The Christian Institute of Islamic Studies

The Christian Institute of Islamic Studies

An undergraduate Islamic Studies Program from a Christian perspective

Mission Statement: The Christian Institute of Islamic Studies will pioneer the training of Hispanic, Latino, and other evangelical Christians to love and serve Muslims as ministers of the Gospel. The Institute will likewise equip American believers to serve their Muslim neighbors with the love of Jesus Christ. Graduates of the Institute will be able to embrace and interact fruitfully with Muslims on a personal level as well as to train churches and other groups in vibrant ministry to Muslims.


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A. Islamic Studies concentration in Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies program:

1. Understanding Islam 2. Introduction to the Qur’an 3. Exegesis of the Qur’an 4. Islamic History to 750 AD 5. Islamic History 750 AD – present 6. Hadith Studies 7. Islamic Law 8. Ministry to Muslims 9. Apologetics and Islam 10. Hispanics and Islam 11. Women and Islam 12. Arabic language 13. Persian language


B. Workshops and short-term training:

•The Institute will seek to educate, train, and equip in effective ministry to Muslims those outside the university setting through conferences, seminars, and consultations. This may include work with individual churches, denominational organizations, and mission sending organizations.


C. Missionary training:

•The Institute will seek to serve Hispanic, Latino, and other mission sending agencies by educating, training, and equipping their missionaries to Muslim people groups.


D. Translation and publication:

•The Institute will translate seminal works on Muslim ministry into Spanish and Portuguese where they are not available and will encourage and publish original materials in those languages.

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Dr. Mark S. Pfeiffer Biography

Dr. Mark S. Pfeiffer serves as Director of The Christian Institute of Islamic Studies. Dr. Pfeiffer completed his undergraduate education at The University of Texas at Austin, earning a Bachelor of Arts (with honors) in Middle Eastern Studies and Government. He then earned his Juris Doctor at The University of Texas School of Law. While there, he founded Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship, and was a member of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy Studies. He completed a Master of Arts in Islamic Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Pfeiffer practiced law in the Dallas/Fort Worth area twelve years, specializing in land title and real estate litigation. After six years at the law firm of Law, Snakard and Gambill in Fort Worth, he served as vice president and senior counsel for Fidelity National Title Insurance Company in Dallas.

In the late 1990’s, Dr. Pfeiffer moved with his family to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he served as editor of The International American magazine. In connection with this work, he traveled to more than twenty countries throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. He and his family lived briefly in Iran in addition to the UAE and Cyprus. As editor of The International American, Dr. Pfeiffer interviewed such dignitaries as US Presidential candidate and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine Steve Forbes, the Iranian government liaison with Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the Consul General of the Iranian Consulate in Dubai. He volunteered as a Persian-English interpreter for the relief effort after the earthquake in Bam, Iran, and assisted organizations such as Islamic Relief, the Red Crescent Society of Iran, and the Thai Army Medical team. While in Bam, he was interviewed on national Iranian television.

Dr. Pfeiffer is a certified leadership coach with the Center for Relational Leadership in Austin, Texas, having managed its Middle East office in Ajman, UAE while living in the region. He conducted leadership training seminars in the UAE, Kenya, Cyprus, and Turkey, and has helped lead numerous such conferences in the United States.

Prior to accepting the role of Director of The Christian Institute of Islamic Studies, Dr. Pfeiffer was an adjunct instructor at The American University in Dubai and taught English at Kish University (Iran). He was a guest lecturer at Baylor University in Waco and St. Edward’s University in Austin. In May 2010, he was awarded the 2009-2010 Adjunct Professor of the Year award by Baptist University of the Américas.

Dr. Pfeiffer is a proud father of three children.

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Dr. Mark Pfeiffer
Director of The Christian Institute of Islamic Studies
210.924.4338 ext. 341

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San Antonio Express-News: Baptist Author Urges more Christian Study of Islam
Iran Alive interview (1/2)
Iran Alive interivew (2/2)
Religion Newswriters Association National Convention
Christianity Today (November 2013)


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