Reading the Gospels in the context of Islam
7-9 September 2020
Oxford and/or online
As part of the 'Reading the Bible in the Context of Islam' project led by Ida Glaser at the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford, a three-day conference will hear papers around the theme of interpretation of the New Testament gospels in Islamic contexts. Selected papers will be edited for publication as a volume in the ‘Routledge Reading the Bible in Islamic Context’ series.
Covid19 Restrictions: We are continuously monitoring guidelines about the Covid19 pandemic and are keeping the format of the conference under consideration. We plan to deliver the conference whether in face-to-face or online conferencing mode: in the former case, online participation will be enabled. We will keep all contributors updated.
We invite papers which explore different aspects of how the canonical gospels have been, are, and can be interpreted in Islamic contexts. Co-authored papers, for example by a Christian and a Muslim scholar, are welcome.
Themes might include:
• Muslim references to the gospels in classical literature
• How the gospels are interpreted in current Muslim-Christian dialogue and debate
• Questions relating to translation of the gospels in Muslim majority languages
• Fresh readings of the gospels ‘in conversation with’ the Qur’an and other Islamic literature
• The use of the gospels by Christian minorities in their relationships with Muslims in particular contexts
• Responses of Muslim readers to the gospels
Abstracts should be sent to Dr Georgina Jardim by June 15th 2020. Papers should be 3-5,000 words.
‘Routledge Reading the Bible in Islamic Context’ is a ground-breaking series edited by Ida Glaser and Shabbir Akhtar, the first volume of which, ‘Routledge Reading the Bible in Islamic Context: Qur’anic conversations’ rose out of a conference in September 2015. The series focusses on the interpretation of the Bible and of particular biblical books and themes either from an Islamic perspective or from the perspective of Bible readers situated in, or otherwise ‘in conversation with,’ Islamic contexts. Since the Qur’an is present in all Islamic contexts, intertextual reading between the Qur’an and the Bible is an important feature of the series.
Some agenda-setting papers
Transforming Prophethood: reading the transfiguration alongside Islamic Texts
An Islamic Commentary on Galatians: a Muslim philosopher reads Paul
Muslim views of the Bible: past and present
CMCS Oxford Research Briefing No. 2