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Mouhanad Khorchide

Khorchide grew up in Saudi Arabia, where his Palestinian family had taken refuge. At the age of 18, he emigrated to Vienna, Austria. There he studied sociology and soon became an Austrian citizen. Parallel to his studies in Austria, Khorchide studied Islam in Beirut.

From 2006 to 2010, he worked at the University of Vienna in the fields of Islamic studies and Islamic pedagogy. At the same time, he was Imam of a mosque near Vienna.

In 2010, Khorchide became professor for Islamic Religious Education at the University of Münster in Germany and head of the Centre for Islamic Theology (CIT).

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Universität Paderborn - Germany

Qur’anic Approaches to Jesus Christ in the Perspective of Comparative Theology (Closed)

The project will therefore scrutinize whether it is feasible, from a particularly Christian perspective, to recognize the Quranic appreciations of Jesus of Nazareth as a form of Christology, which could possibly be saying something valuable to Christians. In accordance with that thought one can also ask, whether the Christian faith could accommodate to a certain extend the depiction of Jesus of Nazareth in the Quran within its own frame of belief and could the peculiarity of this approach be regarded as an enrichment of the Christian identity. Similarly, a Muslim Comparative Theology should discuss the question whether the relationship between the Christian confession of Jesus as the Christ and the Quranic statements about Jesus can be reviewed on the grounds of offering a new understanding of Jesus to Islamic thought.

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