A keynote seminar discussing multiculturalism in Scotland, the Islamic faith and Muslims, has been held by the Church of Scotland and the Programme for Christian Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA).
PROCMURA is the oldest pioneer interfaith organisation in Africa, with a specific focus on Christians’ relations with Muslims.
Founded in 1959, PROCMURA is dedicated to promote understanding of the Gospel in an interfaith environment of Christians and Muslims, as well as constructive engagement with Muslims for peace and co-existence. It works specifically within the churches of Africa.
The event was promoted as an opportunity to understand more about religious relations in Scotland.
Speaking ahead of the seminar, the Very Rev Dr Andrew McLellan, Convener of the World Mission Council of the Church of Scotland, said: “It is an exciting opportunity for Scotland to host this event. Not only does it give us a chance to learn at first hand of the engagement between Muslims and Christians, which are so important for the peace and safety of so many in Africa, it also gives us in Scotland, who often struggle with the very same relationships, the gift of being able to learn from the experience and wisdom of Africans.”
Hosted by the World Mission Council at the Church of Scotland’s offices in George Street on Friday 28 January 2011, the seminar was addressed by keynote speaker Professor Malory Nye, Chair in Multiculturalism and Principal of the Al-Maktoum Institute in Dundee.
An expert in multiculturalism, Islam and Muslims in the UK and Europe, cultural and religious diversity, Minority Religious Groups in Britain and Anthropology, Professor Nye is the author of academic books and articles. He has also edited the international journal Culture & Religion for a number of years, as well as the Scottish Journal of Religious Studies.