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Francis and the Sultan

  • Course Dates: Mon 16 September, 10:30 am to Tue 17 September, 4:30 pm

This conference will explore the meeting in 1219 during the Fifth Crusade of St Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malik al-Kamil, as inspiration for Christian-Muslim dialogue today.

The event is offered in partnership with the Third Order of the Society of St Francis (TSSF).



Workshops include

A Tale of Two movements: A comparison of The Third Order, SSF and Tablighi Jama’at (Andrew Todd & Riyaz Timol)
Enabling an interfaith walk (Leonie Northcote)
A local interfaith group using the way of counsel (Stephen and Mary Ashton)
Exploring the history of the encounter between Francis and the Sultan (Sian Dawson)

Following St Francis:
how inter-faith encounter changes everything

with Mary and Stephen Ashton who run the Llansôr Mill Trust, a 25-acre oasis half way between Bristol and Cardiff. Among the various events here, we’ve established a Muslim- Christian group, which over the last couple of years has sought to follow in the footsteps of the encounter between St Francis and Sultan Malak al-Kamil, exactly 800 years ago. In this workshop we and some of our Muslim and Christian friends will try to show you something of what makes our encounter special and how, after a mere 800 years, perhaps we’re beginning to ‘get it’…

Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries
aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)

Course Details

Mon 16 September, 10:30 am
Tue 17 September, 4:30 pm
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Andrew Todd is an expert in contemporary religion and spirituality; an Anglican priest and Franciscan Tertiary. Guest speakers
Guest speakers Jamie Hacker Hughes Like Francis, Jamie has a background as a soldier and merchant. Following those careers, he returned to university where he took several degrees in psychology and clinical psychology, going on to specialise in military and veteran psychological health and social care. He has published widely, including co-authored pieces with Muslim scholars and has lectured on his specialist subject of post traumatic stress. Jamie is a professed Franciscan Tertiary and, in 2017, Jamie became Minister Provincial for the Third Order, Society of St Francis (TSSF) where he leads the Order in its largest Province, the European Province. Saleem Asghar Kidwai OBE Mr Kidwai is Founder and Chief Executive of SNK Associates- accountants-consultants and advisers which he started with 30 clients and now have over 1300 clients with 14 staff and one partner. He has been the Chief Executive, Ethnic Business Support Programme, an initiative run on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government to encourage and support members from the ethnic community in business ventures. Co- founder and Chairman of Islamic Banking and Finance Centre UK, Mr Kidwai has been working with and among the ethnic communities for over two decades in Wales. Richard Sudworth Richard became Secretary for Interreligious Relations to the Archbishop of Canterbury in September 2018. He was previously a parish priest in a Muslim-majority area of Birmingham. He has been a part time lecturer at the Queen's Foundation, Birmingham and was a CMS mission partner in North Africa and Birmingham before ordination. He is the author of Encountering Islam: Christian-Muslim Relations in the Public Square; Distinctly Welcoming: Christian Presence in a Multifaith Society, as well as a number of academic articles and essays on Christian-Muslim relations. Léonie Northcote Originally a Chartered Linguist in German and French, Léonie became a School Business Manager in multi-ethnic communities and an advocate for young people. In 2012 Léonie was selected to create an inter faith walk for the Mayor’s Pre-Olympic Celebrations. Under these auspices 50 inter faith walkers made their way through central London and across the Thames. This event led to several others: scriptural reasoning; inter faith discussions; an exhibition and film production of inter faith walks. Southwark Cathedral made Léonie their First Chair of Inter Faith as a result. Léonie is Area Minister to the Severn Group of the Third Order and a Spiritual Director. Andrew Todd Andrew is a senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and the Cambridge Theological Federation where he teaches Practical Theology and the Sociology of Religion. He worked previously at Sarum College in Salisbury, where he coordinated the Centre for Contemporary Spirituality. His research interests include chaplaincy; the interaction of religion/spirituality and public policy; and the reshaping of religion/spirituality in the contemporary world, including the development of new rituals; and the theological implications of such developments. Andrew has been a Franciscan tertiary for over thirty years and coordinates the Third Order, SSF, planning group for marking 800th anniversary of the meeting between St Francis and the Sultan of Egypt. Riyaz Timol Riyaz works as a Research Associate at Cardiff University’s Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, where he had completed a PhD as part of the Jameel Scholarship Programme. His research interests include ethnographic methodology, intergenerational transmission of Islam in Britain and the relationship of Islam with modernity. His disciplinary approach is within the sociology of religion with particular reference to the theoretical contributions of Peter L. Berger. In his current work, he seeks to map the way contemporary accounts of Islamic revival intersect with secularisation theory in Europe.
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£115 non-residential; £175 residential. Grateful thanks to the Third Order of the Society of St Francis whose contribution defrays the course cost.