Patrick Sookhdeo

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Dr Patrick Sookhdeo was born in what was then British Guyana in 1947. His father was a Hindu who converted to Islam in order to marry his mother. The family migrated to Britain in 1959. By 1969, Sookhdeo had converted to Christianity and had studied theology.[1]

In 1989, Sookhdeo founded the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity.[2]

He holds a Ph.D. from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies on the impact of Islam on society. He also holds doctorates from Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon and Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary, Wisconsin. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Defence Academy of the UK, Adjunct Professor of the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies, and Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University, UK. He is an adviser to the British armed forces on Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also the International Director of the Barnabas Fund.[3]

  • In June 1999, Dr Sookhdeo visited Israel as part of a delegation sponsored by the Anglo Israel Association.[4]
  • Also in 1999, Dr Sookhdeo visited Iraq at the invitation of Saddam Hussein’s government.

Miscellaeous awards and associations

Dr Sookhdeo:

  • is ordained in the United Church of Pakistan - part of the worldwide Anglican Communion
  • serves as a Non-Residentiary Canon of Peshawar Diocese and is also a Dean-Theologian of the Anglican Church of Nigeria. *In 2010 was awarded the most senior medal of the Syrian Orthodox Church for his work in the Middle East to help Orthodox Churches.
  • In 2001 was awarded the Coventry Cathedral International Prize for Peace and Reconciliation.
  • has also represented the Duke of Edinburgh at interfaith dialogical conferences in Jordan in the 1990s where the sponsors included the then Crown Prince Hassan of Jordan.



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  1. Islam, the West and the need for honesty, by Tony Parkinson, The Age,16 October 2004.
  2. Islam, the West and the need for honesty, by Tony Parkinson, The Age,16 October 2004.
  3. Biographies, CounterJihad Europa, accessed 21 December 2008.
  4. Coventry 'Cross of Nails' Presented To Ecumenical Theological Fraternity, Christians and Israel - Autumn 1999, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, accessed 21 December 2008.