On the 9th March 2015, the Al-Mahdi Institute hosted a group of Christian ministers in training from the Queens Foundation of Ecumenical Theological Studies to read and discuss pre-selected passages from Muslim and Christian Scriptures as part of a collaborative module on ‘Christian and Muslim approaches to the Common Good.’ The group were joined by AMI Hawza students who also participated in the discussion.
The open and safe space for scriptural reasoning allowed for vibrant discussions and shared learning identifying many areas of resonance and shared heritage without participants feeling the need to shy away from any differences that emerged from the two traditions. Participants were unanimous in their thanks for each others openness, greatly valuing the deep probing into each others reading of their respective texts and how they related to themes of the common good.
Supervised by Revd. Dr Richard Sudworth Queens Foundation of Ecumenical Theological Studies and AMI’s Dr Ali-reza Bhojani, the passages discussed were; verse 28:77 of Surah Qasas in the holy Qur’an and a portion of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib’s letter of instruction to his governor; Malik al-Ashtar.
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