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Muslim Summer Studies

June 02, 2014

Want to reach Muslims with the gospel, but just are not sure how? Maybe you’ve already been on the “frontlines,” ministering to Muslim and just need to have a few questions answered. The Zwemer Center for Muslims Studies at Columbia International University has a full slate of summer events that will assist you.

Zwemer Institute Director, Dr. Jerry Rankin says each of the events will help you “engage Muslims with the gospel in a sensitive and compassionate way.”

At CIU June 16-27

Columbia International University is offering these one-week intensive courses for credit or for audit:

June 16-20 Addressing Muslim Concerns; Matthew Stone, Ph.D. 

Learn to address specific Muslim misunderstandings and objections to core Christian beliefs. The course analyzes Muslim claims in reference to the Qur’an, traditions and Muhammad, the prophet of Islam.

June 23-27 Understanding Muslim Identities; Moyra Dale, Ph.D.

Explore the complex issues of identity formation in Muslim communities. Special attention is given to issues of culture, faith, gender and texts in light of evolving contemporary Muslim societies. 

For-Credit students register at ciu.edu/muslimstudies. Classes are from 8 a.m. to 5p.m. Monday-Friday. Lunch is available at the CIU cafeteria. Housing is available through CIU as well. For housing arrangements for families, please contact amarion@ciu.edu; for singles contact kyle.simmons@mailbox.ciu.edu.  

Frontline Conference; July 24 at 5 p.m. to July 26 at noon; Christar Offices, Richardson, Texas

“Exploring Fruitful Practices” is a gathering for missionaries, churches, and others engaged in Muslim outreach to hear reports and testimonies as well as discuss strategies, challenges and fruitful methodology. Topics include: Fruitful Practices, Partnerships with MBBs (Muslim Background Believers), Teams Engaging Muslims, Themes of Engagement, Reporting and Measurement, Engaging Muslim Diaspora, and Regional Case Studies.  

Zwemer Institute's 35th Anniversary July 28 to Aug. 1

The Zwemer Center will return to its roots in July when it conducts a training institute at the U.S. Center for World Mission (USCWM) in Pasadena, Calif. where it was founded in 1979. The week celebrating the Zwemer Center’s 35th anniversary focuses on a comprehensive understanding of how to relate to Muslims for the purpose of Christian witness. The training is being offered in partnership with the Ralph D. Winter Research Center and will include such renowned scholars and missiologists as Warren Larson and Phil Parshall.  

For information on all these events visit: http://www.zwemerinstitute.com/.