Pre-course meeting

Wednesday February 17th  

0800-1000 Houston time. 

An opportunity to meet some of the teachers, to learn about the ethos of CMCS Houston, and to get all the bits of information you will need in order to access the course material.  The meeting is compulsory for all students who have not previously attended a CMCS Houston course.  Other students are also welcome.

News and notices

February 22nd

The Power Point and recording for today's session are posted on the Program page.

If you appreciated Dr Georgina Jardim's comments from South Africa, you might wish to read this paper:

Georgina Jardim, 'Muslim women against apartheid: Muslim women for universal values', in The Journal of Scriptural Reasoning, Vol 14 No 2, 2015.


Required pre-reading can be found in the 'General and Pre-reading' topic on the Class Material page.

Students who have done no previous academic study of the Qur'an are required to read an introduction from the 'Introductions to the Qur'an' section.  Students who have done no previous academic study of the Bible are required to read an introduction from the 'Introductions to the Bible' section.

This is the classroom for the Contemporary Issues in Muslim & Christian Dialogue course, Feb-April 2021


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 assignments.

'Useful links' - FREELY AVAILABLE online data bases, 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.


This is an academic course.  You will study a series of theological and practical issues which are the subjects of many discussions between Muslims and Christians in today's world.  Please note that you are expected to do 2-4 hours private study per week during this course.


In the first part of the course, the Monday and Wednesday lecture classes will feature Muslim and Christian speakers taking historical and scriptural approaches to theological topics.   You will be expected to do set reading, to take part in class discussions and to write a weekly reflection.  


The second part of the course will consider practical issues, many of which will be presented through student presentations.   Each student will be part of an 'Issue Group' which will meet at least 3 times to study the issue together and to prepare their allocated presentation.  You will be expected to submit a written assignment on an aspect of your chosen issue at the end of the course.

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.

The Course Leaders

Motaz Al-Thaher

Motaz is currently a visiting scholar in the Philosophy Department at Baylor University, Waco, Texas.  He is working on a Ph.D. in the philosophy of Islamic law from the International Islamic University of Malaysia.
He is a mechanical engineer, entrepreneur, co-founder of SOLVillion, which is a startup, specialized in water solutions in Jordan, and A Business Development Manager of Fatabyyano fact-checking platform in the MENA region. Recently he joined the Maqasid Institute as the Manager of the  “Maqasid Scholars Training Program “.

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).   

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