Spiro Ark and Harif have assembled prominent Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious figures' for what promises to be an unmissable debate.
Wednesday 6 February.
6.30 pm prompt
Friends' House 173 Euston Road London NW1 2BJ
Participants include Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, Sheikh Muhammad al-Hussaini and Reverend Patrick Morrow and Patrick Sookhdeo
Sheikh Dr Muhammad Al-Hussaini is Fellow in Islamic Studies at Leo Baeck College, where he teaches classical study of the Quran relevant to Jewish-Muslim relations. He is researching comparative Islamic, Rabbinic and Karaite exegesis in the Middle Ages. He is Lecturer in Abrahamic Religions at Al-Azhar College, Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, and visiting lecturer at a number of Evangelical Christian theological colleges, as well as teaching on counter-terrorism at defence institutions in the UK and overseas. He is founder and leader of a number of interfaith charities, principally concerned with the shared study by Jewish, Christian and Islamic scholars of their sacred texts in order to advance understanding and respect for religious differences. He is Secretary of the Imams and Rabbis Council of the United Kingdom, and is currently working with an international Jewish body on an academic text on antisemitism in Arabic, addressed to the Muslim world. Muhammad is also Consultant to the Christian charity, the Barnabas Fund, on the issue of the persecution of Christian minorities in Muslim countries.
Patrick Morrow is an Anglican priest, currently working as a Programme Manager with the Council of Christians and Jews. He has long had an interest in interfaith relations, since attending a weekend for Christian theologians at Leo Baeck rabbinical college, as an undergraduate. He has studied Christian theological approaches to other religions, and has an MPhil in Ecumenics and an MA in Jewish-Christian relations. As a member of the Lambeth Jewish Forum he has written on Christian mission and Jewish-Christian particularities. Patrick has studied in Germany, tries to read the Bible in Hebrew, and has even tried a couple of brief courses in Arabic.
Born in Guyana, and brought up in the UK, Patrick Sookhdeo studied theology in London, later gaining a Ph.D. from London University's School of Oriental and African Studies (Department of Languages of the Near and Middle East). He has been awarded a D.D. from Western Seminary, Oregon, USA, for work on pluralism, as well as a D.D. from Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary, Wisconsin, USA, for work on human rights and religious freedom. He was awarded the 2001 Coventry Cathedral International Prize for Peace and Reconciliation and the 1990 Templeton UK award for work in the community. In 2010 he was awarded the St Ignatius Theophorus Decoration as Commander (the highest honour of the Syrian Orthodox Church). He is currently the International Director of Barnabas Fund, serving the persecuted Church worldwide by providing practical aid. He also has a ministry of encouragement and teaching for Christian leaders in situations of oppression and persecution in contexts from the Middle East and Africa to South and South-East Asia. He is the author/editor of numerous articles and books.
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg is, the Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism UK. He is a leading writer and thinker on Judaism. He is Rabbi of the New North London Synagogue, with approximately 2400 members. He has initiated a project to create a multi-faith secondary school, launching the vision in the House of Lords. He has a strong interest in pastoral work, particularly in the care of the sick and dying. He is deeply engaged in Jewish / Christian and Jewish / Muslim interfaith dialogue. He lectures widely and writes frequently for the Jewish and interfaith press. He is the author of several books.
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