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Prof Khalid Abou El Fadl
University of California USA
Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl is the most important and influential Islamic thinker in the modern age. An accomplished Islamic jurist and scholar, he is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law where he teaches Islamic law, Immigration, Human Rights, International and National Security Law. Dr. Abou El Fadl previously taught Islamic law at the University of Texas at Austin Law School, Yale Law School and Princeton University. He holds degrees from Yale University (B.A.), University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D.) and Princeton University (M.A./Ph.D.). He is the author of ten books and over fifty articles on Islamic law and Islam.

Prof. M. Jean-Michel Cros

Jean Michel Cros is a researcher and lecturer at French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). He also works for Strasbourg Urban Community as an advisor. His main interests areas are Islam in France, Muslim minority and the role of Islam in Western culture. His publications include contributions in some collective works, J. Picano (ed), "L'islam",Marseille, Ellipses, Coll. Culture et Histoire, 1996 and F. Fregosi (ed)Les conditions d'exercice du culte musulman en France : analyse comparée à partir d'implantations locales de lieux de culte et de carrés musulmans, Agathe Petit, 2004. He is also a columnist at, a popular e-publication amongst French-Muslim community.
Prof. Eric Geoffroy
Eric Geoffroy, one of the prominent French experts on Islam and Sufism, is Professeur at the University Marc Bloch in Strasbourg where he teaches Arabic and Islamic Studies. He is the author of several books and many articles, and has participated in numerous academic and inter-faith conferences in Europe and in the Middle East. Among his main works, one must mention Jihâd et contemplation - Vie et enseignement d'un soufi au temps des croisade, Paris, 1997, and Initiation au Soufisme, Paris, 2003.
Prof Andreas Kinneging
Leiden University
He is born in February 26, 1962 in Eindhoven), and is professor of legal philosophy at the University of Leiden, and the most prominent conservative philosopher in The Netherlands. Kinneging is raised in a Catholic family in the Dutch province of Zeeland. He studied political science at the Catholic University of Nijmegen, graduating with the highest honors. Upon graduation he worked for nine months at the Dutch Ministry of Finance. The post-dissertation Kinneging focuses especially on virtue ethics. Kinneging edits a new edition of Nicolai Hartmann's Ethics (in three volumes, 2001-2004). In 2005 a new book is published in Dutch, entitled "Geography of Good and Evil", a collection of essays written in the preceding decade. In 2006 Kinneging writes a new book, again in Dutch, on "Education in crisis". Kinneging is president of the Board of the Edmund Burke Stichting, the well-known Dutch conservative group.
Prof Johnston McMaster
Irish School of Ecumenics
Belfast, Ireland

Revd Dr Johnston McMaster is a Lecturer and Program Co-ordinator of Education in the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin. Additionally, he is the Chair of the Northern Ireland Youth Service Curriculum and Policy Development  at the Equity, Diversity and Interdependence (JEDI). He completed his Doctorate of Ministry at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary in North Western University, Illinois. Some of his areas of expertise and research are Broadcasting, Public Theology, Socio-Political Biblical Hermeneutics, Celtic Spirituality and Contemporary Social Ethics, Communities of Reconciliation, Overcoming Violence: A Faith Perspective, The Shape of Faith in a Post-Christendom Era.

Prof Thomas Michel

Thomas Michel, S.J., a St. Louis native who belongs to the Indonesian Jesuit Province, is Secretary of Interreligious Dialogue for the Society of Jesus in Rome. In Bangkok, Thailand, he also serves as Secretary for Ecumenism of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. A Ph.D. in Arabic language and Islamic religion from the University of Chicago, Father Michel teaches regularly in Turkey, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In 1998 he gave the Martin D'Arcy Lectures at Oxford University on Muslim-Christian encounters in history
Prof Paolo Naso
La Sapienza University
Political Science professor at La Sapienza University (Rome), Graduate course in Religious Historical Science, and at Gregorian Pontifical University, Cultures and religions Institute. He is director of the TV Show Protestantesimo (Raidue) and of the magazine Confronti.

