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Translating God(s): Islam and Christianity in Southeast Europe


Admission requirements

In addition to a BA-degree in Religious Studies, Middle Eastern Studies or a degree in one of the languages of the region, students are expected to have a basic understanding of the history of Christianity.


This 10 EC European Intensive Programme (IP) offers post-graduate students from around 20 European universities a European Theology & Religious Studies course in the academic disciplines of Intercultural theology and Interreligious Studies. The IP in Istanbul is hosted by the theological faculty of Marmara University, gives emphasis to the European interreligious histories in general and allows students to study the challenges between Islam and Christianity in Southeast Europe in particular. Also, the impact of today’s inter-religious encounters and tensions for Europe’s theological schools will be reflected.
For 2012 (Sept. 9-23), a programme is scheduled in Sofia and Constantia, with the themes of Fluid Religions and Orthodoxy, allowing for a comparative study of these phenomena across religious traditions of Eastern and Western Europe alike.

Course objectives

After completing the course, the students will

  • have better insight in the history and current multi-religious situation of South-East Europe (including Turkey), with a focus on the relations between Islam and Christianity;

  • have increased awareness of the complex current situation via local exposure visits in the multi-religious context of Istanbul;

  • have focused on one particular topic (via a research paper) in the field of history, religion or theology;

  • have enhanced their research skills, especially in the field of writing and presenting for an European-wide public of graduate students and scholars in the field.


Two weeks intensive course in Istanbul, April 26-May 10 2011.Timetable

Mode of instruction

Seminar meetings, group discussions, lectures and exposure visits. All students are expected to contribute a written research paper some time before the conference, to present and discuss it during the conference, and hand in a revised paper following the meeting. Depending on the number of those interested from Leiden, one or two preparatory meetings shall be scheduled early in 2011.

Assessment method

Participation and paper



Reading list


Directly with Prof.dr. H.L. Murre-van den Berg, before November 1, 2010 (students need to register with the Dublin organizers before December 15th)
The students pay a registration fee of E100,-; the rest of the costs (travel & stay) are covered by the international program.

Contact information

H.L. Murre-van den Berg) (for the provisional programme as well as practical information)

More information


Maximum of five participants (from Leiden)