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Dr Edward Kessler MBE

Founder Director, The Woolf Institute

Dr Edward Kessler, MBE is Founder Director of the Woolf Institute and a leading thinker in interfaith relations, primarily, Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations. In 2007 Dr Kessler was described by The Times Higher Education Supplement (London) as 'probably the most prolific interfaith figure in British academia' and in 2011 he was awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II for services to interfaith relations. He has written or edited 12 books, including the standard undergraduate textbook entitled, An Introduction to Jewish-Christian Relations (Cambridge, 2010). His most recent books are Jews, Christians and Muslims (SCM, 2013) and Jesus (The History Press, 2016). Kessler regularly appears in the media commenting on interfaith affairs, hosts the fortnightly podcast series, 'Encounter' which explores the relationship between religion and society, and was Vice-Chair of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life (2013-15). In 1998, he founded the Woolf Institute, Much of his academic work examines Scripture and explores the significance for Jewish-Christian relations of sharing a sacred text. More recently his writings have focused on the encounter with Islam and contemporary relations between the three Abrahamic faiths. Kessler proposes approaches for managing difference, which he argues is vital in forming a positive identity as well as sustaining communities.