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Christian-Muslim Encounters

Project: Research


England, a traditionally Christian country is becoming increasingly multi-cultural and multi-faith in its population. Particularly the presence of Muslim community is growing. In this background there has been growing tensions between Christian and Muslim communities. Far right activism is becoming increasingly anti-Muslim whilst distorting Christianity and anti-Christian rhetoric by some extremist Muslims furthers the fear of the perceived “other”. Moreover ‘Dawah’ and ‘Evangelism’ often causes an increase in polemical discourse. Many interfaith activists frown upon Christian-Muslim dialogue as they deem it to be insincere and exclude other faiths. In this context the importance of Christian-Muslim dialogue (non-academic), which will lead towards better relations at community level, is identified by various religious organisations including the Church of England and Global Village (a Muslim community organisation). This on-going project since its foundation in 2014 has brought together non mainstream academics, researchers, community leaders and activists in the North West of England to share in learning and training in view of developing a foundational programme for both communities, which promotes better Christian-Muslim understanding, relations and dialogue.
Effective start/end date1/12/1331/07/14