Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

Tuesdays, 4:10pm, in the Martin Hall and Online unless otherwise stated

All welcome, for Zoom log-in information, please contact Dr Salam Rassi:

Semester 2 – Spring 2024

Date Speakers Event / topic 

30 January

Professor Nahyan Fancy (University of Exeter)

"The Brain Never Shuts Down’: Sleep Theory and Practices in Premodern Islamic Societies"

20 February

Professor Andrew Peacock (University of St Andrews)

Translating the Bible in Mongol Tabriz: Persian manuscripts, Syriac Translators and European Patronage.


This talk will take place during Flexible Learning Week

5 March

Professor Emily Selove (University of Exeter)

Book Talk: The Donkey King: Asinine Symbology in Ancient and Medieval Magic

19 March


Online Only

Dr Sofia Rehman (independent scholar)

Book Talk: Gendering the Hadith Tradition: Recentring the Authority of Aisha, Mother of the Believers

2 April

Speakers TBA

PhD Student Panel in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

Semester 1 – Autumn 2023

Date Speakers Event / topic 

26 September

No Seminar due to National Strike Action


10 October

Professor Katrina D. Thompson (Evjue-Bascom Professor of the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)

Online Book Launch

Muslims on the Margins: Creating Queer Religious Community in North America (New York University Press, 2023)

*Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations seminar jointly held with New College Pride

24 October

Dr Jeremy Dell (Lecturer in African History, University of Edinburgh)

“E.W. Blyden, Race, and the Idea of “Islam in Africa”: Ruminations of a Black Protestant Missionary

Thursday 26 October


Responding: Dr Joshua Ralston (Reader in Christian-Muslim Relations,  University of Edinburgh)

Online Panel Discussion

*Streamed from the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI) in Rome

Monday 6 November

Professor Ayesha S. Chaudhry (Professor of Islamic Studies and Gender  Studies, University of British Columbia, Canada)

“A Lyric Biography of Aisha, Mother of the Believers”

14 November Dr Zahra Ayubi (Associate Professor of Religion, Dartmouth College, USA)

Gunning Lecture

“Gender, Authority, and Epistemology in Islamic  Medical Ethics”

*Jointly held with Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations; Science and Religion; & Theology and Ethics