In 2011 Brill Academic Publishers published Gordon Nickel's monograph "Narratives of Tampering in the Earliest Commentaries on the Qur'an." Gordon has published widely in scholarly journals, collections and encyclopedias. In the recent years he 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.
by Dr. Gordon Nickel
The Muslim accusation of the corruption or deliberate falsification of pre-Qur'anic scriptures has been a major component of interfaith polemic for a millenium or more. The accusation has frequently sought attestation from a series of "tampering" verses in the Qur'an. Investigation of the interpretation of these verses in the earliest commentaries on the Qur'an, however, reveals a discrepancy between the confident polemical accusation and the tentative understandings of the first Muslims. Of greater interest to early commentators was a story of deception and obstinacy by the "People of the Book" in response to the truth claims of Islam. Focusing on the eighth-century commentary of Muqatil ibn Sulayman and the great exegetical compendium of al-tabari (d. 923), this book sketches the outlines of the earliest Muslim approach to pre-Qur'anic scriptures. The resulting discoveries provide a rare opportunity to peek behind the curtain of doctrinaire claim and polemical debate.
Narratives of Tampering in the Earliest Commentaries on the Qur'an
This book provides a unique treatment of Christian engagement with Muslims. The author offers provocative, innovative proposals for drawing on the Anabaptist peacemaking heritage.
Peaceable Witness Among Muslims
Sample chapters from Peaceable Witness
Chapter 3: Conversion from Islam to Christ
Chapter 4: Making Disciples
Chapter 6: Conversation with Muslims
Chapter 7: Lives of Love
Articles of Dr. Nickel published in collections:
"The Sunna of Allah Concerning This Who Passed Away Before"
The Italian Jesuit Rodolfo Acquaviva spent three years at the court of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, and wrote a series of letters from Akbar’s capital, Fatehpur Sikri, describing his experiences in religious engagement with Muslims. His letters record one of the most significant early Christian-Muslim religious encounters, in which Europeans peacefully entered and lived in a Muslim context.
“Responding to Da’wa: Potential ambiguities of an Interfaith appeal” in Islam and Christianity on the Edge
“The Islamic Punishment for Blasphemy” in Dynamics of Muslim Worlds
“Scholarly Reception of Alphonse Mingana’s ‘The Transmission of the Kur’an’” in
The Character of Christian-Muslim Encounter
The Power of the Lamb
About the book
This book is a response to the request for more teaching on the historic peace church witness. It was commissioned in 1981 by the Board of Christian Literature of the General Conference of Mennonite Brethren (MB) Churches. The pressing concern at the time was the shape of the Mennonite peace witness in a post-Vietnam and post-draft era in the United States. At the 1980 church convention of American MBs in Minneapolis, there were some who wondered if it was time to relax the MB commitment to the historic Mennonite peace witness. While the resolution to affirm the MB Confession of Faith's articulation of the peace position was overwhelmingly affirmed at that convention, the resolution included a request for clearer and more systematic teaching on peace. The book argues that Jesus' peace teaching is central to the gospel and to the mission of the church.