Blurb: Craig Martin, A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion, 2nd Edition

I am big fan of of Craig Martin (Associate Professor of Religious Studies at St. Thomas Aquinas College) and his scholarship. His wonderful book A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion has just been published in the second edition by Routledge. If you are interested in a teaser I interviewed him about the book for New Books in Religion, and reviewed the book…

Islam in Asia: Traditions & Transformation ~ NEH Summer Institute

I am so excited to participate in the NEH Summer Institute on Islam in Asia: Traditions & Transformation at the East-West Center and the University of Hawai`i at Manoa this summer. The Institute is co-directed by Nelly van Doorn-Harder and Peter D. Hershock with a whole hosts of amazing scholars participating. Many of my favorite scholars are involved, including Asma Afsaruddin, Muhamad Ali, Barbara Watson Andaya, Bruce…

Review: Islamic Thought in China: Sino-Muslim Intellectual Evolution

A review of Islamic Thought in China: Sino-Muslim Intellectual Evolution in the 17th–21st Centuries just came out in China Review International. Guangtian Ha, currently a postdoctoral research fellow at SOAS, University of London, who received his PhD in cultural anthropology from Columbia University, concludes that this collection is an “excellent addition” to the growing scholarship on Muslim in…

The Place of Religion in Film, Syracuse University, April 1

I am excited to participate in the third International Conference on Religion & Film sponsored by The Journal of Religion & Film. I attended both previous meetings in Omaha (2014) and Istanbul (2015). This year Syracuse University is hosting the conference – The Place of Religion in Film,  March 30-April 1, 2017 – thanks to the hard work of M. Gail…

Sufi Spirituality in China: The Role of Liu Zhi – A Review

I recently reviewed David Lee’s, Contextualization of Sufi Spirituality in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century China: The Role of Liu Zhi (c.1662–c.1730) (Pickwick Publications, 2015) for Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations. Here is a sneak peak: Overall, Lee significantly contributes to the scholarship on Islam in China: first, by making valuable resources available in English and situating those Sino-Islamic texts within…