IHSAN A. BAGBY
Home Address: Business Address:
649 Cardiff Lane 1075 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington, KY 40503 Lexington, KY 40506
(859) 296-1233 (859) 257-9638 Fax (859) 257-3743
Ph.D., University of Michigan, Near Eastern Studies with concentration in Islamic Studies, 1986. Dissertation: “Utility in the Classical Islamic Law: The Concept of Maslahah in Usul al-Fiqh.”
B.A., Oberlin College, Sociology, 1970.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Grant, “The U.S. Mosque Life Survey,” 2004-2005, funded by Lilly Foundation through Interdenominational Theological Center and its African American Congregational Life Survey.
Grant, “Transitions from Prison to Community: African American Muslim Mosques and Programs for Formerly Incarcerated Persons,” 2003-2004, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and awarded to Lawrence H. Mamiya (Vassar College) and Ihsan Bagby.
Grant, “Detroit Masjid Study,” 2003-2004, funded by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (Detroit).
Grant, “Islam in the African American Experience,” 2002-2004, funded by the University of Kentucky’s Research Committee in the Office of the Vice President for Research.
Grant, “Masjid Study Project 2000,” 1999-2001, funded by the Lilly Foundation through FACT (Faith Communities Today), the Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership and the Interdenominational Theological Center (Atlanta).
Fulbright-Hays Dissertational Research Fellowship, 1981.
Foreign Language Fellowship (FLAS), University of Michigan, 1978-81.
Center for Arabic Studies Abroad, American University in Cairo, Fellowship, 1977-78.
University of Kentucky, Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, 2002-present.
Shaw University (Raleigh, NC), Associate Professor of International Studies and Chairperson of the Department of Political Science and International Studies, 1998-2002 and Assistant Professor, 1994-1998.
Research Associate, “Islam in the African American Experience” Study, 1993-1998. Duties: conducted interviews with approximately 130 African American imams and conducted original research in the history of African American Muslims.
Islamic Resource Institute (Orange County, CA), Director, 1991-1994. Duties: conducted
sociological research on Muslims in America and developed resource material on Islam.
Islamic Teaching Center (Plainfield, IN), Director, 1985-1991. Duties: lectured on Islam; organized intensive, academic training programs primarily for Muslim leadership.
Martin University (Indianapolis, IN), Assistant Professor, 1987-1991 and Director of “Summer Program in Arabic and Islamic Studies.”
RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Advisor Panel, Pew Research Center’s “Muslim American Project,” 2006-2007.
Researcher, “African American Congregational Life Survey, Atlanta: Institute for Black Religious Life, Interdenominational Theological Center, 2005, 8 pp.
Research Committee, Leadership Development Center, Islamic Society of North America, 2006-present.
Board of Directors, Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership, Hartford Seminary, 2004-present
Fellow, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (Detroit, MI), 2004-present
Advisory Board, Hartford Institute for Religious Research, Hartford Seminary, 2002-present.
Advisory Board and Survey Researcher, “Muslims in the American Public Square Project,” Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, 1999-2003.
Principal Researcher, Masjid Study Project 2000, a project of FACT (Faith Communities Today), Hartford Seminary, 1996-2001.
Advisory Committee, Southern California Religious Pluralism Project, organized by the Center for the Study of Religion, University of California Santa Barbara, 1993-1995.
MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
American Academy of Religion
Association of Muslim Social Scientists
Fiqh Council of North America
Middle East Studies Association
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
National Chaplaincy Board, Islamic Society of North America, 2004-present.
Board of Trustees, ISNA Leadership Development Center,2004-present.
Board of Trustees, Council of American-Islamic Relations (Washington, D.C.), 1993-present
Fiqh Council of North America, 1987-present.
Board of Directors, Interfaith Alliance (Lexington, KY), 2002-2004.
Board of Directors, Interfaith Alliance (Raleigh, NC), 1997-2002.
Board of Directors, Triangle World Affairs Council (Raleigh, NC), 1997-2002.
Vice President, Association of Muslim Social Scientists, 1997-1999.
WORKS IN PROGRESS
“African American Muslim Movements and Experiences: The Struggle between Race, Religion and Nationality,” a book that will combine a historical and sociological study of African-American Muslims. I am co-authoring this work with Dr. Lawrence Mamiya. This work will follow a similar pattern as Mamiya and Lincoln’s ground-breaking work, Black Churches in the African-American Experience. Estimated length 500 pp.
BOOKS AND MONOGRAPHS
A Portrait of Detroit Mosques: Muslim Views on Policy, Politics and Religion, Clinton Township, MI: Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, 2004, 62 pp.
The American Mosque: A National Portrait, with Paul Perl and Bryan Froehle, Washington, DC: Council on American-Islamic Relations, 2001, 61 pp.
ARTICLES IN EDITED VOLUMES
“Second-Generation Muslim Immigrants in Detroit Mosques: The Second Generation’s Search for Their Place and Identity in the American Mosque,” in Passing on the Faith: Transforming Traditions for the Next Generation of Jews, Christians, and Muslims, edited by James L. Heft, New York: Fordham University Press, 2006, pp. 218-244.
