Gabriel Said Reynolds

Gabriel Said Reynolds

Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology
History of Christianity
World Religions and World Church


B.A. Columbia University

M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

Research and Teaching Interests

In the video below, Gabriel Said Reynolds introduces his new book, The Emergence of Islam: Classical Traditions in Contemporary Perspective, and discusses the traditional views of Islam's origins

Recent Publications


The Qurʾan Seminar Scholarly Commentary (editor and contributor)

The Emergence of Islam. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2012.

New Perspectives on the Qurʾān: The Qurʾān in Its Historical Context 2. Introduced and Edited. London: Routledge, 2011.

The Qurʾān and Its Biblical Subtext. London: Routledge, 2010.

The Critique of Christian Origins: Qāḍī ʿAbd al-Jabbār’s (d. 415/1025) Islamic Essay on Christianity. Introduced, Translated, and Annotated.  Edited Samir Khalil Samir. Provo UT: BYU Press, 2010.

The Qurʾān in Its Historical Context. Introduced and Edited. London: Routledge, 2008.  Arabic translation: Al-Qurʾān fī muḥīṭihi al-tārīkhī. Trans. Saʿd Saʿdī and ʿAbd al-Masīḥ Saʿdī. Beirut: Dār al-Jamal, 2011.

A Muslim Theologian in the Sectarian Milieu: ʿAbd al-Jabbār and the ‘Critique of Christian Origins’.  Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2004.


“The Qurʾān and the Apostles of Jesus,” Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 76 (2013), 1-19.

“On the Qurʾan and the Theme of Jews as ‘Killers of the Prophets’,” al-Bayān 10 (2012), 9-34.

“Le problème de la chronologie du Coran,” Arabica 58 (2011), 477-502.

“Remembering Muḥammad,” (solicited) Numen 58 (2011), 188-206.

“On the Qurʾānic Accusation of Scriptural Falsification (taḥrīf) and Christian anti-Jewish Polemic,” Journal of the American Oriental Society 130 (2010), 1-14.

“The Muslim Jesus: Dead or Alive?” Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 72 (2009), 237-58.


23 May, 2014, “Islamic Studies in the United States: New Directions.” Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (Rome, Italy).

21 May, 2014, “Lire le Coran,” l'Institut dominicain d'études orientales (Cairo, Egypt).

4 Apr, 2014, “The Qurʾan and the Bible,” Public Lecture (University of Arkansas at Little Rock).

25 Feb, 2014, “Reflections on the Christian Encounter with the Qurʾan.” Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies (Oxford, England)

21 Feb, 2014, “The Bible in Classical and Modern Tafsīr,” Exegetical Crossroads Conference (Erlangen, Germany).

24 Nov, 2014, “Reading the Bible with Aḥmad Deedat,” International Qurʾanic Studies Association Conference (Baltimore).

3 Oct, 2013, “The Islamic Christ,” Catholic University of America (Washington, DC).

19 Sep 2013, “The Implications of Recent Research on Qurʾan Manuscripts,” Mingana Symposium (Birmingham, England).

4 May 2013, “The Qurʾan, Qurʾanic Rhetoric, and Christianity,” Conference: Rethinking the Qurʾan (Ankara, Turkey).

29 Apr 2013, “L’éthique sexuelle des chrétiens selon ‘Abd al-Jabbar (m. 1025),” Lecture Series : Regards croisés dur les minorités religieuses (Brussels, Belgium).

20 Jan 2013, “The Qurʾan and Christian Heresies,” Conference: The Qurʾan’s Reformation of Judaism and Christianity (Nottingham, England)


Gabriel Said Reynolds is Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology at Notre Dame.  His research is focused above all on the Qur'an and Muslim-Christian relations.  He wrote a dissertation on the remarkable Islamic history of Christianity of ʿAbd al-Jabbar (d. 1025); the dissertation won the Field Prize at Yale and was published (Brill 2004) as A Muslim Theologian in the Sectarian Milieu. Reynolds also prepared an introduction and translation of this history, published by (BYU 2008) as The Critique of Christian Origins.

At Notre Dame Reynolds has organized two international conferences (2005, 2009) on the Qur'ān, and edited the acts of the conferences as The Qur'an in Its Historical Context (Routledge 2008) and New Perspectives on the Qur'an: The Qur'an in Its Historical Context 2 (Routledge 2011).  In 2012-13 Prof. Reynolds directed, along with Mehdi Azaiez, “The Qurʾan Seminar” a year-long project with a team of 28 international scholars who are producing a collaborative scholarly commentary on the Qurʾān ( Currently Prof. Reynolds serves on the Executive Board of The International Qurʾanic Studies Association (

Reynolds’ principal work on the Qurʾan is The Qur'an and Its Biblical Subtext (Routledge 2010).  He has also published The Emergence of Islam (Fortress, 2012), a work written especially for courses which cover the Qurʾan, the life of the Prophet Muhammad, or the classical period of Islam.

At Notre Dame Prof. Reynolds teaches classes including “Foundations of Theology,” “Islam and Christian Theology,” “The Quran and Its Relation to the Bible,” “The Holy Land,” and “Islamic Origins.”  He has also been a visiting professor at Université de Saint Joseph in Lebanon and Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.  Prof. Reynolds has conducted research and delivered lectures in cities throughout the Middle East, including Cairo, Jerusalem, Beirut, Damascus, Ankara, and Tehran. In his spare time he follows Notre Dame football, plays soccer, and watches Bollywood movies.  Prof. Reynolds and his wife Lourdes have four children: Luke, Emmanuel, Theresa, and René.



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