• Join us for a Hot Topics forum

    Our second "Hot Topics" event will look at the characters of Ishmael, Sarah and Hagar, the relationships between them and the faiths their descendents follow. This will draw on the work of CMCS Research Fellow, Dr Shabbir Akhtar and his study of Paul's writings.
  • Follow Dr Swanson's blog

    Centre Co-Director, Dr Dwight Swanson, has recently been away on Sabbatical, and is sharing his experiences from the Middle East on our blog. Why not check it out?


Welcome to the website of the Manchester Centre for the Study of Christianity and Islam.

The Centre is a project supported by Nazarene Theological College, aiming to create a centre of educational excellence in the area of Christianity and Islam.

If you would like to receive regular email updates about our work, why not sign up to our mailing list? You don't have to be Christian (or Muslim, for that matter).

Next events


If you would like to talk to someone about the centre and what we can offer, contact the Centre Directors.

Revd. Canon Phil Rawlings: phil@mcsci.org.uk

Revd. Dr. Dwight D. Swanson: dwight@mcsci.org.uk

Anne Davies (Executive Director): anne@mcsci.org.uk

The Vision

The centre seeks to work through teaching, learning, resourcing, equipping, and facilitating encounter and reflection in multiple ways.

¨ at the grassroots, to engage people and churches and raise awareness of the need for Christians to encounter Muslim people and develop an understanding of the Islamic faith, traditions and practices;

¨ by developing specific classes and programmes that explore ways Christians can encounter and engage with Islam in local and global settings;

¨ partnering with others to train people engaged in mission;

¨ developing research-led practice in relation to Islam and Christianity; with academic excellence, resourcing the global church with specialists.

photo of the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem