Morpeth Lecture

The Morpeth Lecture was established in 1967 in partnership between the University of Newcastle and the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle. The name of the Morpeth Lecture comes from the College of St John the Evangelist at Morpeth, the previous ministry training and education centre of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.

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Saving Islam from Jihadism: A Theological Analysis

The lecture will explore the ease with which radical Islamist or Jihadist discourse has utilized Islamic sacred source material to promote its cause. It will be proposed that such utilization is misplaced, based on poor knowledge of Islamic sources and has the practical effect of destroying Islam’s credibility in the public eye. The lecture will attempt to present a more positive image of Islam by analysing the same material used by the Jihadists to show just how misplaced is their interpretation.

About the speaker

Terence Lovat is Emeritus Professor, former Pro Vice-Chancellor and currently Postgraduate Theology Convenor at the University of Newcastle, Honorary Research Fellow at Oxford University and Chair of the Academic Board at BBI-The Australian Institute of Theological Education. He has had a long-term interest in Islam, having written many books and articles on the subject, led research projects aimed at aspects of Islamic theology and practice, and having visited a number of Islamic countries, including in 2017 having been the paid guest of the Theology Faculty at the University of Tehran.

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