About Gordon Nickel


Gordon Nickel is a Christian scholar who researches the interplay between Islam and the Gospel, especially between the Qur'an and the New Testament. He approaches Islam and the Qur'an from both academic and personal angles. He began his study of Islam at the School of Oriental and African Studies in 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. Gordon's personal experience of Muslims and their daily expressions of faith and life came during 10 years of teaching in Christian institutions in South Asia, first in Karachi, Pakistan, then in Hyderabad, India. He is interested in the truth claims which Muslims make for their scripture 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." Gordon presently continues his research and writing on the origins of Islam and the earliest commentaries on the Qur'an while teaching university sessional courses on the Qur'an and Islam in the Modern World.