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 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).
What Our Students Are Saying
“If we are to serve effectively in a multi-faith, multicultural Australia and we need to understand the rich diversity that can be expressed by adherents of any one faith system. That’s why I value CSIOF classes such as: Islam - History and Institutions, and Christian Ministry in Islamic Contexts. I highly recommend these, (and the other CSIOF subjects) for anyone who is committed to thoughtful and productive engagement. These subjects have helped me to avoid unhelpful stereotypes and given me, not only a heightened assurance in my own Christian faith, but the ability to confidently engage and minister to Muslims as individual people – right here in Victoria!”
"Studying with CSIOF has benefited me greatly both in the academic sphere, and in the sphere of practical ministry. I have deepened my knowledge of Islam, gained a better understanding of the close connections between the early Islamic history and various processes taking place in the contemporary Muslim world, and acquired important skills in bringing the Good News to Muslims."