Oxford OX1 2JD, United Kingdom
In 1975 Hugh Goddard received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oxford University.
Birmingham B15 2TT, United Kingdom
In 1981 Hugh Goddard obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Birmingham.
(One of the most persistent problems in Christian-Muslim r...)
One of the most persistent problems in Christian-Muslim relations over the centuries has been the tendency by each to judge the other by standards and criteria not used in assessing itself. Goddard argues that such is no longer admissible and proceeds to offer a number of useful insights.
(The relationship between the Christian and Muslim worlds ...)
The relationship between the Christian and Muslim worlds has been a long and tortuous one. Over the course of the centuries the balance of power has swung in pendulum fashion―at times the initiative seems to have lain with the Muslim community, with the Christian world simply being compelled to react to developments outside itself, while at other points the opposite has been true and Muslims have found themselves having to respond to Christian challenges in different forms. Today Christians and Muslims comprise the world's two largest religious communities. Although they can coexist fairly peacefully, at times they still engage in violent confrontation, such as in the recent conflicts in Bosnia and the Sudan. This book investigates the history of the relationships between Christians and Muslims over the centuries, from their initial encounters in the medieval period, when the Muslims were the dominant group, through to the modern period, when the balance of power seems to have been reversed. This much-needed overview of the Christian-Muslim encounter places the emphasis on the context within which perceptions and attitudes were worked out and provides a depth of historical insight to the complexities of current Christian-Muslim interactions on different continents.
In 1975 Hugh Goddard received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oxford University. Then in 1981, he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Birmingham.
From 1981 to 1984 Hugh Goddard was a lecturer in Islamic studies at the College of St. Paul and St. Mary (now University of Gloucestershire) in Gloucestershire, England. In 1984 he was appointed a lecturer in Islamic theology at the University of Nottingham. From 1990 to 1994 Goddard worked as a secretary of Nottingham Christian-Muslim Forum.
Prior to moving to Edinburgh, he worked in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham, where he served as Professor of Christian-Muslim Relations from 2004. He has worked and studied in the Middle East, in Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt, and has also undertaken a number of research visits to other regions of the Islamic World, including Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Central Asia.
He is the author of Christians and Muslims: From Double Standards to Mutual Understanding (1995), Muslim Perceptions of Christianity (1996), and A History of Christian-Muslim Relations (2000), as well as many articles on different aspects of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations.
(One of the most persistent problems in Christian-Muslim r...)1995
(The relationship between the Christian and Muslim worlds ...)2000
Quotations: "Given that relations between the world’s two largest religious communities, the Christian and the Muslim, have often been hostile over the course of the centuries, I write to help readers understand the reasons for this antagonism, and to help promote better mutual understanding between Christians and Muslims, in the hope that the relationship between the two communities may be better in future."
Hugh Goddard is a member of the British Association for the Study of Religion, the British Society for Middle-East Studies, the Middle-East Studies Association of North America, the American Academy of Religion.
Hugh Goddard is married. His wife’s name is Jane. They have a daughter, Bethany.