I host a few podcasts where I talk to folks about their work and scholarly life.
Religious Studies News interviews include conversations with the following authors:
Bhrigupati Singh ,Poverty and the Quest for Life: Spiritual and Material Striving in Rural India. University ofChicago Press, 2016. May 25, 2017.
Richard E. Payne, A State of Mixture: Christians, Zoroastrians, and Iranian Political Culture in Late Antiquity. University of California Press, 2015. March 23, 2017.
Francis J. Beckwith, Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith. Cambridge University Press, 2015. March 9, 2017.
David Lambert, How Repentance Became Biblical: Judaism, Christianity, and the Interpretation of Scripture. Oxford University Press, 2015. December 22, 2016.
Cécile Fromont, The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo. University of North Carolina Press, 2014. September 22, 2016
Michelle Voss Roberts, Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion. Fordham University Press, 2014. July 11, 2016.
Tariq Jaffer, Razi: Master of Qur’anic Interpretation and Theological Reasoning. Oxford University Press, 2014. May 19, 2016.
Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, A Ministry of Presence: Chaplaincy, Spiritual Care, and the Law. University of Chicago Press, 2014. April 1, 2016.
Anya Bernstein, Religious Bodies Politic: Rituals of Sovereignty in Buryat Buddhism. University of Chicago Press, 2013. February 2, 2016.
Mark Rowe, “Female Priests in Japanese Buddhism.” November 5, 2015.
Brian Pennington, “Natural Disaster and Divine Agency: Hindu Responses to Climate Change.” September 30, 2015.
SherAli Tareen, “Islam, Tradition, and Democracy: The Case of the Deoband Madrasa.” August 19, 2015.
Andrew Quintman, The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet’s Great Saint Milarepa. Columbia University Press, 2013. May 6, 2015.
Kyle Harper, From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity. Harvard University Press, 2013. April 5, 2015.
Anna Sun, Confucianism as a World Religion: Contested Histories and Contemporary Realities. Princeton University Press, 2013. March 9, 2015.
Willis Jenkins, The Future of Ethics: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity. Georgetown University Press, 2013. February 16, 2015.
New Books in Religion interviews include conversations with the following authors:
William Elison ,Andy Rotman and Christian Lee Novetzke, Amar Akbar Anthony: Bollywood, Brotherhood, and the Nation. Harvard University Press, 2016. June 20, 2017.
S. Brent Plate, Key Terms in Material Religion. Bloomsbury, 2015. April 24, 2017.
Benjamin Schreier, The Impossible Jew: Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literary History. NYU Press, 2015. February 27, 2017.
Sylvester Johnson, African American Religions, 1500-2000: Colonialism, Democracy, and Freedom. Cambridge University Press, 2015. December 29, 2016.
David M. Krueger, Myths of the Rune Stone: Viking Martyrs and the Birthplace of America. University of Minnesota Press, 2015. September 13, 2016.
Peter Harrison, The Territories of Science and Religion. University of Chicago Press, 2014. July 21, 2016.
Jason Bivins, Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion. Oxford University Press, 2015. May 31, 2016.
Brennan W. Breed, Nomadic Text: A Theory of Biblical Reception History. Indiana University Press, 2014. April 1, 2016.
Peter van der Veer, The Modern Spirit of Asia: The Spiritual and the Secular in China and India. Princeton University Press, 2013. December 7, 2015
Amanda Lucia, Reflections of Amma: Devotees in a Global Embrace. University of California Press, 2014. September 26, 2015.
Darren Middleton, Rastafari and the Arts: An Introduction. Routledge, 2015. August 31, 2015.
Craig Martin, Capitalizing Religion: Ideology and the Opiate of the Bourgeoisie. Bloomsbury, 2014. August 4, 2015.
Kocku von Stuckrad, The Scientification of Religion: An Historical Study of Discursive Change, 1800-2000. De Gruyter, 2014. July 6, 2015.
Simon A. Wood and David Harrington Watt, Fundamentalism: Perspectives on a Contested History. University of South Carolina Press, 2014. June 8, 2015.
