John Chesworth: Project officer

Dr John Chesworth is Research Officer for the Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History 1500-1900 project. 

John-ChesworthFrom 2008 he worked at the Centre for Christian-Muslim Studies,  an Independent Research Centre in Oxford, where he spent four years running the weekly work-in-progress seminar programme and establishing the library.

He is an Honorary Research Fellow at St. Stephen's House, Oxford, and has spent four years as editor of Christian-Muslim News Digest for Network for Inter faith Concerns (NIFCON). 

Previously he co-developed the MA and Post-Graduate Diploma courses in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at St. Paul’s United Theological College (now St. Paul’s University), Limuru, Kenya. At St Paul's he was a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director of Postgraduate Courses in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, teaching courses on Islam in Africa, Christian-Muslim Relations and Islamic Theology.

He is an Associate Member of Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, University of Bayreuth and joint editor with Dr. Franz Kogelmann, University of Bayreuth, of the online publication series Muslim-Christian Relations in Africa and Muslims and Islam in Africa.

Selected publications

  • Shari‘a in Africa Today: Reactions and Responses, John Chesworth and Franz Kogelmann (eds.), (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming)
  • ‘Ahmed Deedat (1919-2005) in Encyclopaedia of the Bible and its Reception, (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2012)
  • ‘Kadhi’s Courts in Kenya: Reactions and Responses’, Constitutional Review in Kenya and Kadhis Courts, Abdulkader Tayob & Joseph Wandera (eds.), (Cape Town: Centre for Contemporary Islam, University of Cape Town, 2011), pp. 3-17.
  • ‘Polemical Revival: Attacking the Other’s Texts’, Interreligious Hermeneutics in Pluralistic Europe: Between Texts and People, Cheetham, David, Ulrich Winkler, Oddbjørn Leirvik and Judith Gruber (eds.), (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi 2011), pp. 355-377.
  • ‘The Church and Islam: Vyama Vingi (Multipartyism) and the Ufungamano Talks’, In Religion and Politics in Kenya, ed. B. Knighton, (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2009), pp. 155-180.  
  • The Use of Scripture in Swahili Tracts by Muslims and Christians in East Africa’ (University of Birmingham 2008)
  • ‘The Cross and ‘Outreach’ Literature in East Africa’, In Jesus and the Cross: Reflections of Christians from Islamic Contexts, ed. D. Singh, (Carlisle: Regnum, 2008), pp. 105-111.
  • ‘Challenges to the next Christendom: Islam in Africa’, In Global Christianity: Contested Claims, eds. Frans Wijsen & Robert Schreiter, (Amsterdam & New York: Editions Rodopi, 2007), pp. 117-132.
  • ‘A study of selected Islamic Internet Sites in East Africa’, Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology. Vol. 1, No. 2, (2007), pp. 253-262. 
  • ‘Fundamentalism and Outreach Strategies in East Africa: Christian Evangelism and Muslim Da‘wa’, in: Muslim-Christian Encounters in Africa, ed. Benjamin F. Soares, (Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2006), pp. 159-186.
  • From the Cross to the Crescent, Procmura Occasional Paper 1.1, J. Mbillah and J. Chesworth (eds), (Nairobi: Procmura, 2004).
  • ‘Dhimmi Status in Islam from an Historical Perspective with Implications for Present day Africa’, In From the Cross to the Crescent, Procmura Occasional Paper 1.1, In eds. J. Mbillah and J. Chesworth (eds), (Nairobi: Procmura, 2004), pp. 64-85.  
  • ‘Muslims and Christians in East Africa since Independence: Shifting Fortunes and Perceptions’, Journal of African Christian Thought 7.2 (2004), pp. 39-47.