School of Divinity

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Dr Joshua Ralston

BA, MTh, MDiv, PhD

Job title

Lecturer in Muslim-Christian Relations

Contact information

Address : New College, The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 2LX


Telephone : +44 (0)131 650 8928

Programme Director for the MA Theology and MA Philosophy and Theology programmes

Affiliated research centres
Centre for the Study of World Christianity

Joshua Ralston is Lecturer in Muslim-Christian Relations at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh. Prior to moving to Scotland, he was Assistant Professor of Theology at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. He earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy at Wake Forest University, before going on to study World Christianity at Edinburgh (MTh with distinction), divinity at Candler School of Theology (MDiv), and Christian Theology and Islamic Thought at Emory University (PhD supervised by Ian A. McFarland). His primary work is concerned with the theological, ethical, legal-political, and scriptural encounters between Christians and Muslims across the centuries with a particular focus on Protestant Christianity and Sunni Islam. His commitment to Christian-Muslim relations has been shaped not only through academic study, but also by his experiences of teaching theology, ethics, and interfaith relations in Aba, Nigeria and Cairo, Egypt, and living in Ramallah, Palestine. 

External appointments

AAR Reformed Theology and History Steering Committe