Andrea Jain, Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture. Oxford University Press, 2014. May 13, 2015.
Peter Gottschalk, Religion, Science, and Empire: Classifying Hinduism and Islam in British India. Oxford University Press, 2012. April 13, 2015.
Kutter Callaway, Scoring Transcendence: Contemporary Film Music as Religious Experience. Baylor University Press, 2013. February 16, 2015.
Joseph Laycock, The Seer of Bayside: Veronica Lueken and the Struggle to Define Catholicism. Oxford University Press, 2014. January 19, 2015.
Timothy Michael Law, When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible. Oxford University Press, 2013. December 10, 2014.
Amanullah De Sondy, The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities. Bloomsbury, 2014. October 27, 2014.
Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Worlds Without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse. Columbia University Press, 2014. September 29, 2014.
Jolyon Thomas, Drawing on Tradition: Manga, Anime, and Religion in Contemporary Japan. University Of Hawai’i Press, 2012. September 6, 2014.
Matthew Hedstrom, The Rise of Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century. Oxford University Press, 2012. August 8, 2014.
Kevin Schilbrack, Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. July 18th, 2014.
William Arnal and Russell T. McCutcheon, The Sacred Is the Profane: The Political Nature of “Religion.” Oxford University Press, 2013. June 27th, 2014.
M. Gail Hamner, Imaging Religion in Film: The Politics of Nostalgia. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. May 19, 2014.
Vincent Goossaert and David A. Palmer, The Religious Question in Modern China. University of Chicago Press, 2011. April 28, 2014.
Michael Stausberg and Steven Engler, The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion. Routledge, 2011. March 5, 2014.
John Modern, Secularism in Antebellum America. University Of Chicago Press, 2011. February 6, 2014.
Brent Nongbri, Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept. Yale University Press, 2013. January 18, 2014.
Rumee Ahmed, Narratives of Islamic Legal Theory. Oxford University Press, 2012. December 20, 2013.
Robert Yelle, The Language of Disenchantment: Protestant Literalism and Colonial Discourse in British India. Oxford University Press, 2013. November 19, 2013.
Heidi Campbell, When Religion Meets New Media. Routledge, 2010. October 8, 2013.
Jane Iwamura, Virtual Orientalism: Religion and Popular Culture in the U.S. Oxford University Press, 2011. August 22, 2013.
Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey, The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America. University of North Carolina Press, 2012. July 25, 2013.
Monica Miller, Religion and Hip Hop. Routledge, 2012. June 3, 2013.
Craig Martin, A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion. Acumen Publishing, 2012. May 7, 2013.
James Wellman, Rob Bell and A New American Christianity. Abingdon Press, 2012. March 7, 2013.
Thomas David DuBois, Religion and the Making of Modern East Asia. Cambridge University Press, 2011. December 13, 2012.
S. Brent Plate, Religion and Film: Cinema and the Re-Creation of the World. Wallflower Press, 2008. November 5, 2012.
Jason Ānanda Josephson, The Invention of Religion in Japan. University of Chicago Press, 2012. October 13, 2012.
Hugh Urban, The Church of Scientology: A History of a New Religion. Princeton University Press, 2011. September 27, 2012.
Kelly Baker, Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930. University Press of Kansas, 2011. June 24, 2012.
Kathryn Lofton, Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon. University of California Press, 2011. May 17, 2012.
Robert Shedinger, Was Jesus a Muslim?: Questioning Categories in the Study of Religion. Fortress Press, 2011. May 7, 2012.
Parna Sengupta, Pedagogy for Religion: Missionary Education and the Fashioning of Hindus and Muslims in Bengal. University of California Press, 2011. January 24. 2012.
Justin McDaniel, The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magical Monk: Practicing Buddhism in Modern Thailand. Columbia University Press, 2011. December 7, 2011.
David Gordon White, Sinister Yogis. University of Chicago Press, 2009. November 1, 2011.
Abdulkader Tayob, Religion in Modern Islamic Discourse. Columbia University Press, 2010. October 5, 2011.
