Encounter of the HEST programme’s cluster on Christian Muslim relations. Innsbruck



On October 22nd and 23rd the cluster on Christian-Muslim dialogue of the HEST programme held an encounter in Innsbruck on “Studying, Teaching and Encountering Islam in Ignatian Contexts”. The meeting gathered a group of 18 scholars working on Islamic-Christian dialogue coming from Sankt Georgen (Frankfurt), Deusto University, Comillas University, Université Saint Joseph (Beirut), Facultad de Teología de Granada, Saint Thomas Institute (Moscow), Collegium Bobolanum Warsaw, PISAI (Rome), Universidad Loyola Andalucía and Innsbruck Faculty of Theology. There was also a Jesuit from the German Province working directly with Muslim migrants in the social apostolate. The meeting was coordinated by Michaela Quast-Neulinger (Innsbruck Faculty of Theology), Tobias Specker SJ (Sankt Georgen) and Gonzalo Villagrán SJ (Granada Faculty of Theology)

The meeting began with a talk by Philip Endean SJ on Ignatian spirituality and its historical contact with Islam. This talk was responded by the Muslim Scholar Adnane Mokrani. In the afternoon, Felix Körner SJ, from the Gregorian Univeristy, gave a lecture on Ignatian criteria for dialogue with Islam. At the end of each session, Teresa Peter, a professor of practical theology in Innsbruck working on interreligious dialogue gave us an echo of the advancement of the group. The second day we shared the different projects and initiatives we are carrying out in each institution and we took some time to reflect together on how to continue the development of the group.

At the end of the meeting we could feel a general impression of satisfaction for the quality of the reflection and the deep links that are being built among the members of the cluster. After finishing our meeting we could feel how we are giving important steps in the direction of a stronger and more effective networking in the field of the intellectual apostolate and of dialogue with Islam at the service of the mission.

Gonzalo Villagrán



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