Religions in relationship

Level 6 - DT3055-02

In this module, students will be offered an opportunity to examine a range of key interactions between the five main world religions – clashes of beliefs and values, the historical events to which these have given rise, and ways in which difficulties, actual and potential, might be resolved.

Topics covered 

  • Introduction to the study of religions in relationship
  • Christian-Jewish relations in the New Testament
  • Later Christian responses to Judaism
  • Franz Rosenzweig on Judaism and Christianity
  • Contemporary Jewish responses to Christianity
  • Jewish-Muslim relations, geopolitics and scriptural interpretation
  • Christian-Muslim relations: Legacies of Christian responses to Islam
  • Muslim-Christian relations: Legacies of Muslim responses to Christianity
  • Hinduism and interfaith relations: Responding to Eurocentrism
  • Buddhism and interfaith relations: Complicating the definition of ‘religion’


Forum participation (10%); a two thousand-word essay (40%) and a 1.5-hour unseen written examination (50%).

Tutor in Interfaith Relations

Dr Shanon Shah

Dr Shanon Shah

Shanon holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from King's College London. He previously lectured in religious studies there and at the University of Kent. Shanon is currently the Director of Faith for the Climate, a national charity focusing on action on the climate crisis, and conducts research on minority religions and alternative spiritualities at the Information Network on Religious Movements (Inform), a research charity based at King's College London.

His research and teaching interests include the ethnographic study of religion, contemporary Islam and Christianity, new religious movements, gender and sexuality, popular culture, and social movements. He is the author of the monograph The Making of a Gay Muslim: Religion, Sexuality and Identity in Malaysia and Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and is an editor at Critical Muslim, the flagship quarterly publication of the Muslim Institute (a London-based educational fellowship).