Democracy and Muslim-Christian Relations in the Middle East

Annual Joint Lectures 2013


Lecture 1: Building Democracy: the Challenges Ahead for Muslim-Christian Relations

Professor Tariq Ramadan, Prof. of Contemporary Islamic Studies, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford

Tariq is the HH Sheik Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford (Oriental Institute, St Antony’s College) and also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology. He is active at academic and grassroots levels lecturing extensively throughout the world on theology, ethics, social justice, ecology and interfaith as well intercultural dialogue. He is President of the European think tank: European Muslim Network (EMN) in Brussels.


Lecture 2: Democracy in Egypt -- Theory and Reality

His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom

His Grace was born in Cairo and emigrated with his family to Australia; he spent his childhood and early life there, obtained his Bachelor of Arts, in Political Science, Philosophy and Sociology, and went on to postgraduate studies in law. He returned to Egypt in 1990 to join the monastery of Saint Bishoy where he was subsequently consecrated a monk by Pope Shenouda III and served as Papal secretary to the Pope until 1995, before serving as a parish priest in the UK.