Institut für Christkatholische Theologie


Prof. Dr. Dr. Douglas Pratt

Adjunct Professor am ICKath und Honorary Professor, Theological and Religious Studies, University of Auckland

Institut für Christkatholische Theologie

Universität Bern
Institut für Christkatholische Theologie
Länggassstrasse 51
CH-3012 Bern

Professor Pratt studied philosophy and theology in New Zealand and gained his PhD in Divinity from the University of St Andrews, Scotland (1984) and a Doctor of Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia (2009).

Professor Pratt taught religious studies at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, for 30 years and is now an Honorary Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand where he was previously, from 1991 to 2003m, an Honorary lecturer in Theology. He has held Visiting and Honorary positions at the Universities of Heidelberg (Germany) and Oxford and Birmingham (England). In 2010 he spent a semester at Georgetown University as a Fulbright scholar and teacher and a semester in 2011 as a Guest Professor in the Dept. for Old Catholic Theology at the University of Bern. Since then he has been an Adjunct Professor.

Professor Pratt is a Research Team Leader, since 2012, for the University of Birmingham based ‘Christian-Muslim Relations: A bibliographical history 600-1900’ international research project which is funded by the UK Arts and Humanities’ Research Council.  (See:

Professor Pratt is also an Anglican priest and Canon Theologian emeritus in New Zealand and holds a licence to officiate within the Church of England Diocese of Europe.

  • General:  Christian thought and history, philosophical theology, the phenomenology of religion, Islam and Christian-Muslim relations, interreligious dialogue, religious diversity, fundamentalism and extremism
  • As Adjunct Professor at Bern: Theology and Interreligious Studies, Ecumenical and Anglican studies.
  • Special concern: to support, promote and contribute to the international research and profile of the Institute and Faculty, especially through the conference series on Interreligious and Ecumenical Issues (IREI) and publications arising therefrom (see:


Religion and Extremism: Rejecting Diversity (London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2018)

Belief Diversity and the Lived Experience of Religion (Ed. with Angela Berlis), special issue of Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, Vol. 27/2 (2018)

Christian Engagement with Islam: Ecumenical Journeys since 1910 (Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2017)

The Challenge of Islam: Encounters in Interfaith Dialogue (Abingdon: Routledge Revivals, 2017)

Religious Minorities and Interreligious Relations: Social and Theological Challenges (Ed. with Angela Berlis and Andreas Krebs), special issue of Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, Vol. 26/2 (2017)

Christians and Muslims in East Asia and Australasia (with Peter Riddell), in: David Thomas (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Christian-Muslim Relations (London: Routledge, 2017), 413-422

The churches and Christian-Muslim relations (with Risto Jukko and Michael Ipgrave), in: Thomas (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Christian-Muslim Relations (Abingdon: Routledge, 2017), 247-256.

Fear of Muslims? International Perspectives on Islamophobia (Ed. With Rachel Woodlock; Switzerland: Springer International, 2016)

Religious Citizenships and Islamophobia (Ed. With Virginie Andre; London & New York: Routledge, 2016)

Christianity and Other Faiths: Exploring Interfaith Engagement, in: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue Vol. 26/1 (2016): 5-19

Unintentional Receptive Ecumenism: From Ecclesial Margins to Ecumenical Exemplar. A New Zealand case study, in: Review of Ecumenical Studies Vol. 8/2 (2016), 219-237

Secular New Zealand and Religious Diversity: From Cultural Evolution to Societal Affirmation, in: Social Inclusion Vol. 4/2 (2016), 52-64

The Character of Christian-Muslim Encounter: Essays in Honour of David Thomas (Ed. With Jon Hoover, John Davies, and John Chesworth; Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2015)

From Encounter to Commitment: Interreligious Experience and Theological Engagement (ed. with Angela Berlis), sub-series issue of Internationale Kirchliche Zeitschrift published as Berner Interreligiöse Ökumenische Studien (IKZ-BIOS), Vol. 2 (Bern: Stämpfli AG, 2015)

Religion Fixed and Fickle: The Contemporary Challenge of Religious Diversity, in: Douglas Davies and Adam J. Powell (eds.), Sacred Selves – Sacred Settings: Reflecting Hans Mol (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015), 101-122

