“Still Being Careful with Muhammad”
Dr. Shabbir Akhtar is a Muslim philosopher who was trained at Cambridge University. He has published widely on pluralism and race relations and on Islam and Christianity’s differing confrontations with the threat of a common secular modernity. His books include The Light in the Enlightenment (Cassell, 1990) and his well-known Be Careful with Muhammad! (Bellew, 1989), considered a classic critique of Salman Rushdie. Dr Akhtar has also written: The Quran and the Secular Mind (Routledge, 2007), and Islam as Political Religion (Routledge, 2010) and has taught at universities in Malaysia and America. He has published three volumes of poetry in English (Scorpion, 1992-2000).
In 2018, he published the first volume of his three volume commentary on the Greek New Testament (Routledge, 2018), the first such work in Islamic history. He is now at Regent’s Park College, Member of the Faculty of Theology and Religions, University of Oxford, since 2012.