Commission for Ecumenism & Interfaith Dialogue

Understand thy neighbour: Introducing Islam Short Course


Introducing Islam News Story
One in five people in the world are Muslim. Together with Christians, they make up more than 50 per cent of the world’s population and, increasingly, Christians and Muslims are neighbours at school, at work and at play.

The Catholic Institute of Sydney is offering a short 'Introducing Islam' course in 2011, imparting an understanding of the history and expansion of Islam, Islamic law and spirituality, Christian-Muslim relations, comtemporary revivial movements and Islam in Australia.

Lecturer for the course will be Columban Missionary Priest, Rev Dr Patrick J McInerney LSAI, TheolM, PhD.

Rev Dr McInerney has been assigned to Pakistan for more than 20 years and is the Coordinator of the Columban Mission Institute’s Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations & Centre for Mission Studies. He is also a Board Member of Australian Catholic University’s Australia-Pacific Centre for Interreligious Dialogue and a member of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s Australian Catholic Council for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations.

The course will also feature guest lecturers with expertise in Islamic scholarship.

'Introducing Islam' will be of great interest to students undertaking a Bachelor of Theology (final year), Graduate Certificate in Arts, Graduate Diploma of Arts or Master of Arts and Master of Divinity. Priests, pastoral workers, teachers, catechists, members of Ecumenical and Interreligious Commissions and concerned citizens are able to take the course as a non-award or audit student, for professional development, or simply out of personal interest.

The two-day course will be held from 19 to 21 January and 7 to 8 May 2011.

Registration for the course closes on Friday 10 December.

For further information and registration:

The Registry

Catholic Institute of Sydney

Ph: 02 9752 9500



For information on the course:

Rev Dr Patrick J McInerney

Columban Mission Institute

Ph: 02 9352 8013


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