Theologie nach dem Dialog: Neue Wege christlich-muslimischer Beziehungen, in: Mohammed Gharaibeh, Esnaf Begic, Hansjörg Schmid and Christian Ströbele (Hrsg.), Zwischen Glaube und Wissenschaft: Theologie in Christentum und Islam (Regensburg: Verlag Friedrich Pustet 2015), 237-253

Religion is as Religion Does: Interfaith Prayer as a Form of Ritual Participation, in: Marianne Moyaert and Joris Geldhof (eds.), Ritual Participation and Interreligious Dialogue: Boundaries, Transgressions and Innovations (London: Bloomsbury, 2015), 53-66

Initiative and Response: The Future of Christian-Muslim Dialogue, in Paul Hedges (ed.), Contemporary Muslim-Christian-Encounters: Developments, Diversity and Dialogues (London: Bloomsbury, 2015), 117-133

Islamische Perspektiven für den interreligiöse Dialog: Die Stimme von Fethullah Gülen, in: Materialien zu Dialog und Bildung, DuB 2 (Berlin: Stifung Dialog und Bildung) (2015), 55-73

Theology after Dialogue: Christian–Muslim Engagement Today and Tomorrow, in: Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations Vol. 26/1, (January, 2015), 89-101

Islamophobia as Reactive Co-Radicalization, in: Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol. 26/2 (April, 2015): 205-218

Reactive Co-Radicalization: Religious Extremism as Mutual Discontent, in: Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, Vol. 28/1 (2015), 3-23

Being Open, Being Faithful: The Journey of Interreligious Dialogue (Geneva: WCC Publications, 2014)

Interreligious Engagement and Theological Reflection: Ecumenical Explorations (Ed.), sub-series issue of Internationale Kirchliche Zeitschrift published as Berner Interreligiöse Ökumenische Studien (IKZ-BIOS), Vol. 1 (Bern: Stämpfli AG, 2014)

From Religion to Terror: Christian Fundamentalism and Extremism, in: Veronica Ward and Richard Sherlock (eds.), Religion and Terrorism: The Use of Violence in Abrahamic Monotheism (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014), 69-101

From Edinburgh to Georgetown: Interfaith Theological Bridge-Building, in: Anglican Theological Review, Vol. 96/1 (Winter 2014), 15-37

Swiss Shock: Minaret Rejection, European Values, and the Challenge of Tolerant neutrality, in: Politics, Religion & Ideology, Vol. 14/2 (July 2013), 193-207

Understanding Interreligious Relations (Ed. With David Cheetham and David Thomas; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

Exclusivist Boundaries and Extremist Transgressions: Persistence and Problems of Religion, in: Diskus: The Journal of the British Association for the Study of Religions, Vol. 15 (2013), 1-26

The Persistence and Problem of Religion: Modernity, Continuity and Diversity, in: Australian Religion Studies Review, Vol. 25.3 (2012), 273-292

Islam in China: From Silk Road to Separatism (with Melanie Jones-Leaning), in: The Muslim World, Vol. 102/2 (April 2012), 308-334

Religious Identity and the Denial of Alterity: Plurality and the Problem of Exclusivism, in: Paolo Diego Bubbio and Philip Andrew Quadrio (eds.), The Relation of Philosophy to Religion Today (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), 201-215

Islamophobia: Ignorance, Imagination, Identity and Interaction, in: Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol. 22, No. 4 (October 2011), 379-389

Antipodean Ummah: Islam and Muslims in Australia and New Zealand, in: Religion Compass 5/12 (2011): 743-752

The Church and other Faiths: The World Council of Churches, the Vatican, and Interreligious Dialogue (Bern: Peter Lang, 2010)

Interreligious Dialogue: Ecumenical Engagement in Interfaith Action, in: Kath Engebretson, Marian de Souza, Gloria Durka and Liam Gearon (eds.), International Handbook of Inter-religious Education, Vol. 1. (Dordrecht: Springer, 2010), 103-122

Islamic Prospects for Interreligious Dialogue: The Voice of Fethullah Gülen, in: John L. Esposito and Ihsan Yilmaz (eds.), Islam and Peacebuilding: Gülen Movement Initiatives (New York: Blue Doom Press, 2010), 189-206