Carool Kersten, Cosmopolitans and Heretics: New Muslim Intellectuals and the Study of Islam. Columbia University Press, 2011. September 14, 2011 .
New Books in Islamic Studies interviews include conversations with the following authors:
Blake Atwood, Reform Cinema in Iran: Film and Political Change in the Islamic Republic. Columbia University Press, 2017. June 26, 2017.
Cemil Aydin, The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History. Harvard University Press, 2017. May 1, 2017.
Audrey Truschke, Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court. Columbia University Press, 2016. April 3, 2017.
Brian Edwards, After the American Century: The Ends of U.S. Culture in the Middle East. Columbia University Press, 2016. March 6, 2017.
Nathan Hofer, The Popularisation of Sufism in Ayyubid and Mamluk Egypt, 1173–1325. Edinburgh University Press, 2015. January 27, 2017.
Nile Green, Terrains of Exchange: Religious Economies of Global Islam. Oxford University Press, 2015. October 17, 2016.
Matthew Pierce, Twelve Infallible Men: The Imams and the Making of Shi’ism. Harvard University Press, 2013. September 7, 2016.
Paul Cobb, The Race for Paradise: An Islamic History of the Crusades. Oxford University Press, 2014. July 25, 2016.
Eid Mohamed, Arab Occidentalism: Images of America in the Middle East. I.B.Tauris, 2015. June 2, 2016.
Kenneth Garden, The First Islamic Reviver: Abu Hamid al-Ghazali and his Revival of the Religious Sciences. Oxford University Press, 2014. March 21, 2016.
Patrick D. Bowen, A History of Conversion to Islam in the United States, Volume 1: White American Muslims before 1975. Brill, 2015. January 12, 2016.
Kecia Ali, The Lives of Muhammad. Harvard University Press, 2014. August 25, 2015.
Marion Holmes Katz, Women in the Mosque: A History of Legal Thought and Social Practice. Columbia University Press, 2014. June 2, 2015.
M. Brett Wilson, Translating the Qur’an in an Age of Nationalism: Print Culture and Modern Islam in Turkey. Oxford University Press. April 6, 2015.
John Renard, Islamic Theological Themes: A Primary Source Reader. University of California Press, 2014. February 6, 2015.
Michael Hawkins, Making Moros: Imperial Historicism and American Military Rule in the Philippines’ Muslim South. Northern Illinois University Press, 2012. December 12, 2014.
Jonathan A. C. Brown, Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy. Oneworld Publications, 2014. October 30, 2014.
William Chittick, Divine Love: Islamic Literature and the Path to God. Yale University Press, 2013. September 2, 2014.
Brian Catlos, Muslims of Medieval Latin Christendom, c.1050-1614. Cambridge University Press, 2014. July 8, 2014.
Rachel Rinaldo, Mobilizing Piety: Islam and Feminism in Indonesia. Oxford University Press, 2013. June 23, 2014.
Sean Anthony, Crucifixion and Death as Spectacle: Umayyad Crucifixion in Its Late Antique Context. American Oriental Society, 2014. May 12, 2014.
Sa’diyya Shaikh, Sufi Narratives of Intimacy: Ibn ʿArabi, Gender and Sexuality. University of North Carolina Press, 2012. April 29, 2014.
Ayesha Chuadry, Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition: Ethics, Law, and the Muslim Discourse on Gender. Oxford University Press, 2013. March 29, 2014.
Afsar Mohammad, The Festival of Pirs: Popular Islam and Shared Devotion in South India. Oxford University Press, 2013. February 18, 2014.
Mohammed Rustom, The Triumph of Mercy: Philosophy and Scripture in Mulla Sadra. SUNY Press, 2012. October 30, 2013.
Paul O’Connor, Islam in Hong Kong: Muslims and Everyday Life in China’s World City. Hong Kong University Press, 2012. September 20, 2013.
Michael Laffan, The Makings of Indonesian Islam: Orientalism and the Narration of a Sufi Past. Princeton University Press, 2011. July 22, 2013.
