Virgin Mary: The mother of the believers

Open Discussions

in association with

Gulf Cultural Club


and the Christian Muslim Forum


invite you to a Discussion titled:


Virgin Mary: The mother of the



Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour*

Revd Bonnie Evans-Hills**

Charlotte Dando***


From an Islamic perspective, God’s religion is one despite differences in names, terminologies or rituals. With Christmas approaching, Christians are preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. To Muslims, Jesus is one of the five greatest prophets, with Adam, Noah, Abraham and Mohammad. His mother, Virgin Mary delivered him but remained virgin. This is the view of both Muslims and Christians. Commonalities are what the world needs today to achieve harmonious relations and peaceful co-existence. Virgin Mary is a source of unification of people of religion. How can common grounds be strengthened at a time when destructive forces are at work?


Date: Wednesday, 18th December 2013

Time: 6.30pm

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, W1H 4LP


*Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour is lecturer of Islamic Studies at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London, and a visiting lecturer at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Oriental Studies. He was raised in Iran, studied at Queen Mary College London, the London School of Economics and the Allameh Tabatabai University in Tehran. He is Editor-in-Chief of Echo of Islam, a cultural and political monthly magazine, and Message of Thaqalayn, a quarterly magazine on Shiite thought and history. He holds a BA and an MA in Sociology from Allameh Tabatabai University, Tehran. He has produced a film on Mary in the Islamic tradition.


 **Rev'd Bonnie Evans-Hills is assistant curate, with MA in Pastoral Theology from Heythrop College, University of London. She has considerable experience in Muslim-Christian dialogue, focusing in particular on dialogue with Shi’a Islam following a period of three years study in Qum, Iran. She also took part in a theological exchange at al-Azhar University in Cairo for the Anglican Communion’s al-Azhar Dialogue. Bonnie is a priest, Acting Interfaith Adviser to the Bishop of Leicester and serves on the national Presence & Engagement task group mandated by General Synod to resource multi-faith parishes. Alongside her colleague, Michael Rusk, Bonnie is writing the book ‘Engaging Islam: a Christian perspective’ for Peter Lang Publishing. She is also an Associate Member of the Christian Muslim Forum


***Charlotte Dando is a Quaker and an interfaith activist based in London. She is Assistant Director of the William Temple Foundation, a faith-based research institution concerned with religion in public life.She has recently completed a Master’s degree in ‘Religions of Asia and Africa’ at SOAS, University of London where her dissertation examined the effects of pluralism on the religious identities of young, Muslim interfaith advocates. She also holds a BA in ‘Religion in the Contemporary World’ from King’s College, London. Charlotte works as a freelance trainer for the interfaith organizations 3FF and URI, and she is a contributing scholar for the interfaith blogging website State of Formation. Her reverence of Mary stems from her Catholic upbringing, and she is interested in viewing Mary through a feminist lens. 


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Event date: 18/12/2013 6:30 pm
Event End Date: 18/12/2013 8:00 pm
Cut off date 18/12/2013
Individual Price Free - Donations welcome
Location Abrar House
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