Dr Ida Glaser

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


I am responsible for the ‘Reading the Bible in the Context of Islam’ research project and I oversee the International Partnership and the Langham Bible Commentaries from Muslim Contexts projects on behalf of the Solomon Academic Trust.

Previously I taught in the areas of Qur’an and Bible and History of Muslim-Christian Dialogue at the University of Edinburgh. My personal research interests focus on reading the Bible in the context of Islam. I am currently an Associate Staff member at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.

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

Current projects

Encouraging authors for the new Routledge series on ‘Biblical Interpretation in Islamic Context’, of which I am series co-editor with Shabbir Akhtar.

Editing a commentary on Genesis 1-11 from Bangladesh.  This will be the first of a new Langham series of ‘Bible Commentaries from Muslim Contexts’, of which I am series co-editor with Martin Accad, of the Arab Baptists Theological Seminary, Beirut.

Writing a monograph for the Routledge  ‘Biblical Interpretation in Islamic Context’ series.  Working title: The People of God, the Presence of God and the Pain of God: hermeneutical keys from reading the Bible in Islamic context (London: Routledge, forthcoming).


Crowther, Danny, Shirin Shafaie, Ida Glaser & Shabbir Akhtar. 2017. Reading the Bible in Islamic Context: Qurʼanic conversations (New York: Routledge)

Thinking Biblically about Islam: Genesis, Transfiguration, Transformation (London: Langham, 2016) (With Hannah Kay)

Crusade Sermons, Francis of Assisi and Martin Luther:  what does it mean to ‘take up the cross’ in the context of Islam? (Oxford: Church Mission Society: Crowther Centre Monograph. no. 14, 2010).

Trauma, Migration and Mission: Biblical Reflections from a Traumatised Hebrew (Oxford: Church Mission Society: Crowther Centre Monograph, no. 2, 2008).

The Bible and Other Faiths: what does the Lord require of us? (Leicester: IVP, 2005).

Sharing the Salt:  making friends with Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs, I. Glaser and S. Raja (Milton Keynes: Scripture Union, 1999).

Partners or Prisoners? Christians thinking about women and Islam (With Napoleon John, Carlisle: Paternoster, 1998).

Book contributions and edited works


 ‘A trauma observed:  biblical reflections on safety, control and fragmentation’, in a volume of papers for the Langham Trauma Project, (Langham Literature, 2018)

‘‘Remember this day!’ Passover, transformation of memory and celebration of survival’, in a volume of sermons for the Langham Trauma Project, (Langham Literature 2018/9).

‘Fire-words:  Voicing the pain’ in When Women Speak (Oxford: Regnum, 2018).

‘Biblical Interpretation in Islamic Context:  Particular experiments, general tasks, signposts for the future’, in D. Crowther, S. Shafaie, I.Glaser and S. Akhtar (eds), in Towards Biblical Interpretation in Islamic Context: 1.  Qur’anic conversations, Routledge, 2017, pp 3-28.

'Qur'anic Challenges for the Bible reader', in D.A. Carson (ed), in The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures, Eerdmans, 2016, pp1013-1056.

‘Thinking Biblically about Islam’, in S. Bell and C. Chapman (eds.), Between Naivety and Hostility: Uncovering the best Christian responses to Islam in Britain, (Milton Keynes: Authentic Media, 2011), pp. 14-34.

‘Towards a Biblical Framework for Christian Discipleship in a Plural World’, in H. Boulter (ed), in Pursuing the Friendship of Strangers, Oxford Diocesan Committee for Inter-Faith Concerns, 2009.

‘Using the Bible in the Context of Islam’, in C.J.H.Wright and J. Lamb (eds.), Understanding and Using the Bible (London: SPCK, 2009).

‘Cross-reference Theology:  Speaking, Thinking and Living the Cross in the Context of Islam’, in D.E Singh (ed.), Jesus and the Cross: reflections of Christians from Islamic contexts (Carlisle: Regnum, 2008).

‘Family and Faith’, in D.E. Singh and B.C. Farr (eds.), Christianity and Cultures: shaping Christian thinking in context (Carlisle: Regnum, 2008), pp. 218-32.

