Purpose

The Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths (CSIOF) was established on 1 January 2008, and has to date devoted its time to offering a range of teaching programs at certificate through to postgraduate levels, providing supervision to postgraduate research students, running community short courses, and being available for comment to the media on matters to do with inter-religious relations. The Centre is designed to equip students at various levels both to understand and to engage with people of other faith. Our core goal is to equip churches and para-church agencies with skilled graduates who can provide reliable advice on matters to do with other religions. The CSIOF serves as a point of reference for individuals and agencies, including the media, who seek specialist advice on inter-religious affairs in the modern world.
The CSIOF seeks to prepare Christian men and women to engage with people of other faiths, be it in a local context or in another country, through the study of other religions. If you are interested in broadening your understanding of other religions, and deepening your level of engagement with those of other faiths, then study with the CSIOF is for you.

Postgraduate Opportunities

The CSIOF is also attracting increasing attention from would be postgraduate students who see higher level study of Islam and other faiths as equipping them for their own particular vocation, especially in the fields of ministry and mission. To meet these needs the CSIOF has designed a Master of Arts in Christian Studies (Islam and Other Faiths), that can be taken by students who have graduated in non-theological fields. As for those who have an undergraduate degree in theology, they can take a specialist Master of Arts (Ministry) specialising in the study of Islam and other faiths. There is also the option for postgraduate students to take research degrees in this field as well.

Publications

The CSIOF annually produces two publications which contain articles, reviews and commentary on issues concerning Christian-Muslim relations and interactions with those of other faiths. Please contact the Centre for more information on subscribing to the CSIOF Bulletin and the CSIOF Occasional Papers. The CSIOF Faculty also continually write articles and scholarly papers for publication in books, journals, Christian magazines, and other external media publications.
Bernie Power
Bernie PowerMissiologist

Bernie’s area of expertise is in the comparative study of Islam and Christianity. He lectures on the life of Muhammad, the Qur’an, the Hadith, Apologetics, and Christian Ministry in Islamic contexts.

Bernie grew up in Sydney. He has lived and taught in Australia and the UK and various countries in Asia and the Middle East. In his spare time Bernie enjoys reading, bike riding and bushwalking.

    Peter Riddell
    Peter RiddellDirector CSIOF

    Peter completed his PhD at the Australian National University, focusing on Islam in Southeast Asia. He studied Qur’anic Exegesis at L’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes/Sorbonne (Paris) and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

    He has previously taught at the Australian National University, the Institut Pertanian Bogor (Indonesia), the London School of Oriental and African Studies, and was appointed as Professor of Islamic Studies at the London School of Theology, where he served from 1996-2007 as the founding Director of the Centre for Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Relations. In addition to his present MST appointment, Peter is also a Professorial Research Associate in the Department of History, SOAS, University of London.

    Peter has published widely on Southeast Asia, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. His books include Transferring a Tradition (Berkeley, Centers for South and Southeast Asian Studies, Univ. California, 1990); Islam and the Malay-Indonesian World: Transmission and Responses (London, Hurst, 2001); Islam in Context (with Peter Cotterell, Grand Rapids, Baker, 2003); and Christians and Muslims: pressures and potential in a post-9/11 world (Leicester, IVP, 2004).

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