Islamic theology and theological engineering in the Nordic setting

The aim of this article is partly one of identifying and problematizing obstacles and realistic possibilities regarding the emergent field of Islamic theology in the context of Nordic universities, with special emphasis on Denmark. For the moment, a full-scale Danish Islamic theology programme desig...

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Published in:Studia theologica
Main Author: Hoffmann, Thomas Jøhnk 1970-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Taylor & Francis [2016]
In:Studia theologica
Year: 2016, Volume: 70, Issue: 2, Pages: 145-159
Online Access: Volltext (Resolving-System)
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Summary:The aim of this article is partly one of identifying and problematizing obstacles and realistic possibilities regarding the emergent field of Islamic theology in the context of Nordic universities, with special emphasis on Denmark. For the moment, a full-scale Danish Islamic theology programme designed for Muslims seems an almost herculean task for a variety of reasons, the most important of which will be identified and critically discussed. Currently, a small-scale programme is the most feasible option and, as such, it has recently been launched at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Copenhagen. The article closes with an excursus arguing that not only would Nordic Muslim communities benefit from the establishment of an Islamic theology programme at the university level, Christian university theology today would certainly also benefit if an Islamic theology study-module were to be added to the standard curriculum. In a multi-religious society, sound academic knowledge about Islam and its relationship with Christianity is indeed a desideratum for the contemporary Christian theology student.
ISSN:1502-7791
Contains:Enthalten in: Studia theologica
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/0039338X.2016.1255164