On Wednesday, May 20th, a webinar on Islam-Christian Relations was held by the Sankt Georgen Theological Faculty of Frankfurt, the University of Innsbruck, the Faculty of Theology of Granada and the Centre Sèvres in Paris. The webinar replaced a more ambitious joint study week that was to take place in Granada and was suspended due to the COVID-19.
The webinar was attended by the researches and professors interested in the subject from the three institutions, and the participants included a significant number of Muslims from different backgrounds. The webinar had two main sections: An introduction to the theoretical framework by professor Tobias Specker S.J., who reflected on the possibility of a contemporary Islamic-Christian civilization; and an overview to the problem of the presence of religions in society, which was given by Ignacio Sepulveda, from the University Loyola Andalucia. This webinar, and the study week it replaces, is part of the work of the cluster on Islam-Christian relations of the HEST project (Higher Education for Social Transformation) of the Society of Jesus in Europe.
The aim of these efforts is to create a research network on various topics of capital importance for the Society of Jesus in Europe, such as Islam-Christian dialogue. The common work among the peers of these four institutions, who are committed to research in Islamic-Christian relations, is intended to advance in a future development of a joint doctorate on this topic.