Prof Ton Notten
Rotterdam Univesity & Vrije Univerity Brussel

He (1946) studied theology and philosophy, and later on social sciences, in particular andragology, at the University of Amsterdam, where he got his Ph.D in 1988 with a thesis entitled Rationality and the Beautiful Ambition. Since 1974, he always combined scientific work and professional education. At the University of Amsterdam, he was an assistant and associate professor in theory and history of adult education, and he taught social education at the University of Professional Education in Amsterdam. From 1998 on, he is a part-time professor in andragology (adult education and intercultural issues and urban studies, in particular) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Since 2002, he combines this appointment with a professorship at the Rotterdam University, in the field of urban education and youth policy issues. He published about 250 articles and (chapters of) books, in Dutch, English and other languages.
Prof Klaus Otte
Professor Otte enjoys the combination of being a professor in Systematic Theology in different universities and at the same time been a minister in a local church. After several experiences in pastoral work he was the minister of Mehren, Germany. Professor Otte taught in Beirut, Lebanon Systematic Theology, then in Kyoto and Osaka, where he became a professor for culture and theology. He then became a special professor in Basel, Mainz and Frankfurt. His subject was the Ontology of Universal Religion. He is always trying to bring his cultural and theological knowledge and experiences into the reality of the church. Dr. Otte has many publications and is considered a world authority on religion and culture. The President of Germany awarded him in 1999 in Berlin with a special medal of honour medal for his distinguish work and his services in the church and society.
Prof Emilio Platti
Belgium. KULeuven-Université Catholique de Louvain-UCL, Institut Catholique de paris
IDEO Le Caire
Prof. Emilio Platti is a professor of Islamic Studies at both K.U.L (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and UCL (Universiti Catholique de Louvain), Belgium. As a Dominican father, he is also a member of Institut Dominicain d'itudes Orientales du Caire (IDEO), and Institut Catholique de Paris. His research includes Islam and politics, Islamic theology and interreligious dialogue. He is the author of Islamitrange?, LIsam Parmi Nous, L'Islam, ennemi naturel?, Yahya Ibn Adi: Theologien Chritien Et Philosophe Arabe, Wat Gelooft Enn Goede Moslim. He has also published many articles and book chapters in French, Dutch and English.
Prof Simon Robinson
Leeds Metropolitan University
Simon Robinson is Running Stream Professor of Applied and Professional Ethics. He has developed courses in applied spirituality, relating life skills to virtues, both in Medicine and Healthcare, and in the general curriculum. He has a concern to locate ethical reflection in practice and everyday decision making
Prof. Karel Steenbrink
Utrecht University
Karel Steenbrink (born 1942 in Breda, Netherlands) studied Christian and Islamic theology at the Radboud University of Nijmegen and the Darussalam College of Gontor, Indonesia. He wrote a doctoral dissertation on Islamic education in Indonesia (1974) and was between 1981-1988 lecturer at the State Academy of Islamic Studies in Jakarta and Yogyakarta. In Indonesia he taught ‘orientalism’ of the Western tradition in Islamic studies, at the special request of Prof. Mukti Ali, Minister of Religion of Indonesia and a well-known scholar known for his inter-religious engagement. He was a visiting professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies of McGill University (Montreal, Canada) in 1992-1993. Between 1989-2007 he was at Utrecht University as a researcher for the Centre IIMO for Interreligieus and Intercultural Studies, and as professor of Intercultural Theology. He has widely published on Islam and Christianity in Indonesia and more recently also on Qur’an interpretation. He published Catholics in Indonesia 1808-1942 (Leiden: KITLV, 2 vols, 2003-7) and a series on Jewish and Christian prophets in the Islamic tradition: Adam Redivivus, Muslim elaborations of the Adam saga with special reference to the Indonesian literary traditions (Zoetermeer: Meinema 1998) and Jezusverzen in de Koran (2006). E-mail:
Prof David Thomas
University of Birmingham
David Thomas is currently Reader in Christianity and Islam at the University of Birmingham. His main interests areas are Islamic theology and philosophy, the history and theology of Christian-Muslim relations, Islam and culture, and textual studies in Arabic.
Dr Pim Valkenberg
Radboud University
Nijmegen The Netherlands /
Loyola College Maryland
Pim (W.G.B.M.) Valkenberg lives in the Netherlands and works as a Christian theologian in the department of theology and religious studies at Radboud University in Nijmegen. Currently, Dr. Valkenberg teaches as affiliate professor at Loyola College in Baltimore MD. His research concentrates on Christian-Muslim dialogue in the context of Abrahamic partnership, both in the present and in the past. His publications include a dissertation on St. Thomas Aquinas (Words of the Living God, Leuven 2000), on Abrahamic dialogue in the Middle Ages (The Three Rings, Leuven 2005) and on Muslim-Christian dialogue and theology (Sharing Lights on the Way to God, Amsterdam – New York 2006), including a reading of texts by al-Ghazali, Said Nursi and Fethullah Gülen from the perspective of a comparative Muslim-Christian theology.
Prof Paul Weller
University of Derby England
As Professor of Inter-Religious Relations, he focuses particularly on the relationship between religions in the public sphere and between religions, the state and society in respect of the institutions and processes of governance.
Prof Anton Wessels
The Netherlands
Anton Wessels is Professor emeritus at the Free University Amsterdam, in the field of History of Religion, in particular Islam. He made his studies in Theology and Comparative Religion at the Free University Amsterdam, University of Utrecht and Leiden, and Cairo University Egypt. His doctoral (PhD) thesis was on The Image of the Prophet Muhammad in Modern Arabic Literature. He was associate professor of Islamic Studies at the Near East School of Theology Beirut (Lebanon). He wrote many articles and books in Dutch, English, Italian and Indonesian. Some English publications: A Modern Arabic Biography of Muhammad. (E.J. Brill) Leiden, 1972; Images of Jesus. How Jesus is Perceived and portrayed in non-European Culture. London (SCM Press) and grand rapids (Erdmans), 1990; Understanding the Qur'an. (SCM Press) London 2000; Europe. Had it Ever been Really Christian?; Arab and Christian? Christians in the Middle east. (Pharos Press) Kampen 1995; Islam in Stories (Peeters) Leuven 2002; Muslims and the West. Can They Be Integrated (Peeters: Leuven, Paris, Dudley (USA) 2005.

Dr Ihsan Yilmaz
London Centre for Social Studies

Ihsan Yilmaz received his PhD in law in 1999 from SOAS, University of London. Between 1999-2001 he worked at the University of Oxford as a research fellow. At Oxford, he undertook two separate research projects; the first on the Turkish diaspora in London and second on the faith-based movement of Fethullah Gulen, his neo-ijtihad and renewal of Islam. Since 2001, he has been teaching comparative law, legal sociology, Islamic law and Turkish politics at the University of London. Turkish diaspora, Turkish politics, Islamic movements, Muslim legal pluralism, neo-ijtihad and Fethullah Gulen's faith-based movement are some of his diverse research areas.