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Grace Builds on Nature

C. T. R. Hewer

in Christian Lives Given to the Study of Islam

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780823243198
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823243235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823243198.003.0025
Grace Builds on Nature

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The Study Centre at Selly Oak was the point of entry for Hewer, coming from a background in Christian theology and education, and also the first locus of work in the field. Study there culminated in doctoral work on Fazlur Rahman; from the Centre a teacher training course with a major in Islamic studies was negotiated and the monthly survey of Muslim affairs in Britain published. The chapter ranges over many themes in Christian-Muslim relations: the importance of study together in a spirit of mutual critical respect, the dialectic of intuitive and intellective knowing, studying within a matrix of faith, appropriate pedagogies, seeing the specificity of one’s own faith in the mirror of the other, dealing with the invitation to convert, appropriate dispositions for the work, distinguishing between ideals and realities and living with the consequences at both levels, reflections on practical engagement and a focus on adult popular education on understanding Islam.

Keywords: Selly Oak; Hewer; Fazlur Rahman; Britain; Christian-Muslim

Chapter.  3413 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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