Associate Professor, Department of Theology
B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, Oberlin College; M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary; Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara
Areas of Specialization: Islam, Christianity, and Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
Recently Taught Courses:
- Modern Islamic Political Movements
- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
- Religions of the World
- Christian Approaches to Other Religions
- The Biblical Tradition
Recent and Forthcoming Publications:
Iran Ascendant: Shiite Islam and Middle East Politics. Current book project.
Modern Islamist Movements: History, Religion, and Politics (Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2012).
Co-edited with James E. Lindsay, Historical Dimensions of Islam: Pre-Modern and Modern Periods; Essays in Honor of R. Stephen Humphreys (Princeton, New Jersey: Darwin Press, 2009).
Dynamic Islam: Liberal Muslim Perspectives in a Transnational Age (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group / University Press of America, 2004).
"Islam and Democracy in the Thought of Fazlur Rahman and Sayyid Abul-Ala Mawdudi" in Islam and Democracy: Prospects and Pathways, Ingrid Mattson, Paul Nesbitt-Larking, and Nawaz Tahir, editors, Newcastleupon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming.
Co-written with James E. Lindsay, "Introduction" in Historical Dimensions of Islam: Pre-Modern and Modern Periods; Essays in Honor of R. Stephen Humphreys.
"Reconstructed Sacred Histories in Modern Islamic and Christian Religio-Political Movements" in Historical Dimensions of Islam: Pre-Modern and Modern Periods; Essays in Honor of R. Stephen Humphreys.
Encyclopedia articles entitled "Arkoun, Mohammed;" "Gospel;" "Islamic Calendar;" "Islamism;" "Jahiliyya;" "Jesus;" "John the Baptist;" "Joseph;" "Mernissi, Fatima;" "Murjia;" "Names of God;" "Rahman, Fazlur;" "Shirk;" "Suffering;" and "Taqwa" in the Encyclopedia of Islam, Juan E. Campo, editor (New York: Checkmark Books, 2009).
Book Review of Miroslav Volf, Ghazi bin Muhammad, and Melissa Yarrington (editors), A Common Word: On Loving God and Neighbor (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans Publishing, 2010) in the special issue of the Journal for Peace and Justice Studies entitled "Justice, Peace, and Reconciliation in Africa," forthcoming.
Book Review of Christian W. Troll, Dialogue and Difference: Clarity in Christian-Muslim Relations (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2009) in Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, Bulletin 85, July 2010.
Book Review of Charles E. Farhadian (editor). Christian Worship Worldwide: Expanding Horizons, Deepening Practices (Grand Rapids, Michigan and Cambridge UK: William B. Eerdman Publishing Company, 2007) in Worship 82, no. 3 (May 2008): 287-288.
Book Review of Tariq Modood, Anna Triandafyllidou, and Ricard Zapata-Barrero (editors). Multiculturalism, Muslims, and Citizenship: A European Approach. (London and New York: Routledge, 2006) in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 27, no. 2 (2007): 479-480.
Book Review of Tariq Ramadan's Western Muslims and the Future of Islam (Oxford, UK and New York: Oxford University Press, 2004) and Anouar Majid's Freedom and Orthodoxy: Islam and Difference in The Post-Andalusian Age (Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2004) in The Middle East Journal 59, no. 1 (Winter 2005): 158-161.
Encyclopedia article entitled "Fundamentalism" in Religion and American Cultures: An Encyclopedia of Traditions, Diversity, and Popular Expressions, edited by Gary Laderman and Luis León, vol. 2, 501-505 (Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2003).
"Islamist Groups, Quranic Interpretations, and Postmodern Theories" at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Chicago, Illinois on November 18, 2012.
Moderator of Panel, "Islam in Indonesia" at the conference "Emerging Voices in Islamic Jurisprudence," Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, September 29, 2012.
"Islam and Democracy in the Thought of Fazlur Rahman and Sayyid Abul-Ala Mawdudi" at the Conference on Islam and Democracy, Western University, London, Ontario Canada, March 23-25, 2012.
"Mohammed Arkoun on Classic Islamic Reason and Applied Islamology: Analysis and Critique" at the Annual
Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Francisco, California, November 21, 2011.
"Religious, Political, and Literary Aspirations: Some Middle Eastern and North African Responses to the United States' Foreign Policy and Cultural Influence in the Region" at the Annual Conference of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, in association with the European Association for Middle Eastern Studies and the Asian Federation of Middle East Associations, at the University of Exeter in Exeter, UK, June 28, 2011.
Panel Chair, "The Middle East and North Africa in International Relations" at the Annual Conference of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, in association with the European Association for Middle Eastern Studies and the Asian Federation of Middle East Associations, at the University of Exeter in Exeter, UK, June 28, 2011.
"Accommodation and Opposition: The Saudi Arabian Government's Approach toward Islamist Groups which Challenge It" at the Upper Midwest Regional Conference of the American Academy of Religion, at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota on April 2, 2011 and at the 28th Annual Conference of the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, April 2011.
"God and Prophets in Islam," The Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2010.
"Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations" for the Saint Cloud Ecumenical Commission at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota; May 15, 2009.
Panel Presentation entitled "Three Christian Approaches to Other Religions." This panel was sponsored by the College of Saint Benedict's Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture. College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University, March 30, 2009.
"Islam, Muslims, and Religious Tolerance and Intolerance in the United States," a lecture which was part of a Lenten speaker series entitled, Who Is My Neighbor? Church of Saint Joseph (Roman Catholic); Saint Joseph, Minnesota, February 2008.
"Al-Qaida and Modern Islamic History" on the panel "Traditionalizing Change: Islam in the Contemporary World" at the annual conference entitled "Life and Politics in the Middle East," which is sponsored by the journal Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies, Hamline University, April 21, 2007.
"Sunnis, Shiites, and the War in Iraq" at the Spring Dinner of the Board of Overseers of the Saint John's School of Theology·Seminary, Wayzata Country Club, Wayzata, Minnesota, May 2007.
"Islam and Democracy in Contemporary Iran" on the panel "Religion, Society and Politics in Iran" at the Fall 2006 Peace Studies Conference entitled "Islam and Peace," College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University, September 18, 2006.
"Muslim Views of Veiling" as part of the panel "Living Faithfully: Ethics for a Searching People" in the series "Pathways to God: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam," University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, April 2006.
"What is Islam?" Lectures delivered as part of the St. John's School of Theology·Seminary's Theology Day Series at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis and Saint John's School of Theology·Seminary; July, August, and September 2005.
Service to the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University:
- Phi Beta Kappa, Theta of Minnesota chapter at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
- Islamic Studies Task Force
- Asian Studies Committee
- Joint Faculty Assembly's Academic Planning and Budget Committee
- Department of Theology's Academic Assessment Committee
- Chair, Assessment Subcommittee for the Advanced Seminar in Theology
- Inauguration Committee for the inauguration of Dr. MaryAnn Baenninger as the President of the College of Saint Benedict
- Learning Through Difference Learning Community
Research and Professional Appointments:
- Member of the Advisory Board, Center for the Study of Democracy, Saint Mary's College of Maryland, Saint Mary's City, Maryland
- Resident Scholar, Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1997-1998
- Research Fellow, Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany, 1991-1992