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Christians, Muslims and the Law

Christians, Muslims and the Law - 20 September 2018, Manchester

Christians, Muslims and the Law

A workshop on the topic of ‘Christians, Muslims and the Law in Britain’.

Thursday, 20 September 2018 from 9:30am to 5:00pm

Nazarene Theological College, Manchester, M20 2GU

N.B. Event registration is by invitation only, so you will need to contact CMPL via the EventBrite page to attend.



Professor Julian Rivers, Professor of Jurisprudence at the School of Law, University of Bristol, is a confirmed speaker. Julian, a confessing Christian and engaging speaker, specialises in legal and constitutional theory, with a particular interest in the interplay between law and religion. His extensive writings include contributions on criminal law, constitutional law, legal theory, international law, citizenship and the moral authority of Scripture.

Additional speakers with differing perspectives are being invited, and the speakers may include a Muslim.

We anticipate speakers and attendees will bring a range of Christian perspectives, reflecting the diversity and differing opinions within the Christian community. Questions and facilitated group discussion are an integral part of the day to enable Christians to process these responses.



Tickets are £10.00 each, by invitation only, and available on a first-come first-served basis. Payment will be collected at the Workshop, on entry.



Tea/coffee will be provided but attendees are requested to bring their own lunch.

This event follows the successful first workshop on this topic in London in March, where the speakers were Baroness Caroline Cox (House of Lords, HART), David Hodson (International Family Law) and Harry Benson (Marriage Foundation). The first part of the day considered Christian responses to the Home Office report on shari'a councils in the UK (authored by Mona Siddiqui) and the afternoon looked at marriage law and family life. The recordings, response papers and links to helpful resources can all be found at

It is not essential to have attended the first workshop. However, we recommend that you review the materials on the website as, at this second workshop, we will be picking up different aspects of this topic, and endeavouring to build on some of the thinking emerging from the first workshop.

A later stage will open up the Christian responses to Muslim response, in which we hope to draw Muslims into the conversation and join in existing conversations such as those at the Christian-Muslim Forum.



CMPL outputs, developed during the workshops and subsequent discussions, are intended for the following audiences:

  • Christians specialists, practitioners, academics, church leaders and interested church members who want to grapple with the complexity and diversity of Christian and Muslim responses to issues of national importance, including those from minority communities
  • Muslims – Muslims who are concerned about the issues and who want to understand Christian responses
  • Policy makers – those in public life who want to seriously engage with faith thinking on key issues
  • Media – journalists interested in understanding the diversity of thinking within Christian and Muslim communities
Later Event: 13 October
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