The Curse and the Promise: Religion and Violence


Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (Timothy Winter), one of the Forum’s Scholar Consultants, is speaking at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in central London on Monday 2 November at 7pm.

The Autumn Lecture Series focuses on religion and violence, reflecting upon both how faith can become the cause and perpetrator of conflict and persecution, and also the victim. But can our faith and our understanding of God also provide the promise for the healing of our nations? Looking from the perspective of the three Abrahamic Faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – St Martin’s will be inviting guest speakers to explore these themes from their own perspectives and faith traditions.

‘Christians believe they have good news for all humankind: news of love, joy, and peace. But to many secular eyes they are part of a problem – a problem of inability to cope with difference – that threatens to engulf the world in enmity and strife. Can Christians face up to the complicity in causing division? Can they share with other faith traditions in making a future that’s bigger than our shared past? And is there an elixir at the heart of Christianity, perhaps neglected, that can prove a blessing to people of all faiths and the world as a whole? These are the questions at the heart of this autumn series.’ Sam Wells

Abdal Hakim Murad, also known as Timothy John Winter, is a British Sunni Muslim shaykh, 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. In 2012 he was ranked 50th in ‘the most influential Muslims’ list published annually by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.

The full list of lecturers is as follows:

Monday 21 September: Revd Dr Sam Wells

Monday 5 October: Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain

Monday 19 October: Revd Giles Fraser

Monday 2 November: Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (Timothy Winter)

Monday 16 November: Karen Armstrong


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