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The Psalms and the Qur’an: Reading the Psalms in Qur’anic Context

Fall 2024

Wednesdays xxxx xxth - xxx xxxth

Course leaders:  Dr Ida Glaser and Motaz Al-Thaher

Speakers and facilitators include:  

This course will have classes on Wednesdays 8:00 am-10:00 am Houston time.

Students will also be required to attend weekly group sessions, which may be held face-to-face or online.  Each group will research and present a contemporary practical dialogue topic during the second part of the course.

Students who wish to obtain CMCS Houston credit for this course are required to complete the first four modules of our 'Research and Writing for Muslim & Christian Studies' prior to the start of the course.   This course may be begun at any time - students are advised to begin as soon as possible.

The course cost is $400, reduced to $150 for auditing and majority world students. 


CMCS Houston has full and half-scholarships available.  To apply for a scholarship, email a letter of application together with your c.v. and contact details of two referees to

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A 3 credit-hour course which can be taught over 5, 7 or 10 weeks.

There are several questions which have been regularly addressed in discussions between Muslims and Christians ever since the seventh century. Recent times have seen more 'frequently asked questions' added to the list.   This course will take a historical, theological and practical approach to exploring  issues past and present.

HISTORICALLY, how have people dealt with the issues in the past?  How have discussions developed?  And why have fresh issues arisen in today's world?

THEOLOGICALLY, how can we understand the issues?    What are the similarities and differences in Muslim and Christian views of God and of humanity which give rise to the issues?  Are there theological approaches which can help to resolve tensions?

PRACTICALLY, how might Muslims and Christians living together in today's world deal with the issues in constructive ways?   How does all this relate to people who are neither Muslim nor Christian?

Part 1 deals with theological issues, and Part 2 with practical issues.   The topics covered can be adjusted according to the interests of the particular students in any class.

This class will be suitable for accreditation at master's or final year undergraduate level. It will offer 3 credit hours (40-45 hours of class or recorded online learning, with approx 90 hours of additional study and writing expected from each student). Preference will be given to students who have completed accredited modules/units of study (or the equivalent) in at least two of the following areas:  History, Islamic Studies, Christian Theology, Islamic History, History of Christianity, Literature.

I am a PhD student at the International Islamic University Malaysia which has a majority of Muslims, which means that discussions go in one way.  Attending this course gave me the opportunity to discuss with Christians in the majority, majority and that gave the discussion new perspectives and directions… I believe that the crucial investment is the investment in education and that scientific dialogue is more important than show and media dialogue. Any dialogue about others must include others…[It] was a great opportunity to connect with other people from different cultures, backgrounds, languages and religions and CMCS facilitated this in a very friendly, open minded, diverse environment. Thank you!

Visiting Jordanian scholar at Baylor University, Texas

Program for the course:

  1. A Muslim Reception History of the Psalms

  2. Jewish Reception History: 1000BCE to 1000CE

  3. Christian Reception History: 100CE to 1000CE

  4. The Qur’an and the Psalms (form)

  5. The Qur’an and the Psalms (function)

  6. Hadith and the Psalms (The Prayers of Islam)

  7. Muslim History and the Psalms (David and Muhammad)

  8. Muslim Imagination and the Psalms (The Muslim Psalms)

  9. A Muslim Reception History of Psalms 1, 2 and 8

  10. A Muslim Reception History of Psalms 18, 23 and 37

  11. A Muslim Reception History of the penitential psalms

  12. A Muslim Reception History of the Psalms of Ascent

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