Date: 7th March 2016
Where: Mevlana Rumi Mosque, 337 Fore Street, Edmonton, London N9 0NU
Questions to be explored
- What does the Qur’an say about dialogue?
- Which verses command dialogue with non-Muslims generally?
- How should we understand the Qur’anic verses which seem to warn against trusting Jews and Christians?
- How should we understand the verses in the Qur’an which command war against unbelievers, such as “Kill them wherever you encounter them” (Al-Baqara, 2:191)?
- Is the legal maxim pacta sunt servanda (agreements must be kept) binding in relations with non-Muslims?
- ‘And fight them until there is no more persecution (fitna)….’ (al-Baqara, 2:193). Does this verse not see unbelief as a cause of war?
- From a Qur’anic perspective, is relationship with non-Muslims normally based on war or peace?
- Do the verses on war in the Qur’an abrogate the verses on peace?
What is it
A four-session course exploring the theological and historical justification for dialogue in Islam.
Accessible to Muslims and non-Muslims, the course content is interactive and follows a question and answer format ensuring a lively and to-the-point
The course demonstrates the case for interfaith and intercultural dialogue in Islam through reference to scripture, Sunnah and Islamic interpretive
methodology. It directly address elements of Islamic sources and traditional interpretation which are sometimes taken as contradicting the case for
dialogue and even exploited by violent extremists.