Working to improve mutual understanding between the Middle East and the West


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A week-long course at the Centre of Christian-Muslim Understanding & Partnership.

Driven by the need to deepen knowledge of Islam and its place in the modern world, this week-long course was designed to help its students make sense of the Islamic tradition and its schools, offering them a well-rounded idea of classical and modern Islam.

This intensive course was offered in English in December (11-16 Dec 2022) and taught by Dr Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour, a lecturer of Islamic theology and comparative religion at Al-Azhar University, Cairo, and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of York.

The course had a limited number of students to enable fruitful discussions and make visits to cultural and religious sites enjoyable.

The course was held at the Centre of Christian-Muslim Understanding & Partnership in Cairo, and focused on the following six dimensions of the Islamic tradition:

1. Theological teachings
2. Acts of worship
3. Spiritual experience of the divine 4. Islamic ethical theory
5. Social and institutional aspects 6. Physical manifestation of faith

This course was a joint initiative of the Centre of Christian- Muslim Understanding & Partnership and GINGKO (a charity founded to improve mutual understanding between the MENA region and the West). Each student is asked to make a donation of 1200 L.E. to the Centre for their participation in the course. There were a limited number of places available free of charge for those unable to afford the donation.

Dr Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour