OUR TEAM


  • Dr Martin Whittingham Director

    M.A. (Cantab), B.A. (London School of Theology/CNAA), M.A. (London School of Theology/Brunel), Ph.D. (Edinburgh)

    Martin has degrees in English Literature and Christian Theology, and a doctorate in Islamic Studies. He has taught at undergraduate and post-graduate level at the University of Edinburgh, and is now a supernumerary research fellow and tutor at Regent’s Park College, Oxford. He has been involved in Christian ministry amongst international students in the U.K., and has taught Islam and Muslim-Christian interaction in a number of Christian colleges.

    His research interests include the history and theology of Muslim-Christian interactions, focussing on the history of Muslim views of the Bible and also views of other elements of Christian faith.

  • Dr Ida Glaser International Academic Coordinator and Founding Fellow

    B.Sc., M. Phil. Theoretical Physics (London, Imperial), Ph.D. Theology (Durham), P.G.C.E. Physical Sciences (London, Institute of Education)

    Ida is responsible for the academic and research activities of the Centre. She previously taught in the areas of Qur’an and Bible and History of Muslim-Christian Dialogue at the University of Edinburgh, and her personal research interests focus on reading the Bible in the context of Islam. She is currently an Associate Staff member at Wycliffe Hall.

    She has taught physics in Islamic contexts and church-based outreach in multi-racial, inner-city Britain. She has worked among people of other faiths for Crosslinks, the Anglican Mission Agency, and is a past director of Faith to Faith, a Christian consultancy to other faiths. Her doctorate examined Genesis 1-11 in the context of parallel Qur’anic material and mission among Muslims. She has taught Muslim-Christian relations at the post-graduate level in Jamaica, Nigeria, the Philippines, and the UK.

  • Dr Richard McCallum Senior Fellow

    B.Sc.Physics (London, Imperial), M.A. Applied Linguistics (Leicester), Ph.D. Sociology (Exeter)

    Richard is a sociologist with research interests in religion and society and the contemporary encounter of faith groups in society.  After returning from 10 years spent living and teaching in Tunis, his doctorate explored Christian responses to Islam in the British context and was based at the University of Exeter where he taught the Sociology of Religion.  He has also taught Contemporary Islam, Christian-Muslim Relations and Christian Responses to Islam at various colleges and conferences in addition to providing freelance cross-cultural training to industry and the public sector.

    His most recent research projects include an evaluation of an interfaith summer school run by the Cambridge Interfaith Programme and a survey of the teaching of Islam in British theological colleges.

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  • Dr John Chesworth Associate Fellow

    B.Ed. (Durham), B.A. (Trinity College, Bristol/CNAA), M.A., Ph.D. (Birmingham)

    John is Research Officer for the Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History 1500-1900 project. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at St. Stephen’s House, Oxford, and has spent four years as editor of Christian-Muslim News Digest for Network for Inter faith Concerns (NIFCON).

    Previously he co-developed the MA and Post-Graduate Diploma courses in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at St. Paul’s United Theological College (now St. Paul’s University), Limuru, Kenya. At St Paul’s he was a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director of Postgraduate Courses in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, teaching courses on Islam in Africa, Christian-Muslim Relations and Islamic Theology.

    He is joint editor with Dr. Franz Kogelmann, University of Bayreuth, of the online publication series Muslim-Christian Relations in Africa and Muslims and Islam in Africa.

  • Dr Shabbir Akhtar Associate Fellow

    B.A., M.A. (Cantab), Ph.D. (Calgary, Alberta)

     

    Shabbir is a Muslim scholar who holds a doctorate in the Philosophy of Religion. After working in British race relations, he taught philosophy of religion and comparative religions in an Islamic university in Malaysia, for four years, and for a decade in Old Dominion University in Virginia, USA. Currently he is an associate member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford.

    He has published widely on Islam and Christianity. His articles have appeared both in academic journals and in the national press. Several of his books have been translated into the major Islamic languages.

    He is currently completing a commentary on Paul’s letter to the Galatians. He has briefly explored the relevance of Paul to modern Islam in two recent books: The Quran and the Secular Mind (Routledge, 2008) and Islam as Political Religion (Routledge, 2010). His work at the Centre includes co-editing a series of scholarly monographs on ‘Reading the Bible in the Context of Islam’, a project directed by Dr Ida Glaser. He is also an Honorary Research Associate at St. Stephen's House, a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford. 

  • Dr David Coffey Founding Fellow

    B.A. (Wheaton College), M.Div. (Trinity Seminary, Deerfield), Ph.D. (Edinburgh)

    David worked in clinical psychology and then was in Christian ministry in the United States before going back to Bangladesh, where he had been brought up. There, he and his wife were involved in teaching and translation.

  • Dr Georgina Jardim International Partnership Facilitator

    B.A. (Johannesburg), B.A. (Hons) (Islamic studies), M.A. (Potchefstroom), Ph.D. (Gloucestershire)

    Georgina Jardim is a Research Associate of the University of Gloucestershire with a special interest in Scriptural Reasoning and the intersection of gender and religion.

    Born in Zimbabwe to South African missionary parents of French Huguenot ancestry, she taught at secondary and tertiary institutions in South Africa and the UK. She has published on the topics of female characterisation in the Bible and Quran, including a brief analysis of Muslim women’s role in the anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa.

    Georgina lives in the UK where she is working to make scriptural reasoning more accessible to non-academic groups, to facilitate deeper engagement between ‘everyday’ Christians and Muslims and to develop public engagement with Christian faith through the arts.

    She is married to a fellow South African (of Portuguese ancestry), and they have 3 children.

  • Felice Nassar Operations Director

    M.A. Theology (University of Cambridge), M.Sc. Development Studies (SOAS, University of London)

    Felice’s career spans business and non-profit sectors, focusing primarily on fundraising, donor relations, research and events. Felice has lived in Nazareth, Israel for nearly 5 years and worked for the largest Palestinian NGO in Israel, The Galilee Society, as its Director of Resource Development. She also served on the Board of Nazareth Baptist School for 4 years and is currently a Governor at Wolvercote Primary School in North Oxford.

    Felice has travelled widely throughout India and Africa, as well as her time in the Middle East. Her award-winning Dissertations for both university degrees were based on first-hand field research in India and the West Bank, respectively.

    Before joining CMCS, Felice was working for the University of Oxford Development Office.

  • Pradip Sudra Finance and Personnel Officer

    M.A. (Fuller Seminary, California)

    Pradip has a degree in Mission Studies and had held various posts in the wider Christian Missions. Prior to joining CMCS he worked in Zimbabwe where he established a department for "Mission & Evangelism" in a theological College. 

    His hobbies include watching motor racing and fishing - when he can.

  • Susan Worthington Administrator

     

    Susan has a background in administration and worked in the public sector before undertaking 3 years of part-time Biblical and Theological study.

    Prior to CMCS, Susan was the administrator for the part-time courses at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.