Dr Sigvard von Sicard BA, BD, ThD (Uppsala)

Department of Theology and Religion
Emeritus Senior Research Fellow

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I hold degrees in Classics and Theology from the University of Uppsala, Sweden. I began work in Birmingham under the aegis of the Selly Oak Colleges teaching undergraduate courses in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim and supervising post graduate research.


After completing the Cambridge Overseas School Certificate at Milton School, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe I enrolled at the University of Rhodes, Grahamstown before joining the University of Uppsala for Classics and Theology. After being awarded my BA, BD I was awarded scholarships to do Islamic Studies at Hartford Seminary Foundation, Hartford CT and American University in Cairo. Subsequently I taught at Makumira Theological College, near Arusha, now part of Tumaini University, Tanzania. Further studies, at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, this time in missiology resulted in the award of a ThD. Subsequently I was invited to lecture at the Selly Oak Colleges in Islamic Studies and Missiology in the context of which I became a recognized lecturer at the University of Birmingham.


I have taught courses in Islamic Studies, Church and Mission History and Old Testament.


Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa.I am currently involved in research on the potential of the concept of the Kingdom of God as a means towards a deeper understanding between Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Editing East African manuscript entitled "Kawkab al-Durriya li Akhbar Ifriqiya".

Other activities

I have presented papers at international conferences in Missiology and Islamic Studies in the UK, Europe and North America. I have examined post graduate degrees  in the UK, Europe and Africa.


  • "Malagasy Islam: Representing the various strands of Muslim tradition in 21st century Madagascar. ournal of Muslim Minority Affairs, vol. 31, no. 2, June 2011 pp. 273-283.
  • "Malagasy Islam: Tracing the History and Cultural Influences of Islam in Madagascar" Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, vol. 31, no. 1, March 2011 pp. 101-112.
  • PROCMURA at 50 (1959-2009) Ed. By S. von Sicard, D. Bone, J. Mbillah. Nairobi: Procmura 2009. French edition PRICA à 50ans (1959-2009).
  • “Islam in Mozambique” in JIMMA vol. 28, no. 3, December 2008, pp. 473-490.
  • “Tassawwuf. Ifriqa Junub Sahara” Daeratol ma`aref-e bozorg-e eslami (The Great Islamic Encyclopaedia). Teheran: Centre for the Great Islamic Encyclopaedia) 2008 vol. 15 pp. 464-467.
  • “Christian-Muslim Relations in Sub-Saharan Africa: Foreword. ICMR, vol. 18, no. 2, April 2007, p. 137.
  • “Ziegenbalg og muslimerne” in Det begyndte i København. Knudepunkteri 300 års indisk-danske relationer i mission. Edited  by K.E. Bugge, H.R Iversen  et al. Odense : Syddansk Universitetsforlag 2005, pp. 104 – 126.
  • "Ziegnebalg and the Muslims" in It began in Copenhagen. Junctions on 300 years of Indian-Danish Relations in Christian Mission. Edited by G. Oommen and H.R. Iversen. Delhi: ISPCK 2005, pp. 125 –155.
  • “Christian Friedrich Schwartz and the Muslims” in Halle and the Beginning of Protestant Christianity in India ed. by A. Gross, Y.V. Kumaradoss, H. Liebau Halle: Verlag der Frankeschen Stiftung zu Halle 2006. vol. 2, Christian Mission in the Indian Context,  pp. 611- 630.
  • Dialogue and Beyond:  Christians and Muslims Together on the Way, S.v.Sicard and I. Wulfhorst (eds.),  Geneva:  Lutheran World Federation, 2003.
  • "Interfaith Marriages" in Dialogue and Beyond:  Christians and Muslims Together on the Way, S.v.Sicard and I.Wulfhorst (eds.), Geneva:  Lutheran World Federation, 2003.
  • "Diapraxis or Dialogue and Beyond in Dialogue and Beyond:  Christians and Muslims Together on the Way, S.v.Sicard and I. Wulfhorst (eds.),  Geneva:  Lutheran World Federation, 2003