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First Houston Muslim & Christian Summer School

July 24th - 30th

a one-week intensive program that brings the next generation of Muslim and Christian religious, social, and educational leaders together to learn about each other's faith from fellow students and from participating scholars.



Research and Writing for Muslim-Christian Studies

You can do this start-any-time course at your own pace.   It is free of charge and includes the compulsory pre-requisite for students who wish to gain CMCS Houston credit for other courses. 

CMCS Houston Certificate in Muslim & Christian Studies

Students who have satisfactorily completed at least one of our online classes for credit are eligible to enroll for our            'Certificate in Muslim & Christian Studies'. This is a graduate level certificate which requires at least 15 credit hours from CMCS Houston or from our collaborating institutions.   

Our  Kaduna (Northern Nigeria) Co-ordinator, Rev Martins Adikwu, (center) with some of our students

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Approaches to Muslim & Christian Studies

Recordings are available from our Fall 2023 seminar series.

Dr Ida Glaser (CMCS Houston); 'Empires, prophets, and interfaith relationships: reading Daniel 1-6 in Islamic context.' 


Dr David Cook (Rice University); 'Glimpses of Christian-Muslim relations from Ibn Asakir's (1105-c.1176 CE) History of Damascus'


Dr Sam Ross (Texas Christian University); ''Those Who Believe in What Was Revealed Before” (Q2:4): A History of Muslim Exegetical Engagement with the Biblical Text'


Dr Philip Jenkins (Baylor University); 'Climate disasters and the shaping of early Christianity and Islam'



Dr Motaz Al-Thaher (CMCS Houston); 'Law and ethics:   the relevance of the reformation of maqasid (higher objectives of jurisprudence) for Muslim-Christian relations'   

CMCS Houston Inaugural Project

Daniel, Islam, Apocalyptic

We have now completed our series of symposia and our online group reading of the biblical Book of Daniel.   Dr Azadeh Rezaie is working with Dr Ida Glaser on a volume which will include papers from the symposia and a concise commentary on reading Daniel in Islamic context.


Summer School Registration NOW OPEN!

If you want to be inspired and equipped for teaching, working, and leading in study and service in or near Houston, THIS ONE-WEEK INTENSIVE PROGRAM IS FOR YOU! 


Please visit our Houston Summer School page to join!

Let's be friends!

ANNOUNCING THE CMCS HOUSTON FRIENDS SCHEME!   Join the friends, support our work, and get extra news, study opportunities, and meeting opportunities!  

Nigeria trip

Dr. Ida Glaser, Dr. David Coffey, and Dr. Motaz al-Thaher will visit our CMCSH Kaduna colleagues and students in February 2024.


Tea, Texts . . . and Dinner!

Thursday evenings.  Tea and chat 6.30 pm, textual study 7-9 pm, dinner 9 pm.

Please email if you wish to attend.

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Dr Ida Glaser's latest book, is co-authored with Anwarul Azad and a Bangaldeshi team.  It is the first of a new series of biblical commentaries from Muslim contexts which Dr Glaser edits with Dr Martin Accad of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon.

"Religious studies should be dialogues not monologues.  You need to enroll with others in discussions and dialogue, and the  CMCS courses provide this.  They include a very special combination of people from different religious backgrounds and cultures, who enrich the discussion and help [in] gaining knowledge and opening eyes to new perspectives. Moreover, the follow-up from the lecturers gives you the chance to develop your skills personally."

Motaz Al-Thaher, CMCS online course coordinator

Our Vision

To see Muslim and Christian relationships transformed through shared academic study and by following the example of Jesus, the Messiah.

Now more than ever our world needs understanding among peoples and nations that is grounded in honesty, transparency, and communication. 

President Robert Sloan, Houston Baptist University

I welcome this sincere effort to understand each other in a loving environment.

Dr. Ghulam Zarquani, Hijaz Muslim College 

We can all benefit from a humble interaction that is at once both uncompromising and respectful!

Rev. Dr. Greg Scharf, Bridge Trust USA

I strongly believe that this center is a step forward in building a more peaceful world where people of different faiths will learn to coexist for a better future.

Azizou Atte-oudeyi,

Doctoral Student, Rice University

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Learning to think

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