire, particularly, the diocese of Blackburn (Church of England) and Global Village (a Muslim community organisation).



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