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 Professor Andrew Rippin at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His dissertation focus was the theme of tampering with the previous scriptures as developed in the earliest commentaries on the Qur'an. He also has an M.A. in Hebrew Bible and has done doctoral studies in Indian Islam at Osmania University. 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. In 2011 Brill Academic Publishers published Gordon's monograph "Narratives of Tampering in the Earliest Commentaries on the Qur'an." He has published widely in scholarly journals, collections and encyclopedias. 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, Columbia International University, and the University of Calgary, where he is adjunct professor of Islamic Studies. His most recent book is a scholarly response to polemic titled, "The Gentle Answer to the Muslim Accusation of Biblical Falsification," available online from amazon in Europe and North America.

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