Peoples of the Books: A Muslim Reading the Bible

Dr Shabbir Akhtar
Research Fellow, Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford

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

Dr Shabbir Akhtar is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies in Oxford. 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. Dr Akhtar is 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).