Catholic-Muslim Studies

Syed Atif Rizwan, PhD

Director of the Catholic Muslim Studies Program

Scott C. Alexander, PhD

Founding 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, 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.
CMSP Courses Include:
  • Community Organizing: Interfaith Perspective and Practice
  • The Qur’an and the Prophet Mohammad
  • The History of the Muslim-Christian Relations
  • Islamic Mysticism and Spirituality
  • Islam: Faith, History, and Modernity
  • Comparative Christian-Islamic Ethics
  • Hadith Studies
  • Islamic Law and Jurisprudence

Upcoming Events