The Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies



Here’s a chance to meet some of the staff at the centre, get a better understanding of what we do and find out why it is so important.

Thinking Biblically about Islam – a new book by Dr Ida Glaser with Hannah Kay – was launched in 2016 at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. Watch the book launch below.




Between Confrontation and Collaboration: looking at the history of Muslim-Christian relations through material culture

James Allan - Professor of Eastern Art, former curator of the Ashmolean’s Islamic collection, and one of CMCS’ academic advisers – will be speaking (1pm Thursday 18th January) in the Headley Lecture Theatre at the Ashmolean Museum.

In medieval times there was a surprisingly constant flow of goods between Christian and Muslim communities. Prof Allan will explore objects made for Christian patrons within the Islamic world, and much more.

The event is organised by the Ashmolean as part of its exhibition on Imagining the Divine. Booking is required and a small fee is charged.

CMCS' Tuesday afternoon research seminars from 2.30pm - 4.00pm on selected dates during the term. All welcome.

9th-11th January
Various CMCS staff teach on the Understanding Islam course at St Stephen's House, organised by CMCS associate fellow, Dr John Chesworth.

Wednesday 24th January
Dr Richard McCallum completes his teaching on Islam and Christian-Muslim Engagement at Wycliffe Hall with a lecture on Christian responses and mission to Muslims.

Thursday 15th February
Dr Martin Whittingham giving a seminar on Ambivalent Toleration of the Bible in Early Islam: approaches to the previous scriptures in the Qur'an and Hadith at Lady Margaret Hall.

This is part of a series of weekly seminars on the theme of 'Tolerance and Toleration in the Abrahamic Faiths' for postgraduate students within Oxford University.

26th-27th February
Training for new CMS partners.

Saturday 24th February
Dr Richard McCallum speaking at the New Horizons in British Islam conference.

date TBC
Training for the Army School of Education at CMCS.

Stemming from a 2015 conference held at CMCS, this is a new volume edited by the Reading the Bible in the Context of Islam (RBCI) team. It explores the ways in which an awareness of Islam and the Qur’an can change how the Bible is read. The contributors come from both Muslim and Christian backgrounds, bring various levels of commitment to the Qur’an and the Bible as Scripture, and often have significantly different perspectives.

The latest issue of the Research Briefings is now available in print and online and looks at the implications of Muslims and Christians Sharing Territory.