Building Bridges

This initiative so called after the Christian-Muslim seminar of the same name held at Lambeth Palace , 17-18 January 2002.

The then Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Reverend and Rt Hon. George Carey was an instigator together with His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan and The Rt Hon. Tony Blair, The Prime Minister.

Five pairs of scholars (each consisting of one Muslim and one Christian) presented a pair of papers.

In the first four sessions each paper was followed by a prepared response from the scholar of the other faith to the presenter. After the fifth pair participants split into small groups to consider ways of carrying the dialogue forward. Subsequent meetings have focused on a particular theme.

Some of the papers presented have been published in book form. A full list of the publications is available here

Communicating the Word: Revelation, Translation, and Interpretation in Christianity and Islam

Communicating The WordDavid Marshall, Editor
Afterword by Archbishop Rowan Williams

Communicating the Word is a record of the 2008 Building Bridges seminar, an annual dialogue between leading Christian and Muslim scholars convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Featuring the insights of internationally known Christian and Muslim scholars, the essays collected here focus attention on key scriptural texts but also engage with both classical and contemporary Islamic and Christian thought. Issues addressed include, among others, the different ways in which Christians and Muslims think of their scriptures as the "Word of God," the possibilities and challenges of translating scripture, and the methods—and conflicts—involved in interpreting scripture in the past and today.

Singapore Winter 2007 theme: Humanity in Context

HumanityMichael Ipgrave and David Marshall, Editors
Afterword by Archbishop Rowan Williams

Humanity: Texts and Contexts is a record of the 2007 Singapore "Building Bridges" seminar, an annual dialogue between Muslim and Christian scholars cosponsored by Georgetown University and the Archbishop of Canterbury. This volume explores three central questions: What does it mean to be human? What is the significance of the diversity that is evident among human beings? And what are the challenges that humans face living within the natural world?

Georgetown, USA, Spring 2006 theme: Justice and Rights: Christian and Muslim Perspectives

Justice And Rights Michael Ipgrave, Editor
Georgetown University Press

Justice and Rights is a record of the fifth "Building Bridges" seminar held in Washington, DC in 2006 (an annual symposium on Muslim-Christian relations cosponsored by Georgetown University and the Church of England). This volume examines justice and rights from Christian and Muslim perspectives—a topic of immense relevance for both faiths in the modern world, but also with deep roots in the core texts of both traditions. 

Sarajevo, Spring 2005 theme: Citizenship and the Common Good

Building A Better BridgeA record of the fourth "Building Bridges" seminar held in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, May 15-18, 2005, an annual symposium on Muslim-Christian relations cosponsored by the president's office of Georgetown University and the Archbishop's Office of the Church of England. 

Georgetown, USA, Spring 2004 theme: Bearing the Word: Prophecy in the Biblical And Qu'ranic Perspective

BearingthewordProphecy in Biblical and Qur’anic Perspective
By: Michael Ipgrave (Editor)
ISBN 0 7151 40507 Paperback 176pp £12.99 Church House Publishing

In March 2004, Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury convened a group of 30 Muslim and Christian scholars for three days of theological dialogue on the issue of prophecy.

Bearing the Word provides a record of this three day seminar. The discussions, papers presented and reflections by the thirty Christian and Muslim scholars who attended the seminar are included.

Doha, Qatar, Spring 2003 theme: Scriptures in Dialogue: Christians and Muslims studying the Bible and the Qur'an together

Scripturesindialogue A successor volume to The Road Ahead
Edited by Michael Ipgrave
ISBN 07151 4012 4 Church House Publishing £12.95

In April 2003, Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, convened a group of twenty-five leading Christian and Muslim scholars for three days of theological dialogue. Scriptures in Dialogue presents a record of this seminar, held in Dohar at the invitation of the Amir of Qatar.

Lambeth Palace, January 2002, theme: The Road Ahead: a Christian-Muslim Dialogue

Road Ahead ISBN 0 7151 5002 2 £9.95 Church House Publishing

In January 2002 forty scholars of both Muslim and Christian faiths gathered at Lambeth Palace, London, England for a two-day international seminar, entitled "Building Bridges: Overcoming Obstacles in Christian-Muslim relations." The event was hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, supported by the English Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and had the co-operation of Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, all of who contribute introductions to the seminar.