Prof Hugh Goddard, Professor Emeritus, University of Edinburgh
The first two decades of the twenty-first century have already seen a number of significant developments in Christian-Muslim Relations around the world, whether in the strictly theological sense or in the broader cultural and political senses. Some of these are more positive (e.g. the 'Dialogue of Civilizations' initiative, the 'Building Bridges' seminars, the establishment of the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies, or the setting up of the United Nations Inter-Faith Harmony Week), while others are more negative (e.g. the events of 11th September 2001, the Danish Cartoons controversy, Pope Benedict's Regensburg Lecture, or the assassination of Sahbhaz Bhatti), This lecture will attempt to assess the balance between the more positive and the more negative, against the background of the fourteen century long relationship between the two traditions.