Qur'an and Bible 1:  Torah

October 5th - November 23rd 2020


The CMCS Houston and CMCS Oxford team:  Dr Ida Glaser,  Dr Georgina Jardim, Dr Shirin Shafaie

From the Theological College of Northern Nigeria, whose master's students are offered this course for credit:  Samuel Nwokoro

Special lectures from: Dr Ghulam Zarquani (Hijaz Muslim College, Houston), Rabbi Oren Hayon (Emanu El Synagogue, Houston), Dr Paul Sloan (Houston Baptist University)

Online classes will be taught on Mondays and Wednesdays 0800-1000 Houston time.    There will be additional discussion classes organised according to student locality.

The full cost is $800 per student, reduced to $300 for students from the 'majority world'.   


CMCS Houston has some half and full scholarships available.  To request a scholarship, write to by September 5th.  Include a c.v., a letter of application which explains why you need a scholarship; how you expect this course to help you in your studies and future work; and how you plan to use your learning to make a difference to Muslim-Christian relations.  You should also give contact details for two referees who will support your application.

Qur'an and Bible 1 introduces students to the concept of reading the Holy Books together.  It then develops biblical and qur'anic understandings of sacred history through a study of the narratives from Adam to Moses.


We begin by considering the nature of the Qur'an and of the Bible, and how they are regarded by Muslims, by Christians and by Jews.  We then focus on the Torah, and ask how it is regarded in the New Testament and in the Qur'an.


The next stage is to develop skill in intertextual reading through a series of studies of characters common to the Qur'an and the Bible. This will be the core learning for the course.  Students will be encouraged to view the texts through their own and each other's interpretative traditions as well as to study the texts themselves.


We will then be in a position to reflect on the questions about interpretation that are raised by the texts and the traditions, and on how current readers from different faith traditions handle those questions. We will finish by considering what we have learnt about the nature of the Holy Books we have been studying.


Topic 1: Learning to read Holy Books

Topic 2: Adam and Eve

Topic 3: Cain and Abel

Topic 4: Noah

Topic 5: Abraham and his sons

Topic 6: Jacob and his children

Topic 7: Moses and his family

Topic 8: Interpreting the narratives

Topic 9: Interpreting the law

Topic 10: Thinking about Holy Books

The right choice!

Worku Mohammed, Ethiopia

This class is suitable for accreditation at master's or final year undergraduate level. It offers 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: Biblical Studies, Qur'anic Studies, Classical Arabic, Biblical Hebrew, New Testament Greek

Whether you are an academic, a seminarian, a mosque member, church member, or none of those,

if you would like more information, someone from the Center would be glad to contact you to explain more about it.

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