News and notices

November 21st.  Don't forget to send us your questions/issues/contributions for Monday's session.

Note that Wednesday's class recordings and Power Point are posted in 'Law, covenant, Israel'.


November 16th.  The recording of today's class is available here.


November 13th.  Do look at the posts people are putting up in the 'Ideas' section on the Share Space page.   There is an interesting recent posting from Fatima on Moses' journey from Surah 18.

The recordings from Wednesday Nov 11th are here.


November 9th. The recording and Power Point of Dr Shirin's lecture on Joseph is here.

October 28th  

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  Also an unpublished paper of mine which deals with one of the questions raised.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 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'. 

Here is an interesting Jewish reflection on the concept of 'chosenness'.  It is commenting on the Torah portion set for this week.


We plan to run a second level course on reading the Qur'an and the Bible in late Spring or early Summer 2020.   Any student who has completed Qur'an and Bible 1 is eligible to apply.

A brief outline of the course is here. 

Exact topics can be adjusted to cater to the interests of the students.

Please let Ida Glaser know if you are interested in taking this course.

There are recordings of the lectures from a very relevant 2016 conference on

'The Qur'an between Judaism and Christianity'


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 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.

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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