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In Australia today, as in all Western countries, there are growing Muslim communities. Increasingly, many of us have Muslim neighbours and co-workers. Moreover, radical Islam is on the move around the globe in ways we are constantly reminded of in global news stories. These developments provide the church with many evangelistic, apologetic, social and political challenges. We are so glad that you are joining with RZIM and Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam, Melbourne School of Theology in recognising and seeking to respond to these challenges biblically and thoughtfully.

These events are designed for family members, students, churches, small groups, and anyone interested in the questions raised by the interaction between Islam and Christianity. Please join us in praying for a wonderful time of spiritual renewal and greater understanding of our Muslim friends.

Melbourne School of Theology
5 Burwood Hwy
Wantirna VIC

Friday, 7 April 2017

Saturday, 8 April 2017

$100 General Admission
$50 Students

Prices include all meals and materials throughout the conference.


Dr Andy Bannister

Andy holds a PhD in Islamic studies, a topic on which he has taught extensively. He has spoken and taught at universities across throughout the world on both Islam and philosophy and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Arthur Jeffery Centre at Melbourne School of Theology.

Dr Richard Shumack

Richard is the Director of The Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam. Richard is based in Sydney with his wife and four sons. He has studied extensively on the Islamic faith and has worked as a fellow specialising in philosophy of religion with the Centre for Public Christianity. He is also involved with the Understanding and Answering Islam team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Richard teaches regularly on ministry in Muslim contexts in Australian colleges, universities, churches and schools. His publications include Witnessing to Western Muslims and the philosophical apologetic The Wisdom of Islam and the Foolishness of Christianity.

Dr Bernie Power

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.

Dr Peter Riddell

Peter has published widely on Southeast Asia, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. 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.

Rev Dr Mark Durie

Mark Durie is the founding director of the Institute for Spiritual Awareess, a Shillman-Ginsburg writing fellow with the Middle East Forum, and an Adjunct Research Fellow of the Centre for the Arthur Jeffery Centre at Melbourne School of Theology. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Leiden, MIT, UCLA and Stanford, and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

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