Jon Armajani, PhD


Curriculum Vitae

Office: Richarda N25, CSB
Phone: 320-363-5941
Email: [email protected]


Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara            
M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary         
B.A. Oberlin College, Phi Beta Kappa  


Areas of Teaching and Research:
Peace, Conflict, Conflict Resolution, and Diplomacy

Islam and Middle Eastern Politics

Islamic and Western Political Philosophies

Christian Theology

Theory and Method for the Study of Religion

Courses Taught:        
First Year Seminar 100/101:  Peace and Conflict in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

THEO 345/Peace Studies 333:  Theologies of Violence and Non-Violence
THEO 365:  Islam
THEO 369B:  Modern Islamic Political Movements
THEO 369C:  Islam and Gender 

Spring 2021 Courses:

PCST 123 -  ISLAM USA: GNDR, RCE. ETN - D4 Block 


This course will examine perspectives on violence and nonviolence as these appear in the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, in the history of Christianity, in Christian encounters with other world faiths, and in contemporary theological ethics. We will place special emphasis on the diversity of theological positions on violence: thoughtful people of faith have espoused a wide range of positions, ranging from absolute pacifism to just war theory to the celebration of “redemptive violence.” We will seek to understand each of these positions from the inside, as well as subjecting each to critical scrutiny. Students will have the opportunity to do “service learning” in an organization related to violence and nonviolence.

PCST 368C - ISLAM & GENDER - A1 Block 

This course will focus on the various ways in which relations between Muslim women and men have been appropriated, interpreted, and concretized in a variety of real-life situations throughout the early, medieval, and modern periods in Islam with a regional focus on Islam and gender in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Europe, and/or North America. This course will use gender as a primary lens of analysis for examining course content by examining the, at times static and at other times dynamic, roles of women and men in societies where Muslims are in the majority and others where they are the minority in order to gain an understanding of the relationship between appropriations of gender with respect to Islam and its corresponding cultural contexts.