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…

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…

Marginalia Review of Books Forum on Shahab Ahmed, What is Islam?

Shahab Ahmed’s masterful work, What is Islam?: The Importance Of Being Islamic (Princeton University Press, 2016), is a dynamic and complex volume that asks key questions for the study of Islam. It has already won the American Academy of Religion’s Best First Book in the History of Religions award. I had the great pleasure to co-edit a forum on the…

The Multiple Meanings of Pilgrimage in Sino-Islamic Thought

My latest publication is part of the wonderful edited collection Islamic Thought in China: Sino-Muslim Intellectual Evolution from the 17th to the 21st Century (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). Thanks to Jonathan Lipman for all his hard work putting it togeteher. My chapter is entitled “The Multiple Meanings of Pilgrimage in Sino-Islamic Thought,” which examines at changing conceptualizations of the hajj…

Mediating Islam: Representation and Muslim Identity – New Article

I’ve got a new article in the open access Journal of Religion & Society. The article, “Mediating Islam: Representation and Muslim Identity,” was initially party of a symposium on Religion and Identity at Creighton University. If you are interested the other articles are collected here. My contribution argues that there is a predominant media narrative that asserts that Islam…