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Seminar: Muslim preaching of the Bible and Christian tafsir of the Qur’an in East Africa

  • John Chesworth, University of Birmingham
Thursday 2 June 2016
Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden

Competition between Islam and Christianity in East Africa is intense. One approach is to use the Bible and Qur’an in order to persuade the ‘other’. This seminar will examine how Muslim preachers of the Bible (Wahubiri Waislamu wa Biblia), influenced by Ahmed Deedat, began to hold public meetings (mihadhara) using the Bible to show the truth of Islam. In order to develop a response, some Christians began to interpret (tafsir) the Qur’an to show its errors. Both Muslims and Christians produced tracts, based on their meetings, to spread their message to a wider audience.


John Chesworth, University of Birmingham

John Chesworth is a Research Officer at the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham. Among his most recent publications: The Character of Christian-Muslim Encounter: Essays in Honour of David Thomas, D. Pratt, J. Hoover, J. Davies and J. Chesworth (eds) (Leiden: Brill, 2015) andChristian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History 1500-1900, volume 6 onwards D. Thomas and J. Chesworth (eds) (Leiden: Brill, 2014 onwards).


Gerard van de Bruinhorst, African Studies Centre Leiden



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