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…

Hollywood Muslims in Iraq in Journal of Religion and Popular Culture

My essay “Hollywood Muslims in Iraq” was recently published in the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture (29.2). The argument developed from a presentation I first made at the International Conference on Religion & Film in Istanbul (2015). Here is the abstract: This essay explores how Muslims are represented in the two most successful Iraq War films, American Sniper (2014,…

American Academy of Religion’s Guidelines for Evaluating Digital Scholarship

The American Academy of Religion recently put together a Publishing Task Force, of which I am part. Our task has been to think about the AAR’s role in promoting scholarship and publishing among its membership. They recognize the changing terrain of academic scholarship so a sub-group of the task force focused on producing draft of guidelines for…

Review #2: Islamic Thought in China: Sino-Muslim Intellectual Evolution

A second review of Islamic Thought in China: Sino-Muslim Intellectual Evolution in the 17th–21st Centuries just came out in Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review. Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, Professor at New York University, and author of The Dao of Muhammad: A Cultural History of Muslims in Late Imperial China (Harvard, 2005), provides a brief history of scholarship on…