Blurb: Driscoll & Miller, Method as Identity: Manufacturing Distance in the Academic Study of Religion

                I’m really excited about a new book by Christopher M. Driscoll and Monica R. Miller. They’ve co-written Method as Identity: Manufacturing Distance in the Academic Study of Religion, where they tackle how the study of religion has been constructed as a discipline over time and provide a rigorous critique of…

Muslims and the Chinese State: From the Qing to the Present, Florida International University, January 17

I’m looking forward to a visit to Florida International University on January 17. Here is the abstract: American media has recently highlighted the social circumstances of Muslims living under the Chinese Communist Party. What may be unknown to many is that the tense relationship between Muslim communities and the state have gone back for centuries. This…

2019 International Conference on Religion & Film

I’ve really enjoyed working with The Journal of Religion & Film folks over the past few years, including it’s founder Bill Blizek and its current editor John C. Lyden. Bill was my colleague at the University of Nebraska Omaha for several years. Recently, the main event has been the International Conference on Religion & Film. We’ve had wonderful turnouts for…

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…