Research Briefings and Links to Further Articles
You can download the PDF for each issue of our periodical publication, Research Briefings, on this page. Each issue contains 3 short articles on a theme in Muslim-Christian studies and a review of a relevant book.
Research Briefings from CMCS
THEOLOGY OF RELIGIONS
From St Augustine to Boko Haram, how other religions are to be understood is a crucial question for our relationships with one another. So, this issue of Research Briefings focuses on the theology of religions and explores how Christians and Muslims see one another. Is truth exclusive or relative? Who will be “saved” in the next life? Do we worship the same God? These and other theological questions have a profound impact on attitudes and actions – for good or ill.
WORDS, WORKS & WONDERS
Words, works & wonders or signs are significant in both the Muslim and Christian traditions in different ways. Words are found in texts – not just holy texts but also in archives such as those at CMCS. This edition also considers the work of Christians living amongst Muslims in the Middle East both historically and today. Finally, it explores the idea of the Word of God as being a sign – and a wonder – to humankind.
LIVING TOGETHER: THE IMPLICATIONS OF MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS SHARING TERRITORY
A look at what happens when Muslims and Christians share territory in various contexts: Ethiopia, C19th Damascus, the work place and prison.
THINKING AFTER NEWBIGIN: FAITH RESPONSES TO RELATIVISM AND PLURALISM IN A SECULAR WORLD
Our eighth edition of the CMCS Research Briefings is dedicated to the work of Bishop Lesslie Newbigin and features four papers presented at a symposium held at Regent’s Park College, Oxford, in November 2016, jointly sponsored by CMCS and the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture.
LEARNING TOGETHER IN A COMPLEX WORLD
This term the CMCS Research Briefings showcases some of the ways in which the centre works and particularly highlights the research of two of our former scholarship holders as well as the monthly Qur'an & Bible reading group.
WHAT IS THE 'GOSPEL' MENTIONED IN THE QUR'AN?
This term the CMCS Research Briefing takes the form of an occasional paper presented by our Academic Director, Dr Martin Whittingham, to a largely Muslim audience at a conference held in Ankara, Turkey, in May 2014 entitled Rethinking the Qur’an: Qur’anic concepts.
APPROACHES TO MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN STUDIES
To fully explore the field of Muslim-Christian studies a breadth of skill and knowledge is required. This edition showcases the wide range of interdisciplinary research that is taking place at the centre.
MUSLIM CHRISTIAN RELATIONS IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
This issues covers perspectives on Muslim-Christian relations from different disciplines, contexts and eras, using the past to help illuminate and inform our future.
ETHICS & THE LAW: MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN ENCOUNTERS
This edition was compiled against the tragic background of events in Paris during January 2015 as hostages, police and terrorists died in acts of extreme callousness, highlighting the urgent need to understand the relationship between religion, law and ethics.
MUSLIM VIEWS OF THE BIBLE: PAST AND PRESENT
This edition presents three articles and a book review on the theme of 'Muslim Views of the Bible: Past and Present'. The articles contained in the Briefing are edited versions of longer papers given at a CMCS symposium on the same theme in December 2013.
INTER-FAITH DIALOGUE: INSTITUTIONAL AND GRASSROOTS APPROACHES
This edition presents three articles on the theme of contemporary inter-faith dialogue questioning motivations, objectives and impact.