Martin Nguyen, Sufi Master and Qur’an Scholar: Abu’l-Qasim al-Qushayri and the Lata’if al-isharat. Oxford University Press, 2012. May 13, 2013.
Aaron Hughes, Theorizing Islam: Disciplinary Deconstruction and Reconstruction. Equinox, 2012. December 5, 2012.
Juliane Hammer, American Muslim Women, Religious Authority, and Activism: More Than a Prayer. University of Texas Press, 2012. November 11, 2012.
Karen Ruffle, Gender, Sainthood, & Everyday Practice in South Asian Shi‘ism. University of North Carolina Press, 2011. October 10, 2012.
Whitney Bodman, The Poetics of Iblis: Narrative Theology in the Qur’an. University of Harvard Press, 2011. September 19, 2012.
Ronit Ricci, Islam Translated: Literature, Conversion, and the Arabic Cosmopolis of South and Southeast Asia. University of Chicago Press, 2011. June 28, 2012.
David Powers, Muhammad is Not the Father of Any of Your Men: The Making of the Last Prophet. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009. May 15, 2012.
Carl Ernst, How to Read the Qur’an: A New Guide with Select Translations. University of North Carolina Press, 2011. February 27, 2012.
James Frankel, Rectifying God’s Name: Liu Zhi’s Confucian Translation of Monotheism and Islamic Law. University of Hawaii Press, 2011. December 9, 2011.
Laury Silvers, A Soaring Minaret: Abu Bakr al-Wasiti and the Rise of Baghdadi Sufism. SUNY Press, 2010. October 25, 2011.
Kambiz Ghaneabassiri, A History of Islam in America: From the New World to the New World Order. Cambridge University Press, 2010. September 23, 2011.
Marginalia Review of Books interviews include conversations with the following authors:
Chloë Starr, Chinese Theology: Text and Context. Yale University Press, 2016. April 27, 2017.
Birgit Meyer, Sensational Movies: Video, Vision, and Christianity in Ghana. University of California Press, 2015. March 17, 2017.
Deepa Iyer, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future. The New Press, 2015. January 3, 2017.
Aaron Hughes, Jacob Neusner: An American Jewish Iconoclast. NYU Press, 2015. December 19, 2016.
Aisha Beliso-De Jesús, Electric Santería: Racial and Sexual Assemblages of Transnational Religion. Columbia University Press, 2015. November 8, 2016.
Claire Chambers, Britain Through Muslim Eyes: Literary Representations, 1780-1988. Palgrave, 2015. October 18, 2016.
Josef Sorett, Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics. Oxford University Press, 2016. September 20, 2016.
Erik Hammerstrom, The Science of Chinese Buddhism: Early Twentieth-Century Engagements.Columbia University Press, 2014. September 6. 2016.
Christopher Driscoll, White Lies: Race and Uncertainty in the Twilight of American Religion. Routledge, 2016. July 26, 2016.
Sarah Dees, “The Materialization of Native American Religions.” July 12, 2016.
Moustafa Bayoumi, This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror. New York University Press, 2015. June 21, 2016.
Deonnie Moodie, “Temples, Class, and Hindu Identity.” June 7, 2016.
Amira Jarmakani, An Imperialist Love Story: Desert Romances and the War on Terror. New York University Press, 2015. May 10, 2016.
C. Richard King, Redskins: Insult and Brand. University of Nebraska Press, 2016. April 26, 2016.
Meredith Warren, “Transformational Eating in Ancient Literature.” April 19, 2016.
Prasenjit Duara, The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian Traditions and a Sustainable Future. Cambridge University Press, 2014. April 5, 2016.
Barbara Ambros, Women in Japanese Religions. New York University Press, 2015. February 23, 2016.
Tracy Fessenden, Laura Levitt, David Harrington Watt, “New Approaches to North American Religions (NYU Press Book Series).” February 16, 2016.
Amy Koehlinger, “Boxing, Masculinity, & American Catholicism.” January 12, 2016.
