Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths
The Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths (CSIOF) is a specialist Centre within MST, the only one of its kind in Australia. The Centre offers community courses, undergraduate study and supervision to postgraduate research students by world class scholars of Islam and other faiths. Led by Vice-Principal (Academic) Professor Peter Riddell and our Missiologist, Dr Bernie Power, the CSIOF is one of MST’s greatest strengths and unique differences. The Centre has devoted its time to offering a range of teaching programs at undergraduate through to postgraduate levels, providing supervision for research projects, running community short courses, and being available for comment to the media on matters to do with inter-religious relations.
Over the years, Australia has welcomed immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers from many different countries with their own religious and cultural traditions. While the official government policy is one of multiculturalism, the church here in Australia needs to be equipped to minister effectively to this diverse group of people. The study of Islam and other faiths is, of course, not only relevant to those wishing to seek formal qualifications, but also offers key opportunities for those in the churches and the broader community. To meet this need, the CSIOF offers a range of exciting activities: a set of four community courses, the annual Leonard Buck Lecture in Missiology, an annual Spring Symposium addressing topics of current interest, an Annual Dinner, as well as various ad-hoc speaking and writing inputs to the churches and wider community.