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Talk: Christianity and Islam + Violent Islamist Extremism

What Christianity and Islam have in common, and where they differ. Also the origins of violent Islamist extremism and how to counter it.

Delivered 13 July 2017. Posted 22 July 2017

I regularly speak to schools on behalf of the charity Speakers for Schools.

At Flixton Girls' School in Manchester, I was specifically asked to talk about the relationship between Christianity and Islam. As it was less than two months since the Manchester Arena bombing, I considered that any talk to schoolchildren about Islam also needed to address violent Islamist extremism since it would be at the front of the pupils' minds.

I recorded the lecture, and it can now be watched below as a self-advancing PowerPoint presentation.


Presentation outline

  1. Christianity and Islam
  2. Violent Islamist extremism
  3. Bibliography
  4. Q&A


There are four books mentioned in the bibliography.

Two of the are already reviewed on this website:

“In The Shadow Of The Sword: The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World” by Tom Holland

"Islam – Past Present and Future" by Hans Kung

I intend to write reviews of the other two, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” by Reza Aslan and “Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea” by Shiraz Maher as soon as I can.


Near the beginning, I mention that the relgious analysis is based on my page Triangulating the Abrahamic faiths – measuring the closeness of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This looks at the relationship between the three faiths in much more detail than one can in a short talk.

How the presentation was recorded

My first presentation recording was done on the spur of the moment, just putting my iPhone 6 on the table and relying on its built in microphone. See my page Lecture: One Muslim’s Perspective on Religious Freedom.

Once I found recording presentations worthwhile, I purchased a high quality Sennheiser digital lapel microphone which plugs into the data socket of my iPhone 6. That produces a much better recording.


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