Arabic & Islamic Studies

Researcher. Thinker. Teacher. Author.

About me


I hold a doctorate in Near Eastern Language and Civilizations with a specialization in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University. Prior to my doctorate, I earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and a Certificate in Middle East Studies, and a Master’s degree in Teaching General Arts and Letters with specialization in Arabic and Applied Linguistics from Portland State University in Oregon.

Every aspect of my work is impacted by and pertains to current events. My work in the formative and classical periods of Islamic intellectual history, together with my interdisciplinary work in the contemporary period give me a unique perspective and understanding that bridges the gap between past and present. As a consultant and presenter, I have made complex and challenging information clear to a wide variety of audiences in the United States and around the world, from local community gatherings to the upper echelons of the U.S. military.

Education


Ph.D.

Harvard University - Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations: Arabic & Islamic Studies

Jun 30, 2004

M.A.T.

Portland State University - General Arts & Letters: Arabic & Applied Linguistics

Aug 31, 1992

B.A.

Portland State University - International Studies: Middle East

Aug 31, 1990

My skills


Research

My research interests extend from the early classical period to the present and include translation of classical Arabic texts, Quranic interpretation, women’s issues, and modern day reformist and neo-traditionalist movements.

Writing

My works address different topics and audiences, yet each is connected directly to my primary scholarship in classical texts, and each helps to bridge the past and the present in Islamic studies, while also making key sources more readily accessible to a variety of audiences and dealing with issues of critical importance in the contemporary world.

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Teaching

Subjects: Islamic History, Islamic Theology, Islamic Law, Quranic Studies, Hadith Studies, Classical Arabic

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Events


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Middle East Studies Center Scholarly Lecture Series

A Quranically-Based Vision of Multiculturalism & Inter-Religious Relations


  • Date: 1/22/2020 06:00 PM
  • Location: Portland State University, 506 Southwest Mill Street, Portland, OR, USA (Map)
  • More Info: 2nd Floor Gallery, Urban Center Building

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Publications


Resources


Quranic Studies

Translations, Commentaries, and more

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Hadith Studies

Hadith collections and more

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Arabic Language

Grammar and more

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Online Libraries of Arabic Texts

Access Arabic texts online.

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Is There Room at the Inn?

Documentary on Muslims, Jews and the Holy Land

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General Islamic Studies

Important works in the field.

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Contact


  • Portland, Oregon, United States

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