James Benn, Tea in China: a Religious and Cultural History. University of Hawaii Press, 2015. January 5, 2016.
Steven Ramey, “Culture on the Edge: Studies in Identity Formation Book Series.” December 15, 2015.
Gareth Fisher, From Comrades to Bodhisattvas: Moral Dimensions of Lay Buddhist Practice in Contemporary China. University of Hawaii Press, 2014. December 8, 2015.
Caner Dagli, Maria Dakake, and Joseph Lumbard, The Study Qur’an. HarperOne, 2015.Novemebr 17, 2015.
Zackery Heern, The Emergence of Modern Shi’ism: Islamic Reform in Iraq and Iran.Oneworld Publications, 2015. Novemebr 3, 2015.
Ben Brazil, “Youth Travel and Spiritual Seeking.” November 3, 2015.
Alicia Turner, Saving Buddhism: Moral Community and the Impermanence of Colonial Religion. University of Hawaii Press, 2014. October 13, 2015.
Rose Muravchick, “Textiles, Talismans, and Islam.” October 6, 2015.
Michelle A. Gonzalez, A Critical Introduction to Religion in the Americas: Bridging the Liberation Theology and Religious Studies Divide. NYU Press, 2014. September 15, 2015.
Daniel Sheffield, “Translation & Zoroastrianism in Iran and South Asia.” September 15, 2015.
Russell T. McCutcheon, A Modest Proposal on Method: Essaying the Study of Religion. Brill, 2015. August 25, 2015.
Nathan Abrams, The New Jew in Film: exploring Jewishness and Judaism in Contemporary Cinema. Rutgers University Press, 2012. August 11, 2015.
Hillary Kaell, Walking Where Jesus Walked: American Christians and Holy Land Pilgrimage. NYU Press, 2014. August 4, 2015.
Crispin Paine, Religious Objects in Museums: Private Lives and Public Duties. Bloomsbury, 2013. July 21, 2015.
Laurie Maffly-Kipp and Douglas Winiarski, “Young Scholars in American Religion.” July 7, 2015.
Jason Ānanda Josephson, “Myth of Disenchantment.” June 23, 2015.
Lisa Stampnitzky, Disciplining Terror: How Experts Invented ‘Terrorism’. Cambridge University Press, 2013. May 26, 2015.
Mike Altman, “Invention of Hinduism in America.” May 12, 2015.
Megan Goodwin, “Pedagogical Innovation and Creativity in Religious Studies.” April 28, 2015.
Elias Muhanna, “Digital Islamic Studies.” April 14, 2015.
Graeme Abernethy, The Iconography of Malcolm X. University Press of Kansas, 2013. March 31, 2015.
Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, “British Imperialism, Jihad, & South Asian Muslims.” March 17, 2015.
Carole McGranahan, “Self-Immolation as Protest in Tibet.” February 17, 2015.
Titus Hjelm, Social Constructionisms: Approaches to the Study of the Human World. Palsgrave, 2014. January 20, 2015.
Joseph Laycock, “Approaching the Paranormal within Religious Studies.” December 9, 2014.
Sohail Daulatzai, “Return of the Mecca: The Art of Islam and Hip Hop.” November 20, 2014.
Aaron W. Hughes, “Academy Series with Oxford University Press.” November 11, 2014.
David Thomas, “The History of Christian-Muslim Relations Series.” October 28, 2014.
Caroline T. Schroeder, “Coptic SCRIPTORIUM, and the Digital Humanities in Religious Studies.” October 14, 2014.
Peter Iver Kaufman, “Religion Around Book Series.” September 30, 2014.
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, “The Politics of Religious Freedom” September 16, 2014.
Carool Kersten, “ISIS, the Caliphate, and militant extremism in the Middle East.” September 2, 2014.
Robert M. Geraci, “Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, and the Study of Religion, Science, and Technology.” September 2, 2014.
Kathryn Lofton, “Popular Culture, the Goldman Sachs Group, and the Office Cubicle as a Religious Artifact.” August 19, 2014.