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Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme

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Cambridge Interfaith Programme was founded in 2002. Early events included a gathering of Jewish, Christian and Muslim scholars in Cambridge that summer.

As we enter our 21st year, Professor Esra Özyürek (Sultan Qaboos Professor of Abrahamic Faiths and Shared Values and CIP’s Academic Director) and colleagues invite past, present and future stakeholders to join us in Cambridge to celebrate our collective achievements and learn more about current work.

The programme reflects CIP’s core commitments:

  • Advancing academic research and interaction in the fields of anthropology and theology at the University of Cambridge, with a special focus on religion and inter-religious relations
  • Reaching outside the University, to share and develop our work in partnership with communities of faith and to the benefit of society, a commitment now embodied by CIP’s Religion and Global Challenges Initiative
  • Promoting deep and informed conversation within and between the three Abrahamic faiths, and with persons of all faiths and none

Events are free to attend (with the exception of the anniversary dinner). Capacity is limited and we are asking people to reserve places in advance to facilitate arrangements. Free places can be booked via Eventbrite. 

We ask those who wish to join the team for the social dinner to book (and pay your chosen rate) via the University's online store. The CIP Management Committee have chosen to offer a subsidised standard rate, though it is also possible to pay full rate and cover the full cost independently should you prefer.


Items marked with an asterisk (*) will be livestreamed. Those who wish to join the online audience should select that option when registering via Eventbrite.

Monday 5 September

11:00am  Anthropologists in trialogue*

Dr Tim Jenkins (Cambridge), and Dr Michal Kravel-Tovi (Tel Aviv) join Professor Esra Özyürek to discuss the contribution of anthropology to the study of relations between & beyond the Abrahamic faiths.

2:00pm Scriptural Reasoning

Coordinated by Sultan Qaboos Research Associate, Dr Giles Waller.
On site participants only. 

4:30pm Managing interfaith relations*

Panel discussion with Rev Dr Catriona Laing (Anglican Chaplain in Leuven, Belgium and a former CIP Project Manager), Miriam Lorie (former CIP Public Education Manager and rabbi-in-training), and Nadiya Takolia (Scriptural Reasoning Coordinator, Rose Castle Foundation—and formerly for CIP). Chaired by CIP Programme Manager, Dr Iona Hine.

6:00pm Anniversary reception

With a welcome from Professor Esra Özyürek, and a few words from Founding Director Professor David Ford. 
Hosted at Selwyn College.

7:00pm Dinner at Selwyn College

Join the CIP team and friends for a celebratory meal. 
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Tuesday 6 September

10:00am  Meet the team*

A chance to quiz current CIP personnel. Questions to be submitted in advance (when registering via Eventbrite).

11:30am Between religion and theology*

Current and former academics from the Faculty of Divinity discuss the significance of Cambridge Interfaith Programme as a meeting point for different disciplines. Panellists include co-author of Cambridge Interfaith Programme’s original Academic Profile, Professor Ben Quash (King’s College London); Dr Ankur Barua (Cambridge), Acting Director of CIP in 2017–2018. 
Chaired by Professor Esra Özyürek.

Practical information

Visiting Cambridge?

Selwyn College are offering rooms to participants who live outside Cambridge. We will make further information about this available once we have finalised arrangements with Selwyn. 


Refreshments will be available mid-morning and mid-afternoon. For lunch, there is a range of local options including the buffet-style servery at Selwyn College and the Iris café at Newnham College. 

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