About Gordon Nickel


Gordon Nickel is a Christian scholar who researches the interaction between Islam and the Gospel, especially between the Qur'an and the New Testament. He approaches Islam and the Qur'an from both academic study and personal experience. He began his study of Islam at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he completed an M.A. in South Asian Islam and wrote a thesis on Shah Wali Allah's principles of Qur'anic exegesis. He researched and wrote his PhD dissertation under Dr. Andrew Rippin at the University of Calgary. His dissertation focus was the theme of 'tampering with the earlier scriptures' as developed in the earliest commentaries on the Qur'an. He also has an M.A. in Hebrew Bible. Gordon's personal experience of Muslims and their daily expressions of faith and life came during 10 years of teaching in Christian colleges in South Asia, first in Karachi, Pakistan, then in Hyderabad, India. He is interested in the truth claims which Muslims make for their scripture, their messenger and their religion, and the ways in which Muslims judge everything else by those claims. In 2011 Brill Academic Publishers published Gordon's monograph "Narratives of Tampering in the Earliest Commentaries on the Qur'an." In recent years Gordon has taught on Islam and the Qur'an at Associated Canadian Theological Schools, the University of British Columbia, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, the University of Calgary, and Columbia International University. He just completed a book in response to Muslim polemic against the Bible. He is now establishing a Centre for Islamic Studies at a Christian graduate school in South Asia.