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Online Seminars

Admitted Truth 


A series of online lectures by Dr. David Coffey.  

These lectures explore the use of ideas which are admitted by both the Qur'an and

the Bible in discussions between Muslims and Christians.  You will hear about key

historical figures, and consider important themes which can form the basis for

constructive communication today.  Recordings of 'Admitted Truth' are 

available on our Resources page.


Lecture 1*:       January 14th, 21st, and 28th: Introduction: What is 'admitted truth'?

                             The historical lens: Muslim-Christian dialogue in the 7th-11th centuries A.D.


Lecture 2:         February 4th: Thinking about the sources:

                             Qur'an, Sunnah, Sirah; Old Testament, Gospels, writing by Jesus's disciples  


Lecture 3*:       February 11th and 25th: God: Essence and Nature, Attributes, Acts​

Lecture 4:         March 4th: Humanity, Sin and Salvation

Lecture 5:         March 11th: Biblical Prophets and Muhammad

Lecture 6*:       March 18th:  Messiah/Jesus

Lecture 7:         March 25th:  The end times/conclusions



Reading the Bible in the Context of Islam

Online seminar series presented in collaboration with the Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies at Oxford.

Recordings are available on our Resources page.

Tuesday May 5, 2020

"Blessed are the Peacemakers": Islamic Peace Ethics and Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan's reading of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5)

Dr Charles Ramsey, Baylor University (USA)

Tuesday May 19, 2020

Qur'anic Intertextuality with Jewish-Rabbinic Tradition: the Case of 'the Cow' in Q 2:67-74

Dr Ali Aghaei, Research Fellow, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Tuesday May 26th, 2020

No King But God (or Your Kingdom Come): A Theological Comparison of God’s Reign in the Biblical and Qur’anic Narratives of Abraham and David

Dr George Bristow, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Religion in the Middle East

Tuesday June 2nd, 2020

Making an Impact Centuries after Death: ‘Abdallāh al-Tarjumān (d. after 1424/828AH), Franciscan Friar, Convert to Islam and Harsh Critic of the Bible

Dr Martin Whittingham, Director, Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford

Tuesday June 9, 2020

Thirst as Analogy for the Longing for God in the Bible and Qur’an: The Psalm of Hagar

Dr Georgina Jardim, Fellow, Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford

Tuesday June 16, 2020

The Ordeal of the Bitter Water: The Qur'an's Reformulation of Numbers 5

Saqib Hussain, D.Phil Candidate, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, and Gladiator Trust Scholarship Holder, Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Rule of God in the Gospel of Mark and the Thoughts of Sayyid Qutb (d.1966)

Rev Sameh Ibrahim, Pastor - Presbyterian Church in Egypt 
Rev Fady Lous, Chaplain - Presbyterian Church (USA)

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Islamic Jeremiah according to Ibn ‘Asākir's History of Damascus

Dr David Cook, Rice University, Houston

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