My experience as a post-doctoral fellow at CMCS has been one of the most informative and formational experiences that I've had in my life. I learned so much and made relationships and friendships that will last for life no matter where I go afterwards.Read More
In her capacity as a tutor at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, Liz was looking for somewhere that could offer both academic and practical ways for ordinands to immerse themselves in the Islamic faith. Wycliffe's partnership with CMCS has allowed them to broaden and enrich their offering.Read More
At Summer School we learned how to communicate firmly and honestly without offending one another in our discussions. We read Biblical and Qur’anic texts, explored inter-faith dialogue through history to the present day and its meaningful application in our society.
- Mwilwa Francis Kapansa, Muslim Summer School studentRead More
The combination of academic rigour and practical inter-faith advice that CMCS offers is helping Muslims and Christians locally and nationally to engage with and understand each other more clearly in a world where communications are increasingly strained. I am glad to support the work of the Centre, and long may it continue.
- Martin Gorick, Archdeacon of OxfordRead More
The work of CMCS has led me to the realisation that what I have done is not enough. There are so many other things that I need to do, that I have not even yet contemplated.
Dr Mohamed Mesbahi, Director of Education, Islamic College, LondonRead More
Based on my experiences at Summer School, I am optimistic about the future. I now know people of different faiths can get along very well together as long as everyone keeps an open mind and is respectful of other opinions and ways of approaching things.
- Sally Anne Wheadon, Summer School studentRead More
As a Ph.D. Middle Eastern Christian student, my time at the Centre was inspiring and transforming. I actually had the opportunity to meet with some profound scholars and to ask all sort of questions on what it means to read the Bible in the context of Islam, particularly the Old Testament. The discussions that I had with those scholars challenged but inspired and transformed the way in which I am thinking of reading the Bible in my own Middle Eastern/ Islamic context.
- Emad Botros, Research Support Student, McMaster Divinity CollegeRead More
The Qur’an commands Muslims to be faithful witnesses to God, in the cause of truth, in the pursuit of single standards of justice. Muslims must speak the truth about others, even if they see them as rivals for the hand of grace. This is the example set by the Prophet Muhammad and, before him, by Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I am, therefore, pleased to work closely with Christian scholars at CMCS.
- Dr Shabbir Akhtar, Research FellowRead More
There will be no transformation of relationships without transformation of people and of their thinking. I want to see God transforming the minds of Christian people so that we can resist the worl'd’s power agendas, speak the truth, and be faithful witnesses to Jesus Christ in our interactions with Muslims.
- Dr Ida Glaser, Founding FellowRead More
Being a member of the inter-faith community at the Centre has transformed the way in which I view other religions, especially Christianity, but also has advanced my understanding of my own religion in new ways. From the very first day I came to CMCS to seek advice on my postdoctoral proposal from the Centre’s Director, I was welcomed warmly and assisted most generously by everyone.
- Dr Shirin ShafaieRead More
For my interaction with Muslims all over the world, CMCS has created such a confidence in me. Not only can I interact with Muslim scholars, but I can also provide view points on Christian topics that they would like to learn from me.
- Matthew JeongRead More
CMCS offers an oasis of hospitality for Christians engaging with Muslims, to develop teaching opportunities, share research outcomes and deepen relationships. Its commitment to inter-faith encounter, grounded in biblical teaching is refreshing, equipping churches to draw alongside Muslim neighbours, without resorting to compromise or aggression.
- Sarah Snyder, Cambridge Interfaith Programme, Director of the Centre of Reconciliation at Rose Castle, CumbriaRead More
Throughout the course of history, Muslims and Christians have been encountering one another. This has sometimes been a negative and, at other times, a positive experience. The Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies offers both academic rigour and a firm commitment to biblical truth in promoting the study of this long history of Muslim-Christian relations. I am glad, as well as thankful, in being able to commend its work to all those who desire a greater knowledge of one of the most pressing concerns of our times.
- Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, President, OXTRADRead More
“I was intrigued anew at the intersection of religion with culture, gender, and life experiences in building religious identity (my own and others). Mostly Summer School brought home to me yet again that the more I learn, the less I know, about both religions.”Read More
“My experience has left me with an awareness of the importance of Christian-Muslim cooperation. We were given and shown many examples of Muslims and Christians working successfully together in handling problems from the grass roots up.”Read More
When I came to study at CMCS, ISIS was beginning to take territory in Syria. So many atrocities accompanied their reign of terror. That added a layer of intensity to my thought. During that time, Christians heard daily news that put Islam in the most negative light. In my own country and my own congregation, emotions were running high. The controversy about Islam was escalating. I was so thankful for the opportunity to learn more about Islam at that time.
- Guy Gray, Guided Reading studentRead More
Through the generous financial and academic support of CMCS, I have benefited tremendously both in my DPhil research and in my understanding of Islamic studies more generally. The academic staff have helped to create a safe yet rigorous environment in which I could explore and flourish as a junior scholar. I wholeheartedly recommend CMCS.
- Dr Richard Park, Assistant Professor of Theology & Ethics at Vanguard UniversityRead More
As a Middle Eastern Christian PhD student, my time at the Centre was inspiring and transforming. The discussions I had with profound scholars challenged but inspired and transformed the way in which I think of reading the Bible in my own Middle Eastern/Islamic context.
- Emad Botros (PhD student)Read More
Thank you for the best week I have spent in education! I hope the relationships we have built will last long into the future and we can support one another in our respective fields. I have learnt so much about myself through the summer school and have found confidence to speak about my own faith in a positive way.
- Muslim Summer School studentRead More