Catholic-Muslim Studies

Scott C. Alexander, PhD

Director of the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program

Syed Atif Rizwan, PhD

Associate Director of the Catholic Muslim Studies Program

Enhancing mutual understanding, respect and cooperation

Rooted in the sacred teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Holy Qur’ān, the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program educates and trains dynamic scholars and leaders who can effectively promote mutual understanding, reconciliation, and cooperation between Muslims and Christians, in order to advance justice and compassion in the human family.


Founded in September of 2000, and ably directed ever since by Scott C. Alexander, PhD, CTU’s Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations and chair of the Theological Education Committee of the American Academy of Religion, the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program has come to be recognized both nationally and internationally as helping to set the standard for comprehensive interreligious studies and engagement programs in graduate theological education.

CMSP Programming

In Good Faith

For the past 8 years, the director has been the principal organizer of a highly successful trilateral dialogue program known as In Good Faith (IGF). The In Good Faith series, a decades-long commitment by CTU, is described as “Jews, Christians, and Muslims Sharing Perspectives on Issues that Matter to Our Faith Communities and to Our World.”  This series is an initiative of the Bernardin Center at CTU in partnership with First Analysis Institute of Integrative Studies.


CMSP’s 17-year commitment to recruiting and educating talented and highly motivated Muslim students for a variety of careers in interreligious and intercultural leadership.  Specifically, the gift affords CTU with the opportunity to award two full tuition scholarships dedicated to the recruitment of Muslim students to any one of our degree programs at either the masters or doctoral level.

Beloved Community Internship Initiative

This program—which began in the Fall of 2018—is designed to afford students the opportunity to integrate their theological studies with work for social transformation. CTU’s Beloved Community Interns will dedicate themselves to the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as they hone their skills in faith-based community organizing while serving as interns for partner institutions working in Chicago’s Marquette Park neighborhood.

CMSP Courses Include:
  • Community Organizing: Interfaith Perspective and Practice
  • Women in the Scriptures
  • The Qur’an and the Prophet Mohammad
  • The History of the Muslim-Christian Relations
  • Islamic Mysticism and Spirituality
  • Abraham’s Children

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