Dr John Chesworth

Dr John Chesworth

Department of Theology and Religion
Research Officer, CMR1900 project

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Chesworth 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), now the Anglican Inter-faith Network (AIFN). 


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

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 has been an Associate Member of Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, University of Bayreuth and continues as 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

  • ‘Using the ‘other’: Morisco ‘borrowings’ from Christian authors’, in B.F. Llopis, B. Pomara Saverino, M. Lomas Cortés, B. Ruiz Bejarano (eds), Identidades Cuestionadas Coexistencia Y Conflictos Interreligiosos En El Mediterráneo (SS. XIV-XVIII), (València: Universitat de València, 2016) 225-32
  • ‘Muslim and Christian perspectives on animal slaughter: reflections from East Africa’, in J. Mbillah and J. Chesworth (eds), From the Cross to the Crescent, Procmura Occasional Paper 1.2, (Nairobi: Procmura, 2015) 89-96
  • The Character of Christian-Muslim Encounter: Essays in Honour of David Thomas, D. Pratt, J. Hoover, J. Davies and J. Chesworth (eds) (Leiden: Brill, 2015)
  • Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History1500-1900, volume 6 onwards D. Thomas and J. Chesworth (eds) (Leiden: Brill, 2014 -)
  • ‘Anglicans and Islam in East Africa: The Diocese of Zanzibar and the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa (1923-1963)’, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (2014) 231-43
  • Shari‘a in Africa Today: Reactions and Responses, J. Chesworth and F. Kogelmann (eds) (Leiden: Brill, 2014)
  • ‘Kadhi’s Courts in Kenya: Reactions and Responses’, in A. Tayob and J. Wandera (eds), Constitutional Review in Kenya and Kadhis Courts, (Cape Town: Centre for Contemporary Islam, University of Cape Town, 2011) 3-17
  • ‘Polemical Revival: Attacking the Other’s Texts’, in D. Cheetham, U. Winkler, O. Leirvik and J. Gruber (eds), Interreligious Hermeneutics in Pluralistic Europe: Between Texts and People, (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2011) 355-77
  • ‘The Church and Islam: Vyama Vingi (Multipartyism) and the Ufungamano Talks’, in B. Knighton (ed.), Religion and Politics in Kenya, (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2009), 155-80  
  • The Use of Scripture in Swahili Tracts by Muslims and Christians in East Africa’ (PhD, University of Birmingham, 2008)
  • ‘The Cross and ‘Outreach’ Literature in East Africa’, In D. Singh (ed.), Jesus and the Cross: Reflections of Christians from Islamic Contexts, (Carlisle: Regnum, 2008) 105-11
  • ‘Challenges to the next Christendom: Islam in Africa’, in F. Wijsen and R. Schreiter (eds), Global Christianity: Contested Claims, (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007) 117-32
  • ‘A study of selected Islamic Internet Sites in East Africa’, Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology 1.2 (2007) 253-62 
  • ‘Fundamentalism and Outreach Strategies in East Africa: Christian Evangelism and Muslim Da‘wa’, in B.F. Soares (ed.), Muslim-Christian Encounters in Africa, (Leiden: Brill, 2006) 159-86