Our Vision

The Jenkins Center exists to establish a scholarly Christian understanding of the many strands of Islam, and to equip students, pastors, and missionaries with an awareness of the Muslim World in its diversity, in order to boldly and respectfully proclaim the Gospel to our Muslim neighbors to the ends of the earth.

“Islam was not included within the curriculum of Southern Seminary in 1859. Now, more than a century and a half after the seminary’s founding, it is impossible to imagine how a minister of the gospel can be trained and prepared for faithful service without a knowledge of Islam and the challenge it represents. For this reason, the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam represents a central dimension of Southern Seminary’s future.”

—R. Albert Mohler Jr.

Our Leadership

Dr. Ayman S. Ibrahim

Dr. Ibrahim is the Bill and Connie Jenkins Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and the Director of the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam. Ibrahim was born and raised in Egypt. Since 1991, he has taught in various countries in the Muslim world and in the West at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary in the United States and at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon. Some of the courses he has taught include: Introduction to Islam; Emergence and Historical Development of Islam; Islamic Texts (Quran, Hadith and Tafsir); and Quranic Arabic: Exegeting Islam’s Scripture. He is a member of the Center for the Study of Inter-Religious Encounters at Ben Gurion University of the Negev; the Society of Biblical Literature; the International Quranic Studies Association; and the Department of Middle Eastern History at Haifa University, Mount Carmel, Israel. His articles on Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations have appeared in the Washington Post, Religion News Services, Colorado Springs Gazette, Louisville Courier-Journal, First Things, Faith Street, Charisma News, Evangelical Interfaith Dialogue Journal, Ethics Daily, among others. His academic book The Stated Motivations for the Early Islamic Expansion was published in 2017. He has been married since 2012 and together with his wife, they serve among Arabs in the United States and the Middle East. Contact him via his email: aibrahim@sbts.edu and follow him on Twitter at @al2ostaz.

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