Christian-Muslim Relations
The University of Edinburgh
  • Start Date: 04 Oct, 2021
  • 4 weeks
  • Study Content: Videos

Uncover important themes in the history of Christian-Muslim relations and understand the politics that continue to shape it.

Course Fee: Free
Certificate Cost: See Fees and Eligibility


Introduction Video

Course Description

This course is made available through the eLearnAfrica and FutureLearn partnership.

Gain an insight into the academic study of Christian-Muslim Relations

On this innovative four-week course, you’ll be introduced to the academic study of Christian-Muslim Relations with the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh.

You’ll explore some of its key historical moments, compare the teachings of both the Bible and the Qur’an, will learn about the everlasting theological debates that concern the study, and will also decipher how politics and societies have been directly impacted by Christian-Muslim relations.

Explore the key theological debates between Christians and Muslims

You’ll gain insight into the major events and movements which have shaped the encounters between Christians and Muslims, from the rise of Islam (610-632CE) to the present day.

You’ll then identify key areas of theological and religious commonality, and will discover what has caused disagreements and debates between Christians and Muslims throughout history.

Unpack the political and ideological contexts that have shaped Christian-Muslim relations

You’ll evaluate the role of religion and Christian-Muslim relations in different social and political contexts all around the globe, and will understand the main ideas and practices of both Christian and Muslim communities, and how social contexts can impact inter-religious encounters.

Finally, you’ll develop an understanding of the roles that inter-religious dialogue and polemics (or contentious rhetorics) function in the formation of religions.

Learn from educators at The School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh

The School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh has played a pioneering role in Islam and the study of Christian-Muslim relations. In fact, they’re the only university in the UK with this distinctively comparative focus on Islam and Christianity.

This course is for those interested in learning more about the two largest religions in the world. This can include the general public and prospective postgraduate students for the newly developed taught Masters in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at the University of Edinburgh.

It’s also suited to religious leaders, in both Christian and Muslim communities, who wish to learn more about the other tradition and the history of inter-religious encounters.

Certificate cost may vary. You will be redirected to the host page for cost and payment options.

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh has been influencing the world since 1583.

Consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 50 universities, the University of Edinburgh is globally recognised for its research, development and high-quality teaching, attracting some of the world’s leading thinkers to work and study there.

Today, the University continues in a spirit of innovation, with world-leading researchers educating the pioneers of tomorrow.


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