‘The Dangerous Triangle: People, Land and Power’ [‘De gevararlijke driehoek: de verhouding tussen mensen, land en macht’trans. by T. Yurumez-Kroon], in I. Glaser and T. Yurumez-Kroon (eds.), Nabijheid & distantie: Hoe moslims en christenen omgaan met macht, relaties en de positie van de vrouw (Amsterdam: Buijten & Schipperheijn Motief, 2004).

‘Cross-reference Theology’, in Fanning the Flame: Bible, Cross and Mission, P. Gardner, C. Wright and C. Green (eds.), (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003).

‘The Concept of Relationship as a Key to the Comparative Understanding of Christianity and Islam’, in Trueman, C.R., Gray, T.J. and Blomberg, C.L. (eds), Solid Ground – 25 years of evangelical theology (Leicester: IVP, 2000).

‘Teaching the Old Testament in the Context of Islam’, in R.S.Hess and G.J.Wenham (eds.), Making the Old Testament Live (Grand Rapids: Eerdmanns, 1998), pp. 131-43.

‘The Suffering God’, in S.J. Sutcliffe,  Aisha, My Sister: Christian Encounters with Muslim Women in Britain (Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press, 1997), pp. 246-57.

‘Scripture and Mission in an Inner City Area in the UK’, in John Stott (ed.), The Anglican Communion and Scripture (Carlisle: Regnum, 1996), pp161-70., I. Glaser and N. John (eds.) (Carlisle, Paternoster, 1998).

Partners or Prisoners? Christians Thinking About Women and Islam, I. Glaser and N. John (eds.) (Carlisle, Paternoster, 1998).

Academic and reference articles

'Bible in contexts:  a global and historical kaleidoscope', in Religious Studies Review, vol 44, no 3, Sept 2018, pp257-263.

‘Cross, Qibla and Glory:  What Should Direct Christian Responses to Islam?’, in Muslim-Christian Encounter, Vol 10 No 2, 2017.

‘Reading the Bible with Islam in Mind’, in Anvil, Vol 31 No 1, 2015, pp18-31.

‘Reading Genesis in the Context of Islam: Windows on the Texts’, in Stuttgarter Theologische Themen, Vol. 5 (2010), pp7-60. [with German translation]

‘Get Wisdom, Get Understanding: How Study Contributes to Muslim-Christian Engagement’, in Anvil, Vol. 23, No. 2 (2006), pp.113-23.

‘We Sat Down and Wept: Biblical Resources for Conflict Situations’, in The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Issue 382 (2005), pp. 641-52.

‘Building Respect, Seeking Truth: Towards a Model for Muslim-Christian Studies’, with Anderson, G.M, Christian Scholar’s Review, Vol. 34, No. 4 (2005), pp. 411-24.

‘Reading the Bible in the Context of Islam’, Union Biblical Seminary Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1 (2005), pp. 82-101.

‘Family and Faith’, with D.Z. Niringiye, Transformation, Vol. 19, No. 1 (2002), pp. 23-33.

‘Roles and Relationships: Women and Men in Islam and Christianity’, TCNN Research Bulletin, No. 37 (2002), pp. 36-47.

‘Millennial Reverie:  Muslims in Britain’, Anvil, Vol. 17, No. 3 (2000), pp. 179-90.

‘Theological Questions:  An Agenda for Study’, Transformation, Vol. 17, No. 1 (2000), pp. 44-48.

‘Faith and Society in the UK’, Transformation, Vol. 17, No. 1 (2000), pp. 26-9.

‘Roles and Relationships:  Reflections on the Khalifah and the Image of God’, Transformation, Vol. 15, No. 1 (1997), pp. 18-23.

‘Qur’anic Challenges for Genesis’, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Vol. 75 (1997), pp. 3-19.

‘Authority, Identity and the Establishment of the People of God:  Understanding the Political Challenge of Islam’, Journal of the Jamaica Theological Seminary and Caribbean Graduate School of Theology, Vol. 2 (1997), pp. 77-91.

Other works

Numerous other articles on Islam and inter-faith relations for magazines and newspapers.