“Isolate, Insulate, Assimilate: Attitudes of Mosque Leaders toward America,” in A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America, edited by Stephen Prothero, Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2006, pp. 23-42.
“The Mosque in the American Public Square,” in Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square, edited by Zahid Bukhari, Sulayman Nyang, Mumtaz Ahmad and John Espositio. New York: Rowman and Littlefield Publishing, 2003, pp. 323-346.
“Imams and Mosque Organization in the United States: A Study of Mosque Leadership and Organizational Structure in American Mosques,” in Muslims in the United States, edited by Philippa Strum and Danielle Tarantolo, Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2003, pp. 113-134.
Reprint of “Imams and Mosque Organization in the United States: A Study of Mosque Leadership and Organizational Structure in American Mosques,” in Muslims in the United States: Identity, Influence, Innovation, edited by Philippa Strum, Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2005, pp. 19-35.
ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS
“The American Mosque in Transition: Assimilation, Acculturation and Isolation,” accepted for publication in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, special edition entitled “Muslims and the State in the Post-9/11 West,” edited by Erik Bleich, Ms. 32 pp.
“Comparison of African-American and Immigrant Mosque Participants,” Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA, Spring 2006, Vol. XXXIII, No. 1 and 2, pp. 89-110.
“Strengths, Challenges and Ideology of Detroit Mosques: Reflections on the Detroit Mosque Study,” Journal of Islamic Law and Culture, Vol. 9:1 Spring/Summer 2004, pp. 87-125.
“A Profile of African American Masjids,” Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA, Spring 2002, Vol. XXIX, No. 1 and 2, pp. 205-241.
“The Issue of Maslahah in Classical Islamic Legal Theory,” International Journal of Islamic and Arabic Studies, 1985, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 1-12.
ARTICLES AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS
“Contributions of Enslaved African Muslims,” in Muslim Journal, Vol. 32, No. 50, September 14, 2007, p. 10.
“Muslim Overview: Members Voice Project,” with Deborah Bruce, report for the African American Congregational Life Survey, Atlanta: Institute for Black Religious Life, Interdenominational Theological Center, 2005, 8 pp.
“Implications of the Detroit Mosque Study for other American Muslim Communities,” with M. Misbah Shahid in Institute for Social Policy and Understanding’s Report Analysis, Feb., 2005, pp. 1-7.
“American Culture and Islam” in Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, edited by Richard Martin, New York: Macmillian Reference USA, 2004, I:41-45.
“Muslim Communities and Programs for the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders in the United States,” a report sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation by Ihsan Bagby and Lawrence H. Mamiya (Vassar College), 2004, Ms. 43 pp.
“Meet Your Neighbors: Interfaith Facts,” with J. Martin Bailey, published by Faith Communities Today (FACT), Hartford Seminary, 2003, 16 pp.
Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000: An Enumeration by Region, State and County Based on Data Reported for 149 Religious Bodies, Dale Jones, et.al., Nashville: Glenmary Research Center, 2002. I produced the Muslim data for this publication.
Book Review of Turabi’s Revolution: Islam and Power in Sudan, in The Middle East Affairs Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1-2, Winter/Spring, 1998.
Muslim Resource Directory, Los Angeles: Islamic Resource Institute, 1994, 48 pp.
Directory of Masjids and Muslim Organizations in North America, Los Angeles: Islamic Resource Institute, 1994, 117 pp.
“Islam in America,” National Catholic Reporter, Feb. 8, 1990, p. 6.
“Revised Criteria for Determining the Beginning and End of Ramadan,” Islamic Horizons, 1987, vol. 16, no. 4:12.
“Reflections on Hijrah--Lessons for Muslims in North America, Al-Ittihad, 1986, vol. 21:61-68.
“The Issue of Maslahah in Classical Islamic Legal Theory,” International Journal of Islamic and Arabic Studies, 1985, vol. 2, no. 2:1-12.
PROFESSIONAL PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS
“Juridical Differences (Ikhtilaf) and the American Muslim Community,” lecture at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, September 2007.
“The American Mosque in Transition: Assimilation, Acculturation and Isolation,” paper presented at Middlebury College, symposium on “Muslims and the State in the Post-9/11 West,” April 2007.
“African-American Muslims: Resistance and Identity,” a lecture at the Martin Luther King Center, University of Kentucky, sponsored by Multi-cultural Center and Muslim Student Association, March 2007.
“Muslims in America: An Overview,” presentation at The Brookings Institute, Symposium on “Religious Diversity and Social Cohesion: Islamic Education in the USA and Germany,” March 2007, sponsored by the Herbert Quandt Foundation.
“Islam and Violence,” Convocation at Centre College (KY), February 2007.
“History of African American Muslims,” a lecture at the University of Tampa, January 2007.
“Religion and Death,” a lecture at the Appalachian Festival of Faiths: Religion and Death, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY, November 2006.
“Acculturation or Assimilation in American Mosque Attendees,” a lecture at “The Mosque in the West,” symposium sponsored by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT, Boston, MA, April 2006.
“Sectarianism and Democracy in Iraq,” a lecture at the University of Kentucky, sponsored by the Committee for Democracy and Social Change, April 2006.
