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Fostering Mutual Understanding

Encountering Islam

About the Encountering Islam Initiative

The Encountering Islam initiative fosters mutual understanding and cooperation between Christians and Muslims. Emphasizing theological dialogue as a means of fostering interreligious appreciation and understanding, we sponsor opportunities to encounter one another through a variety of events.

We primarily focus on educational opportunities for the University of St. Thomas and wider community to learn more about Islam, and for theologians in both faiths to engage in theological exchange. Our events provide opportunities for students and the public to learn about Islam and/or Muslim-Christian Dialogue. Additionally, we aim to create teaching tools for St. Thomas faculty, and we collaborate with the Jay Phillips Center for Interreligious Studies to create programs aiding in Muslim-Christian relations.


Under the leadership of Dr. Terence Nichols and Dr. Adil Ozdemir, scholars were invited to write short commentaries on specific themes related to Muslim and Christian theology and spirituality.

Lectures and Events

Upcoming Events

Contact Information

Interested in learning more? We'd love to hear from you.

Phone: (651) 962-5473
Dr. Fuad Naeem: fsnaeem@stthomas.edu
Donna Matuszewski (Administrative Assistant): theology@stthomas.edu
Fax: (651) 962-5310

Mailing Address

University of St. Thomas: Encountering Islam Program
Mail #JRC 109
2115 Summit Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105

Campus Location

Our offices are located on the first floor of the John Roach Center for the Liberal Arts.