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Cambridge Interfaith Programme

Venue - Cambridge Divinity Faculty

Cambridge Interfaith Programme convenes a regular seminar on Inter-Religious Relations. The range of speakers includes visiting scholars, guests, and researchers from the Faculty of Divinity. All are welcome to attend. 

Seminars are (normally) on Tuesdays at 2:15 pm in the Lightfoot Room at the Faculty of Divinity, West Road, CB3 9DP.


The detail of upcoming seminars can be found in our event calendar. Speakers in 2024 include the composer Dániel Péter Biró, and Dr Stacey Gutkowski (Reader in Peace and Conflict Studies at King’s College London).

Some seminars are available via livestream (Zoom). Advance registration is required for online attendees, and we recommend that visitors also notify us that you plan to attend.

Please contact the convenor (Dr Giles Waller) for further information, or see specific contact details in the event listing.

Past Seminars 


Hina Khalid (University of Cambridge) | Cosmic Circuitries of Relationality: The Imperative of 'Imitatio Dei' in the Thought of Muhammad Iqbal and Rabindranath Tagore

Anastasia Badder (Cambridge) |  Continuity, change, and sharedness: constructing feelings of community through language practices in Jewish Europe

Robert D. Miller II (Catholic University of America) | One Psalm across five traditions (joint seminar at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology)

Tim Jenkins (University of Cambridge) |  ‘First Contact’: communication and its limits

John Walker (Birkbeck, University of London, and Cambridge) | Humboldt, translation, and dialogue between the peoples of the book

Delvyn Case (Wheaton College, Massachusetts) | Binding Isaac with Music: screening & discussion

Ozan Zakariya Keskinkiliç (Humboldt University Berlin) | Fear, Shame and Anger: How it feels for Muslims in Germany to be made a Problem 

Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya (Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London) | Portuguese intercultural interactions in Asia

Daniel Weiss (University of Cambridge) | Early Rabbinic Judaism’s non-rejection of Logos theology


Marie Chabbert (University of Cambridge) | Contemporary French Thought and the Definition of Religion

Esra Özyürek (University of Cambridge) | Shouldering Guilt, Cultivating Empathy: Holocaust memory in Muslim belonging in Germany

Vanessa Paloma Elbaz (University of Cambridge) | Land, Voice, Nation: The performance of Jewish-Muslim encounters through music in Morocco

Naomi Richman (University of Cambridge) | Seminar: Gender, power and submission in Nigerian Pentecostalism

Aslı Iğsız (New York University) | Neo-Ottomanism: From an imperial model for co-existence to a call for Muslim internationalism


Glen Milstein (CUNY) | The utility of the ineffable: Lifespan development and public mental health applications of religion

Michael Stausberg (University of Bergen) | Mumbai taxis as spaces of religious encounter

Derviş Hızarcı (Alfred Landecker Foundation, Berlin) | Jewish-Muslim Alliances Combating Antisemitism and Islamophobia

Judith Frishman (Leiden University) | Rabbi Dr Samuel Hirsch's Judaism: between particularism and universalism

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