“The Role of Muslim Community Leaders in US Relations with the Muslim World,” presentation at the conference on “Muslims in America: Challenges, Prospects, and Responsibilities,” sponsored by the Institute for Defense Analyses, at the Institute for Defense Analyses Headquarters, Washington, DC, March 2006
“Negotiating Religious Identity in Diaspora: The Old and the New about being a Religious Minority in the United States and Europe,” a presentation at a symposium sponsored by the Center for the Study of Law and Religion and the Office of International Affairs, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, March 2006
“Researching the American Mosque,” a lecture at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, Louisville, KY, October 2005
“The Mosque Leader: Role, Responsibility and Accountability,” a lecture at the Annual Convention of the Islamic Society of North America, Chicago, IL, September 2005.
“Islam: A Religion and a Great Arab Epic,” a lecture sponsored by The Basillica of St. Mary (Detroit, MI) as part of their Dialogue of Civilizations and our Common Destiny, May 2005
“The History of African American Muslims,” a lecture sponsored by African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL, April 2005
“The History of Muslims in America: Search for Identity and Their Place in America,” a lecture presented at Indiana University-Purdue University, (IUPUI), March 2005.
“Position of the Scholars of Usul towards the Authority of the Acts of the Prophet,” a paper presented at a conference on “The Position of the Sunnah in Islamic Jurisprudence,” organized by the Foundation for Islamic Education, Villanova, PA., March 2005
“The Muslims among Us: Danger or Asset?” lecture at University of Kentucky, organized by the College of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Programs, “Homeland Security: An Interdisciplinary Conversation,” February 2005.
“The Second Generation and the American Mosque: The Second Generation’s Search for Identity and Place in Detroit Mosques,” a paper presented at the “Faith, Fear and Indifference: Constructing Religious Identity in the Next Generation Conference,” organized by the Center for Religion & Civic Culture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, Oct 2004
“Muslim Diversity in America,” presentation at the Institute on Islam and Muslims in America, a
training program for journalists, organized by the Social Science Research Council, New York Times Company Foundation and Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, New York City. Sept 2004
“A Profile of Detroit Mosque Communities: Highlights of the Detroit Mosque Study,” a paper presented at the Islam in America Conference, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, April 2004
“The Forgotten Presence of African Muslims in Early American History,” a lecture at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, April 2004.
“Islam in America” Teachers Workshop entitled “Islam in Context: 7th Century Arabia to 21st Century America” University of Florida, organized by the Association of Asian Studies, Gainesville, FL, January 2004.
“The Muslim Community in America: Negotiating Its Place in America,” Convocation at Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, KY, November 2003.
“Accommodation and Isolation in the American Muslim Community,” Annual Conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Norfolk, VA, October 2003.
“Deeper Roots: History of Muslims in America,” a lecture at the Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, September 2003.
“Imams and Mosque Organizations in America,” a paper presented at the Muslims in the United States Conference, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, June 2003.
“Shariah in Islam: A Basis for a Modern State?” a lecture at Berea College, Berea, KY, April 2003.
“History of Islam in Detroit,” a lecture at the Islam and America Conference, Wayne County Community College, Detroit, MI, January 2003.
“The American Islamic Experience,” Chapel Forum at Georgetown College (KY), November 2002.
“A Profile of the African American Muslim Community and the Effects Of 9/11,” a lecture at the African American Studies and Research Program’s Carter G. Woodson Lecture Series, University of Kentucky, October 2002.
“Cultural Politics: Struggle over Patriotic Symbols, Values and Meanings in the American Muslim Community.” A lecture at the Conference, Islam in America: Rights and Citizenship in a Post 9/11 World, sponsored by Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Department of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley and American Muslim Alliance. September 2002.
“A Profile of African American Masjids,” a paper presented at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA., Project 2000 Interfaith Symposium, January 2002.
“The Vital Mosque,” Islam in America Conference, sponsored by the Islamic Society of North America, May 2001.
“The African American Muslim Community,” a lecture at Emory University, February 2001.
“A Typology of Muslim Attitudes towards Participating in American Politics,” A lecture given at the convention of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists, Georgetown University, October 2000.
“Islamic Communities in America: A Typology of Muslim Conservatism,” lecture at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, March 2000.
“Social Justice in Islam and Christianity,” Interfaith Dialogue at Texas A&M, February 2000.
“Rules for Ijtihad (Legal Reasoning),” lecture presented at the Annual Convention of the Islamic Society of North America, Chicago, September 1999.
“Understanding Islam,” lecture at North Carolina State University, organized by the Interfaith Alliance, Raleigh, October 1998.
“A Typology of Masjid Communities in North America,” paper presented at “Dialogue Between Islam and the West” a conference organized by International Institute for Islamic Thought, Washington, DC, March 1998.
“Does Islamic Law Allow Participation in Non-Muslim Societies,” a paper given at the Annual Convention of the Islamic Society of North America, Dayton, OH, September 1996.
“The Islamic Revival in the Muslim World,” a lecture given at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, April 1996.
“Muslim-Christian Dialogue: Concept of Salvation,” Texas A&M University, College Station, February 1996.