Qur'an and Bible 1: Torah

5th Oct - 23rd Nov 2020

"The more Torah, the more life; The more sitting, the more wisdom; The more counsel, the more understanding; The more charity, the more peace."

מַרְבֶּה תוֹרָה, מַרְבֶּה חַיִּים. מַרְבֶּה יְשִׁיבָה, מַרְבֶּה חָכְמָה. מַרְבֶּה עֵצָה, מַרְבֶּה תְבוּנָה. מַרְבֶּה צְדָקָה, מַרְבֶּה שָׁלוֹם

Pirkei Avot 2:7

News and notices

October 28th  

Recordings and Power Points from today's session are now in the class material.  Also Dr Shirin's Power Point from last Wednesday. I have put Eleanor and Motaz's very interesting analysis of the questions from last Wednesday's 'Chat' on this page and also into the post on discussion and reflection on Cain and Abel.  Also an unpublished paper of mine which deals with one of the questions raised.

October 26th  The recording and power point from Monday October 26th are under topic 5. Noah.  The recording of Dr Shirin Shafaie's lecture from October 22nd is under topic 4. Comparing Scriptures

October 20th  The recordings and power points from Monday October 19th are under topic 3. Cain and Abel, where you will also find the discussion questions and written assignment for this week.



October 14th  I have put some general comments about your assignments on the 'Discussion questions and reflection assignments' post for topic 1. Creation.  I have also put there one very good assignment, and I would encourage you all to read it.

October 10th To upload your written assignment, you need to open the '1. Creation' folder in 'File Share', and then upload your document into that.  If you have problems, email it to Ida Glaser.

October 6th The recording of the 'Introduction to Library Resources' session is here.

Students were sent the login details for the Houston Baptist University library in an email entitled 'Important Information for Qur'an and Bible 1'. 

Eleanor and Motaz's analysis of the Chat is


Ida's paper which includes the question of how far the New Testament Gospels are similar to the Hadith is 


Accessing Material

For access to material on this website, you need to sign up for site membership, and then to log in (with your email and your chosen password) every time you want to get into the site.  If you stay logged in for too long, you may have to log out and log in again in order to get access (e.g. a folder may tell you that it is empty, when it actually has lots of things in it.

For access to the Houston Baptist University library, you need to use the email and password which were sent to you in the 'Important Information' email at the start of the course.  Some of the links from this site will take you to the HBU website, and you will need to sign in in order to access the material.

Only people who have registered to take the course will be admitted as members.

Course registration is now closed.

This is the classroom for the Qur'an and Bible 1 course, fall 2020


On this site, you will find:

Details of the class program - what is happening in each class.

The Zoom links for the main online classes are posted on this page.

'Class material', where you will find reading and other material for the classes.   Any recordings of lectures and class sessions will also be available here.  


'Members chat' (bottom right of every page), where you can 'chat' with others in the class.  You can also set up group chats.

'Share Space' where you can share ideas and set up group discussions.

'File Share', where you can upload your weekly reflection assignments.

'Useful links' - FREELY AVAILABLE online data bases, Bible and Qur'an study resources etc.

Building Respect, Seeking Truth

An important part of the ethos of CMCS Houston is summed up in the phrase, 'Building Respect, Seeking Truth'.  We expect all course participants to respect other people and to speak truth and seek truth.

Of course, not everyone will agree with everyone else, and there is a great deal at stake in our beliefs.  But we are all here to learn, and we all need to respect each other even when we disagree with each other.

Guidelines for discussion


This course will focus on reading the primary texts - the Torah and the Qur'an.  You will learn to read them in themselves, and through the eyes of different interpreters.  You will learn to read the Torah and the Qur'an alongside each other, and to do that with Christians and Muslims studying together.  This means that your private study (which should take 2-4 hours per week) and the local discussion classes are your major learning opportunities.  The Monday and Wednesday lecture classes are designed to equip you for studying the scriptural texts.

Library access

Students will be given an email and password that will give them access to the online resources of Houston Baptist University's library. You will need to log into the library in order to access some of the recommended course reading.  You are also free to access any other of the available resources during the course, and for four weeks after the completion of the course.    


They have a 'Library Guides' page.  Students who are new to online library research should look at the 'Library Research' section on that page.

The 'Philosophy and Religion' tab on the Data Bases page gives links to places where you can search journals and access e-books.

Meet The Teachers

Dr Shirin Shafaie

Dr Shafaie holds masters degrees in Philosophy from Iran, and in Middle East Politics and Film and TV from the UK. She completed her doctoral research on ‘Contemporary Iranian War Narratives' at SOAS, University of London, where she has taught Middle East Politics. She is a research fellow at the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford, as part of the ‘Reading the Bible in the Context of Islam’ project and is currently writing a book on 'Reading Gen. 37- 50 in conversation with Shia Islam'. 

Dr Georgina Jardim

Dr Jardim is responsible for international partnership development at the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford.  Her Ph.D., from the University of Gloucestershire, UK, is published as Recovering the Female Voice in Islamic Scripture: Women and Silence (2014).  She has taught in the areas of Islam, Christian-Muslim relations and scriptural engagement in  South Africa and the UK, and is active in facilitating engagement between ‘everyday’ Christians and Muslims.  Her academic research interests are in scriptural reasoning and the intersection of religion and women’s studies   

Dr Ida Glaser

Dr Glaser is the Director of CMCS Houston and one of the Founding Fellows of the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford, where she  directs the 'Reading the Bible in the Context of Islam' research project.  She holds an M.Phil in Theoretical Physics from Imperial College, London and a Ph.D. in comparative theology from the University of Durham.   Her publications include The Bible and Other Faiths (2005), Thinking Biblically about Islam (2016), and Reading the Bible in Islamic Context (2018).   

Dr Ghulam Zarquani Qadri

Dr. Zarquani obtained his PhD in Arabic Language and Literature in 2004 from J.M.I University,Delhi, India.  He has authored many books in Arabic, English, and Urdu, and is columnist for Inquilab, the leading Urdu newspaper in India.  He is the founder and chairman of Hijaz Foundation of America, Inc., a non-profit organization located in Houston, TX, and is currently the dean of Hijaz Muslim College.

Sam Nwokoro

Sam is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, and a faculty member at the Theological College of Northern Nigeria.  His research focusses on Christian-Muslim relations in the 8th century CE.

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