RADICAL MIDDLE WAY
A REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD’S COVENANTS WITH THE CHRISTIANS OF THE WORLD
From 20 June to 27 June, Radical Middle Way will be hosting the author of the ground-breaking book The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World, Canadian scholar Dr John Andrew Morrow.
Dr. Morrow will be visiting Cardiff, London, Cambridge, Oxford and Burnley as part of his first major visit to the United Kingdom.
The book explores the covenants that the Prophet concluded with various Christian communities of his time, which Professor Morrow has discovered in obscure monasteries, collections, and books out of print for centuries. They uniformly state that Muslims are not to attack peaceful Christian communities, rob them, stop churches from being repaired and tear down churches to build mosques.
Meticulously researched and thorough in its scope, Morrow traces a new history of tolerance and diversity that is at the very beginning of and tied to the very essence of the Prophet’s call. It is an audacious, bold, counter-intuitive and challenging work.
In the meantime check out Dr Morrow addressing Georgetown University’s Alwaleed Center for Muslim Christian Understanding: http://vimeo.com/88478224
FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2014, FROM 7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM
MY JOURNEY TO THE COVENANTS: AN EVENING WITH DR. JOHN ANDREW MORROW
WELSH MUSLIM CULTURAL ASSOCIATION
ISLAMIC RELIEF, WALES, HEAD OFFICE
Roundtable dinner hosted by Welsh Muslim converts support group. Dr. Morrow will be speaking about his journey into Islam along with his rediscovery of the Covenants of the Prophet (SAW). It will be an evening of sharing and conversation. The lecture will capture Dr. Morrow’s story, including his Native North American heritage and travels in the Muslim world. He will address issues which passionate him and expound upon why is work on the Covenants is so important to him.
SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014, FROM 12:00 TO 3:00 PM
“RADICAL APPROACH TO DA’WAH: THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD’S COVENANTS WITH CHRISTIANS AND WHAT THEY MEAN TO US TODAY”
BY DR. JOHN ANDREW MORROW
CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM
This is a workshop programme for Muslim activists and community workers. It is an opportunity to really explain the Covenants, their importance, and their authenticity. There will be a focus on the texts and what they mean practically for us. There will also be an opportunity to think if about any specific work or projects can arise out of the Covenants Initiative.
SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014, FROM 7:00 PM TO 8:30 PM (BST)
THE COVENANTS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD (S) WITH CHRISTIANS: ANCIENT TRADITIONS, CONTEMPORARY RESONANCE (WALES BOOK LAUNCH)
BY DR. JOHN ANDREW MORROW
CYAN (Welsh Muslim Activists Network) and the University Chaplaincy Services
ATRIUM, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH WALES, CARDIFF CAMPUS
UNITED KINGDOM, CF24 2FN
MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014, FROM 10:45 TO 12:30
LAUNCH OF THE COMMISSION ON RELIGION AND BELIEF IN BRITISH PUBLIC LIFE’S PUBLIC CONSULTATION DOCUMENT
HOST: WOOLF INSTITUTE
VENUE: HOUSE OF LORDS, COMMITTEE ROO 41 (CROMWELL GREEN ENTRANCE)
MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014 FROM 15:00 TO 17:00
AFTERNOON TEA AND DISCUSSION AT THE HOUSE OF LORDS
HOST: BARONESS POLA UDDIN OF BETHNAL GREEN AND DR. FUAD NADHI (RADICAL MIDDLE WAY)
CANADIAN HIGH COMMISSION
MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014, FROM 18:00 TO 20:00 (BST)
AN EVENING WITH DR. JOHN ANDREW MORROW IN CONVERSATION WITH NICK SPENCER, RESEARCH DIRECTOR AT THEOS
HOST: CANADIAN HIGH COMMISSION TO THE UK, THEOS, AND RADICAL MIDDLE WAY
41 GROSVENOR STREET
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, W1K 411
An evening with Dr. John Andrew Morrow in conversation with Nick Spencer, Research Director at Theos. Dr. Morrow will dicsuss “The Prophet Muhammad’s Covenants with the Christians of the World”, moderated by Abdul-Rehman Malik from the Radical Middle Way.
Canadian academic Dr. John Andrew Morrow has published a collection of ancient covenants between the Prophet Muhammad, the early Muslim community and Christians that guarantee respect, freedom of religion and the right to religious institutions. Morrow’s research has led to “The Covenants Initiative” a global campaign asking Muslim religious leaders to declare their agreement with the principles contained within the covenants. Morrow is the author of “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World”, “Islamic Images and Ideas: Essays on Sacred Symbolism”, and “Religion and Revolution: Spiritual and Political Islam in Ernesto Cardenal”.
Nick Spencer, Research Director for Theos is the author of several Theos reports and a number of books, including Darwin and God, Freedom and Order: History, Politics and the English Bible and most recently Atheists: The Origin of the Species. He is Visiting Research Fellow at the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Journalist and educator, Abdul-Rehman Malik is Programmes Manager for the Radical Middle Way, an organisation that gives young Muslims the inspiration and tools to enable positive social change, promote social justice and combat exclusion and violence.
For more information and to book your place please visit the eventbrite page.
TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014, FROM 10:00 TO 13:00
A REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD’S COVENANT WITH THE CHRISTIANS OF THE WORLD
A ROUNDTABLE FOR MUSLIM RELIGIOUS LEADERS
VENUE: ICCUK/LONDON CENTRAL MOSQUE
HOSTS: SHAUKAT WARRAICH (FAITH ASSOCIATES), DR. AHMED DUBYAN (DIRECTOR, ICCUK), AND FUAD NAHDI (RADICAL MIDDLE WAY)
PARTNERS: RMW, FAITH ASSOCIATES, ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTRE, UK/LONDON CENTRAL MOSQUE (REGENT’S PARK MOSQUE)
TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014, FROM 15:00 TO 17:00
WOOLRICH ONE YEAR ON: INTERFAITH RESPONSES
A ROUNDTABLE HOSTED BY THE BISHOP OF WOOLRICH, REV. DR. MICHAEL IPGRAVE AND REV. NADIM NASSAR
VENUE: AWARENESS FOUNDATION, LODGE HOUSE, 69 BEAUFORT STREET, LONDON, SW3 5AH
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014, FROM 10:00-13:00
A NEW AGENDA FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: EXPLORING THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD’S COVENANTS WITH THE CHRISTIANS OF THE WORLD–A CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM DIALOGUE
VENUE: AWARENESS FOUNDATION, LODGE HOUSE, 69 BEAUFORT STREET, LONDON, SW3 5AH
PARTNERS: AWARENESS FOUNDATION, CHRISTIAN MUSLIM FORUM, RMW WITH THE SUPPORT OF LAMBETH PALACE
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014, 16:00
TEA WITH PROFESSOR TIMOTHY WINTER, SHEIKH ZAYED CHAIR OF ISLAMIC STUDIES, FACULTY OF DIVINITY, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY, AND DEAN, CAMBRIDGE MUSLIM COLLEGE
FACULTY OF DIVINITY, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, FROM 18:00-18:30
A PROPHETIC AGENDA FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
CAMBRIDGE MUSLIM COLLEGE
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, AT 20:00
EXPLORING THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD’S COVENANTS WITH THE CHRISTIANS OF THE WORLD
VENUE: CAMBRIDGE MUSLIM COLLEGE, 14 ST. PAUL’S ROAD, CAMBRIDGE, CB1 2EZ
HOST: DR. ATIF IMTIAZ, ACADEMIC DIRECTOR
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 FROM 20:30-22:30
DINNER HOSTED BY THE CAMBRIDGE MUSLIM COMMUNITY
HOST: MUJADAD ZAMAN, PHD CANDIDATE, FACULTY OF EDUCATION
THURSDAY, JUNE 26, FROM 9:00 TO 12:30
VERSIONS OF SECULARISM–COMPARATIVE AND INTERNATIONAL LEGAL AND FOREIGN POLICY PERSPECTIVES ON INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
VENUE: ST. HUGH’S COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
PARTNER: CENTRE FOR CHRISTIANITY AND CULTURE, REGENT PARKS’S COLLEGE, OXFORD UNIVERSITY
HOST: PETER PETKOFF
THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014, FROM 18:30 TO 21:30 (BST)
THE COVENANTS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD WITH CHRISTIANS by Dr. John Morrow
BURNLEY & PENDLE FAITH CENTRE
BURNLEY, UK, BB10 1JD
Christian Muslim Encounters are excited to announce a lecture by Dr John M0rrow on “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christian world”
This event is being organised by Global Village in partnership with Lancaster University, Radical Middle Way and the Burnley & Pendle Faith Centre.
Rt. Rev’d Geoff Pearson, Bishop of Lancaster will respond and moderate the lecture.
This project is supported by the Lancaster University FASS – Enterprise Centre.
This is the only event Dr Marrow will be speaking at in the North of the country, please do not miss this great opportunity. There will be an opportunity to purchase the book during the evening and to have your book signed.
Dr John Andrew Morrow’s work on the covenants made by the Prophet Muhammad and the early community with Christian communities over whom they eventually held authority is audacious, bold, counter-intuitive and challenging.
Meticulously researched and thorough in its scope, Morrow traces a new history of tolerance and diversity that is at the very beginning of and tied to the very essence of the Prophet’s call. It will challenge Muslims, Christians and others alike. It will also beg some difficult questions:
- Why has this tradition not been better explored, discussed and noted?
- Why are many Muslims ignorant about it?
- Is it a tradition that’s disputed? Something akin to heterodox or fabricated text?
- What does it mean for us today? What impact does rediscovering the Covenants have? How does it change Muslim-Christian discourse?
Dr Morrow’s work is profiled at: www.covenantsoftheprophet.com
Bio of Dr John Andrew Morrow
John Andrew Morrow was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1971. He received his doctorate from the University of Toronto where he acquired expertise in Hispanic, Native, and Islamic Studies. He has served as a faculty member and administrator at numerous colleges and universities, the most notable of which was the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program for which he taught Spanish, English, and Religious Studies while circumnavigating the globe. Dr. Morrow had authored and edited a wide body of books in various fields. In the area of Islamic Studies, his works include: Arabic, Islam, and the Allah Lexicon: How Language Shapes our Conception of God (Edwin Mellen, 2006), the Encyclopedia of Islamic Herbal Medicine (McFarland, 2011), Religion and Revolution: Spiritual and Political Islam in Ernesto Cardenal (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), Islamic Insights: Writings and Reviews (Ansariyan, 2012) and Islamic Images and Ideas: Essays on Sacred Symbolism (McFarland, 2013), among many others. Dr Morrow is also a member of the Metis aboriginal community.
Overview: The Covenants of Prophet Muhammad to Christians The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World by Dr. John Andrew Morrow is constructed around covenants that the Prophet concluded with various Christian communities of his time, which Prof. Morrow has discovered in obscure monasteries, collections, and book out of print for centuries, in some cases newly translating them into English, as well as providing cogent arguments for their validity. They uniformly state that Muslims are not to attack peaceful Christian communities, rob them, stop churches from being repaired, tear down churches to build mosques, prevent their Christian wives from going to church and taking spiritual direction from Christian priests and elders, etc. On the contrary, the Prophet commands Muslims to actively protect these communities “until the End of the World”.
FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014