FAQ and What We Mean By...
Browse below to find out how we define particular terms and answer certain questions.
Is CMCS open to Christians and Muslims from any tradition?
Yes, people from many different traditions have engaged with the work of the centre.
Can Muslims study and do research at CMCS?
Yes, we positively encourage Muslims to study here.
Why don’t you include Jews and other religions?
Every organisation has to choose its focus, and we have chosen Muslim-Christian relations. But we support the serious study of other faiths in institutions that offer such opportunities.
Can I do a study course at CMCS?
We don’t offer qualifications under our own name, as we are a study centre rather than a college. For information on our teaching, see here.
Can you supervise my PhD?
Yes, if the topic is sufficiently related to our expertise. We can act as co-supervisor alongside another supervisor from the relevant institution where a Ph.D. student is enrolled.
In addition, we can help you find a suitable supervisor in another institution. Please contact us for assistance.
Can you provide training or teaching for my church, mosque or organisation?
Yes, we offer training and teaching in settings outside academia and would be happy to talk to you about what you require. Please contact Richard McCallum if you wish to discuss this.
What do you charge?
Please see our Prices for Services list here.
What We Mean By...
The Muslim-Christian interface
Any aspect of interaction between Muslims and Christians, in particular when it has some connection to beliefs or identity. ‘Interface’ is a useful umbrella term covering relations, relationships, dialogue, intellectual exchanges, all of which are narrower in focus.
Relating to people with authenticity seeking to research or explore beliefs and ideas honestly and fairly, avoiding misrepresentation.
Careful analysis and questioning based on evidence, unafraid to pursue the implications of a position. In other words, the kind of thinking which should underlie academic work.
Research can take many forms. We mean rigorous academic research, which may lead to qualifications, project reports, published articles or books.
This covers any of our events that are designed for non-specialists with an interest in Muslim-Christian relations. It includes our public lectures, bespoke training, and our online resources.