Joint RE for Jews and Muslims

21st October 2005 at 01:00
Jews and Muslims are studying religion together on a joint course set up by a mosque and a synagogue in a project aimed at creating better understanding between the two faiths.

The religious studies A-level course, which has attracted students aged 17 to 86, has been established by the Islamic Cultural Centre and Southgate Progressive Synagogue, both in north London.

Rabbi Stephen Howard, of Southgate Progressive Synagogue, said: "This is excellent for interfaith relations and, where the two religions differ, everyone has been very eager to learn about the other's point of view."

Muslim teacher Imam Nyron Hassan Ali Gonzalez, of the Islamic Cultural Centre, in Wembley, said: "I am honoured to have this opportunity to help build bridges between the two communities, and foster togetherness in society."

The controversial subject of Jihad - or Muslim holy war- will be included.

The synagogue is connected to Liberal Judaism, a movement with more than 30 congregations and 10,000 members in the UK. It seeks to make Jewish life relevant to the modern world.

There are 25 students on the course. Some will take an AS-level in the summer and the full A-level will be taken by others in 2007.

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