On Thursday 15th December 2016, Al-Mahdi Institute held a Research seminar on the topic of; “The Second Vatican Council and the New Catholic Theology of Islam” conducted by Professor Timothy Winter/ Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad from University of Cambridge. The seminar was attended by AMI students, faculty and interested members of the public.
His seminar focused on the Muslim response to Vatican II, the largest change in Christian doctrinal history in centuries, primarily from the voice of Gavin D’Costa in his book ”Vatican II, Catholic Doctrines on Jews and Muslims”. The book investigates ways in which the Catholic Church’s revised its teachings on Islam and all non-Christian religions and illuminates the future of inter-religious relations with regards to the churches attitude to world religions. Professor Timothy Winter engaged participants in a dialectical analysis of D’Costas position in the book, fluctuating between Christian and Muslim responses. The seminar was highly captivating and valuable to attendees.
Professor Timothy Winter, also known as Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, is a researcher, writer and academic. He is the Dean of the Cambridge Muslim College, Director of Studies (Theology and Religious Studies) at Wolfson College and the Shaykh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Cambridge University. His work includes publications on Islamic theology and Muslim-Christian relations. In 2003 he was awarded the Pilkington Teaching Prize by Cambridge University and in 2007 he was awarded the King Abdullah I Prize for Islamic Thought for his short booklet Bombing Without Moonlight. He has consistently been included in the “500 Most Influential Muslims” list published annually by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre and was ranked in 2012 as the 50th most influential.
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