Joshua Ralston is Lecturer in Muslim-Christian Relations at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh and director and co-founder of the Christian-Muslim Studies Network funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. He has published widely on comparative theology, Christian-Muslim relations, and on the political theology of migration. He has co-edited two books,Church in an Age of Global Migration (Palgrave, 2016) with Susanna Synder and Religious Diversity in Europe: Insights from Comparative Theology (Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh, 2019) with Klaus von Stosch. His recently completed a monograph, Law and the Rule of God: Shari’a in Christian-Muslim Debate, and is currently working on a second book, Islamic Thought: A Primer for Christian Engagement.
There seems to be, then, a road not yet taken by political theologians in North America and Europe: to participate with Arab thinkers in the work of writing comparative political theologies that decolonize knowledge and seek a more just alternative to the world as it stands.
First, we must all remember our history and stop the blatant amnesia behind racial and power dynamics in our field…Women and enslaved persons were not a part of the founders’ initial understanding. The same is true for the founding identities of the Society of Biblical Literature.