Author Jay Smith

JAY'S SUMMARY OF ACTIVITY I have worked for over 27 years with Muslims, have two masters degrees in divinity and Islamics, and I am currently finishing my Phd. dissertation at the Bible College of Victoria, Australia, under the supervision of Dr. Peter Riddell. UNIVERSITY WORK: My area of expertise is in Christian/Muslim apologetics and polemics. As such I have been invited onto many university campuses to teach classes, participate in panels, help out numerous Christian Union's with training, and also to do 'dialogues' and debates with Muslim polemicists. DEBATES: Since 1995 I have participated in over fifty formal debates with distinguished Muslim scholars, statesmen, and apologists, including: Dr. Jamal Badawi (Univ. of Halifax), Dr. Mousa Pidcock (Leader of the Islamic party of Britain.), Abdul Rahman Green (Da'ist at Regents Park Mosque), Shabir Ally (President of the Islamic Propagation Center, Toronto, and world renowned debater), Benazir Bhutto (former Prime Minster of Pakistan), Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad (Founder of Hizb-ul-Tahrir-UK, and al Muhajiroun), Ishmael Muhammad (son of Elijah Muhammad, the founder of Nation of Islam), Dr. Azzam Tamimi (President of Muslim Association of Britain, and Hamas spokesman), Dr. Timothy Winter (Cambridge Univ. Lecturer & convert to Islam), Ayattolah Sayed Fadhel Milani (Principal UK based Shiite Cleric), Anas al-Tikriti (Muslim Association of Britain), Iqbal Siddiqui (Editor of Crescent International Magazine), Sarfraz Manzoor (Independent Muslim journalist), Sheikh Muhammad Bahmanpour (Shiite cleric and professor of theology), Mohammed Ali (Head of The Muslim Channel [TV]), Sheikh Mohammad Al Houssaini (professor at Leo Baeck Rabbinical College), and Sheikh Abu Hamza al Misri (President and founder of Students of Shariah, and convicted terrorist). TEACHING: Since working on my Phd. I have been teaching advanced Islamics to the 2nd year students at OM's Turning Point, in Harlesden, London, and have taught apologetics/polemics at Oakhill College in Southgate, London, for the last five years, as well as apologetics at Moorland Bible College in Bournemouth. I am now teaching 1-2 week modules on Islam at two Seminaries (Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, and the Ethiopian Graduate Theological Seminary in Addis Ababa). I also teach Islamics every year for Ichthus's Networkers Program in SE London, and Christian/Muslim Apologetics for the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) in Oxford. Since 2001, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has been using me to teach their evangelists Islamics in the US, England and Scotland. OVERSEAS TRAINING: For the last 7 years I have been teaching 1-2 week-long programs in Islamics, training missionaries before they go into the Muslim world. The countries I have taught include: Korea, Russia, South Africa, Brazil, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Spain, Kyrgyzstan, Italy, Nigeria, Ethiopia, the US, Canada and Hungary. SPEAKER'S CORNER: Though I have been going to debate at Speaker's Corner since 1993, it has been since 2000 that I have been leading a workshop every Sunday afternoon (1:30 - 3:00 p.m.) at All Souls Church, Langham Place, teaching and preparing Christians who are interested in engaging publicly with Muslims. We have between 20 - 50 who attend every week, though the number rises to 150-200 during the summer, due to the influx of Christians who come to London to engage with Muslims. Following the workshop we head down to Speaker's Corner and engage with the Muslims for 2-3 hours. YOUTUBE: Most recently, I have been posting over sixty 5-10 minute videos on the very popular Youtube internet site (see: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=PfanderFilms) answering the most frequently asked questions (FAQs), which then are used to reverse the questions, and open the site up for vigorous discussions with both Muslims and Christians. To date, over 800,000 people have watched those videos, and hundreds of videos by Muslims have been posted in response. CODGERS: In the last year I have helped begin a group of 10-15 men and women interested in learning and doing debates with Muslims. We meet fortnightly to carry out debates (one person taking on the Muslim position, the other that of Christianity), to film them and then critique them. As of the autumn of 2009 we are carrying out 1-2 debates per month with Muslims in the London area on a range of topics concerning both Islam and Christianity. BRITISH MUSEUM TOUR: During the initiation of my Phd. I put together a tour which looked at archaeological, documentary and manuscript evidence for the Bible (both the Old and New Testament) which can be found in the British Museum and the British Library. To date over 4,000 people have taken the tour, and it has now been filmed. A new 6 hour DVD of the tour has been put together in English and in Persian, which you can procure at: http://www.222publications.com/catalog/