Interpreting Islam in China, George Mason University, November 1

I’m excited to visit the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University on November 1. I’ll be discussing my book, Interpreting Islam in China: Pilgrimage, Scripture, and Language in the Han Kitab. I’m honored to be invited by Huseyin Yilmaz and Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu. All the details are HERE if you are in the DC area. Free and open to…

Islam, Media, and Religious Discrimination in America – Wabash Teaching Islam Blog

Recently I was able to write up some thoughts about teaching Islam in my World Religion courses for the Wabash Center’s Teaching Islam Blog Series, “Islam, Media, and Religious Discrimination in America.” I outline some issues and how I approach them through a few texts: Jolyon Mitchell’s, “Religion and the News: Stories, Contexts, Journalists and Audiences” Moustafa Bayoumi’s This…

The First Islamic Classic in Chinese – A Review

I recently reviewed Sachiko Murata’s wonderful complete translation of the Real Commentary on the True Teaching (Zhengjiao zhenquan 正教真詮), the first major Chinese-language Islamic text, published in 1642, written by Wang Daiyu 王岱輿, for the AAR’s Reading Religion. If you are interested you can access the full review here. Here is a sneak peak: Murata has produced another…

Old Dominion University – Philosophy & Religious Studies

I’m excited to announce that I’ve accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at Old Dominion University. In addition to all the colleagues I hope to build with over the coming years I am very excited to join my good friend Nicole Willock, who was part of my Wabash cohort. I’ll miss my friends…

China’s Early Mosques – A Review

I recently reviewed Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt, China’s Early Mosques (Edinburgh University Press, 2015) for Religious Studies Review. Here is a sneak peak: The greatest strength is Steinhardt’s ability to bring her expertise in Chinese architecture to the Islamic domain. Chinese buildings share fundamental principles that govern placement and aesthetic construction, such as courtyards, gates, purposeful orientation in direction,…

Little Mosque on the Prairie and the Paradoxes of Cultural Translation – A Review

I recently reviewed Kyle Conway, Little Mosque on the Prairie and the Paradoxes of Cultural Translation (University of Toronto Press, 2017) for the AAR’s Reading Religion. Here is a sneak peak: Altogether, Conway provides a great deal for the scholar of religion. His detailed focus on modes of production, distribution, and consumption serve as an effective model…