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Abraham J. Heschel

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Rabbi Professor Dan Cohn-Sherbok

University of Wales, Lampeter, UK (Judaism)
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Dan Cohn Sherbok was born in Denver, USA, and educated at Williams College. He was ordained a Reform rabbi at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he gained a doctorate in divinity. He served congregations in Jasper, Alabama; Galesburg, Illinois, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Denver, Colorado. Subsequently he was a rabbi in Melbourne, Australia; London, England; and Johannesburg, South Africa. He received a doctorate in philosophy from Cambridge University, England and from 1975 taught Jewish theology at the University of Kent, Canterbury. He has been Visiting Professor at the University of Essex, University of Middlesex, University of St. Andrews, and the University of Vilnius. He is currently Professor of Judaism at the University of Wales at Lampeter.

Dr  Haifaa Jawad

University of Birmingham, UK (Islam)
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BA, MA (Baghdad University), Ph.D. (Exeter University), Is Senior lecturer in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham. She previously taught at al-Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, Exeter University, New England College, Arundel, Lancaster University, and the Irish school of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin. She has specialised in the Socio-political study of Islam; Modern Islamic Thought, Contemporary Islamic Issues, Islamic Spirituality, Islamic Ethics, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim relations, Euro-Arab relations; Islam and the West, Islam and democracy and women’s issues in Islam. Among her recent publications are “The Middle East in the New World Order (editor and contributor), Macmillan 1997;  “The Rights of Women in Islam: an authentic approach”, Macmillan, 1998; “Islamic Extremism and its Impact on Western Images of Islam” in J.Neilsen and S. Khaswnih (eds) Arabs and the West: Mutual Images, Jordan University Press, 1998; Muslim women in the United Kingdom and Beyond, Experiences and Images (co-editor and contributor) Brill Publisher, 2003, “Muslim Feminism: A Case Study of Amina Wadud’s Quran and Woman”, Journal of Islamic Studies, Islamic Research Institute, Vol 42, No. 1, Spring 2003; “Seyyed Hossein Nasr and the Study of Religion in Contemporary Society”, The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Vol 22, No 2, Spring 2005; Female conversion to Islam: The Sufi Paradigm, in K. Nieuwkerk (ed), Women embracing Islam, Gender and Conversion to Islam in the West, Texas University press, July 2006; “Islamic Feminism: Leadership Roles and Public Representation” in Q. Mirza, Islamic Feminism and the Law, Cavendish publishers, in Press.  Currently she is working on “Islam and Democracy in the 21st Centry”.

Revd Canon Dr Jane Steen

Southwark Cathedral, UK (Church of England)
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Dr Steen's academic interests lie principally in the overlap of literature and theology.  Her PhD research concentrated on Anglican literature and theology in eighteenth century England, and she remains interested in Anglicanism both historic and contemporary.  She is also interested in the theology of deification, including its presence in the eucharistic theology of nineteenth century English theologians, and in eucharistic and Christological theology more widely.

Revd Professor Dr Wolfgang Klausnitzer
Roman Catholic – University of Bamberg, Germany
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Revd Professor Dr Wolfgang Klausnitzer is a member of the Department of Catholic Theology and an active participant in a number of international theological projects. His research interests are focused on fundamental and ecumenical theology in the light of the Second Vatican Council, including an extended study on the papacy in the modern theological context. He is the author of many academic publications as well as of doctrinal documents related to Roman Catholic perceptions of other Christian denominations.

Revd Professor Walter Sparn

Lutheran – University of Erlangen, Germany
Prof Dr Walter Sparn. Nach der Emeritierung F. Mildenbergers Ăźbernahm ich, ebenfalls aus einem schwäbisch-pietistischen und zugleich bildungsbĂźrgerlichen Hintergrund kommend, 1996 den Lehrstuhl Systematische Theologie I. Eine Darstellung meines persönlichen Weges hierhin finde sich in dem Buch, das die damaligen Mitarbeiter herausgebracht haben: Christian Henning, Karsten LehmkĂźhler (Hg.), Systematische Theologie der Gegenwart in Selbstdarstellungen, TĂźbingen 1998 (utb 2048), 374-400.

Professor Ewa Wipszycka

University of Warsaw, Poland
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Professor Ewa Wipszycka is the author of many publications on the early history of the Church. Her research focuses on the history of Egypt in the Hellenistic and Late Hellenistic periods, including the emergence of Christianity. She has published on Egyptian monasticism, and has also researched early Christian heresies, persecutions and tensions between Christians and pagans in late Antiquity.

Dr Sharon Roubach
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
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Dr Sharon Roubach studied European History and Comparative Religion in Jerusalem. Her Ph.D. thesis (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2003) was a study of the image of twins in Latin Christian literature. She currently teaches at the department of Comparative Religion and at the Rothberg graduate program in Religious Studies (HU). Her current area of interest is in Christian symbolism in Western cinema and in Christian collective images in the medieval West.

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