Does the importance of the Bible extend beyond Jewish and Christian traditions? How has the Bible played a role in the origins and development of Islam? Join Museum of the Bible for a discussion about the relationship between the Bible and the Qur’an. Hear from Dr. Gabriel Reynolds – author of The Qur’an and the Bible and Allah: God in the Qur’an – on how the Qur’an is part of the larger story of the Bible’s impact on the world. The evening will include a panel of engaging respondents and an audience Q & A. This is both an in-person and virtual event.
Mustafa Akyol is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, where he focuses on the intersection of public policy, Islam and modernity. Since 2013, he is also a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, commenting on matters of democracy and human rights in his native Turkey and the broader Muslim world. His published books include Islam without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty (W. W. Norton, 2011) and The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims (St. Martin’s Press, 2017).
Ryann Elizabeth Craig received her PhD in Semitics at the Catholic University of America while in residence as a doctoral Fellow at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem (2017–2019). She is now the Director of Student Programs for the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, with a teaching appointment in the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Her research focuses on the use of Qur’anic prooftexts in Christian Arabic and Syriac sources. She recently served as copyeditor for IQSA’s journal and monograph series and as project manager for the Christian Communities of the Middle East Project, a cultural heritage preservation initiative at Catholic University. Her coedited volume, A Contested Coexistence: Insights in Arabic Christianity from Theology to Migration, with Vasile-Octavian Mihoc is forthcoming (Harrassowitz, 2020).
Ayman Ibrahim, who was born and raised in Egypt, is currently the Bill and Connie Jenkins Professor of Islamic Studies and director of Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam.
He has completed two PhDs in Islamic Studies (Fuller 2014, Haifa University 2018). Since 1991, he has taught in various countries in the Muslim world and in the West at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary in the United States, and at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon. He is a member of the Center for the Study of Inter-Religious Encounters at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, the International Quranic Studies Association, and the Evangelical Theological Society.
He has authored Conversion to Islam (Oxford University Press, 2021), Basics of Arabic (Zondervan 2021), A Concise Guide to the Quran (Baker Academic, 2020), The Stated Motivations for the Early Islamic Expansion (Peter Lang, 2018), and co-edited Muslim Conversions to Christ: A Critique of Insider Movements in Islamic Contexts (Peter Lang, 2018). His articles on Islam and Christian-Muslim relations have appeared numerous publications.
He has been married since 2012 and serves, together with his wife, among Arabs in the United States and the Middle East.
Gabriel Said Reynolds did his doctoral work in Islamic Studies at Yale University. Currently, he researches the Qur'ān and Muslim/Christian relations and is the Crowley Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology in the Department of Theology at Notre Dame. From 2012–2013, Reynolds directed, along with Mehdi Azaiez, “The Qurʾān Seminar,” a year-long collaborative project dedicated to encouraging dialogue among scholars of the Qurʾān, the acts of which appeared as The Qurʾān Seminar Commentary (De Gruyter, 2016). He is the author of The Qurʾan and the Bible (Yale, 2018) and Allah: God in the Qur’an (Yale, 2020), among other works. At Notre Dame, he teaches courses on theology, Muslim/Christian relations, and Islamic origins.