Centre for Islamic Studies (CIS)

The Centre for Islamic Studies (CIS) at SAIACS offers top-calibre academic degrees in Islamic Studies
in an evangelical, mission-friendly, South Asian environment. The purpose of the CIS is to awaken the South Asian Christian community to the opportunities to love and serve Muslims with the gospel.

Main CIS pageThis past year, in order to achieve that purpose, the CIS designed and offered its first “hybrid” course on the topic “The Qur’an and the Bible.” The January course combined a week of lectures at SAIACS with two weeks of online learning to accommodate students who could only come to campus for a week. CIS consultant Dr. Gordon Nickel taught for a week on campus as well as through video lectures for the online component.

Also to provide resources outside of the SAIACS circle, the CIS offered a one-day seminar in January after the first week of the hybrid course. “Biblical stories in Qur’anic garb” featured SAIACS Old Testament faculty Dr. Havilah Dharamraj along with two SAIACS biblical studies graduates in presentations on biblical characters who appear in the Qur’an. Dr. Havilah presented on “The binding of Isaac,” Prince Kumar spoke on David, Joe Thomas examined the Qur’anic Jesus, and Dr. Nickel opened the seminar with a study on Moses.

Upcoming Courses / Meetings


The Centre for Islamic Studies (CIS) at SAIACS is conducting a discussion on “South Asian Intercultural Understandings in Historical Perspective: Select Studies” together with the Asia editors of Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History, which has already published nine substantial volumes. Know more. A representative of Brill Academic Publishers will be present.

Main speakers for evening plenary sessions are Dr. David Thomas of the University of Birmingham, general editor of the CMR Bibliographical History volumes, and Dr. Charles Ramsey of Forman Christian College in Lahore.

Other special speakers include Dr. Gulfishan Khan of Aligarh Muslim University, Dr. Mujeebu Rehman of the University of Calicut, Dr. Peter Riddell of Australia and Dr. Alan Guenther of Canada.

The event is two days of plenary sessions, seminars and workshops held at the SAIACS CEO Centre just adjacent to the SAIACS campus.

Professors of Christian-Muslim Relations, Islamic Studies / Arabic, Urdu, Persian and History of India, Organization heads, seminary Principal, Christian scholars can attend this discussion.

If you’d like to attend and especially if you are a South Asian scholar who might be willing and able to contribute entries for the 18th and 19th-century volumes of CMR, do apply for an invitation to the discussion. To apply, write to Mr. Arputharaj – training.cis@saiacs.org

Beneficial Dimensions of the discussion:

  1. It will be a great opportunity for the South Asian participants to interact with top scholars on Islam from the western world.
  2. Since this discussion is academic in nature, it will give plenty of opportunities for academic exposure. This could be the first of its kind in India in the area of CMR.
  3. It will give a chance to hear from both the Christian and Muslim sides related of the topic, hence it will help to understand issues related to Christian-Muslim relationships.
  4. It will lay a platform for mutual understanding and growth.

Date: February 19-21, 2017
Venue: SAIACS CEO Centre
Regn. Fees: Rs. 2000.oo/- (incl. accommodation)
                     Rs. 500.oo/ – (without accommodation)