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            Ph. D.     McGill University, Islamic Law (2001)

            M.A.       Concordia University, History and Philosophy of Religion (1997)

            B.A.        Imam Muhammad Bin Saud University, Islamic Law (1988).

            B.A.        Interamerican University, Religion and Psychology (1976).


            Ph. D. Dissertation: “Development of an Archetype: Studies in the Shurayh Traditions.”   

M.A. Thesis: “The Jewish and Christian Influences on the Eschatological Imagery of Sahih




“Blended Learning and Hybrid Courses” CTL, May 21, 2006.

Forests and Trees: Rethinking What Influences Student Learning,” CTL, January 17, 2006.

“Learning Through Journals and Notebooks,”  (CTL), November 16, 2005.

“What Students Want to Know: Designing your Syllabus” (CTL), November 8, 2005.

 “Blackboard Update,” CTL, June 27, 28, 2005.

“The Fellowship of the Large Lecture Hall: Machine-Scored Exams,” CTL, November 10, 2004.

“Aligning Faculty & Student Expectations: Motivating and Communicating With Students About Academic Achievement," CTL, September 16, 2004.

“Learning Outcome Statements,” CTL, February 18, 2004.

“How does Your Agenda Grow,” CTL, October 15, 2003.

“The Webquest Paradigm,” CTL, September 17, 2003.

“Developing Successful Research Proposals,” Faculty Research and Development, September 10, 2003.

BlackBoard Training, August 2003



English, French, Arabic, Akawaio, Malay.

Hebrew: Minimal reading and writing ability.

Java Malay script: Read and Write.



July 2006-Present: San Diego State University, Department of Religious Studies, Associate


August 2003-June 2006: San Diego State University, Department of Religious Studies.

              Assistant Professor.

June 2001-August 2003: Brandeis University, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.

            Kraft-Hiatt Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Islamic Studies.

2002-May 2003: Hebrew College, Newton, MA. Visiting Professor in Qur’an.

2000-2001: McGill University, Institute of Islamic Studies. Lecturer in Arabic.

Summer 1999: Sana’a University, Yemen. Department of Religion. Visiting Professor.

Summer 1998: Al-Hawza al-‘Ilmiyya, Damascus, Syria.  Visiting Professor in Sunni Theology.

Spring 1997: Concordia University, Department of Religion. Teaching Assistant: Introduction to

            the History and Religion of the Jews (Rel. 222). Course Instructor: Rabbi Howard Joseph.

Fall 1996: Concordia University, Department of Religion. Teaching Assistant:  Social History of

            Christianity (Rel. 305), Concordia University. Course Instructor: Dr. Rosemary Hale.

1985-1988: Muhammad b. Saud University. Lecturer: Center for Teaching of Ara bic.

1986-1988: Muhammad b. Saud University. Lecturer: English Language.



October 26, 2004. Continuing Education Center, Rancho Bernardo, CA. “Islam Under Siege.”

August 17-22, 2003. The Wexner Foundation Graduate Fellowship Summer Program:

            “The 70 Faces of Israel,” Stowe, VT. 

August 10-15,2003. Brandeis in the Berkshires, Lenox, MA. Presenter and Program Moderator:

            “Islam, Judaism and Christianity: Pluralism and Discord in the Contemporary World.”

July 21, 2003. The Gralla Program for Journalists, Brandeis University. Presenter: “The Jews in

            Contemporary Arab Journalism.”

April-May 2002. The New Jewish High School, Waltham, MA. Lecturer: “Introduction to             Islam.”



·         NEH grant “The History of War and Peace in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Co-participant with Professors Moore, Begler and Meltzer. Spring 2008 (29982.00).

·         College of Arts and Letters Micro-grant for Hadith Research, SDSU, November 2006

·         Tel Aviv University Workshop Award, June 12-29, 2006, Israel.

·         Fred Hansen Institute of Peace Project for Guyana, 2006-2007 (35000.00)

·         Kraft-Hiatt Postdoctoral Fellowship, Brandeis University: 2001-2003.

·         Translation  Fellowship from The Religion Research Foundation, 2001-Present.

·         Fonds pour la formation de Chercheurs et l’aide à la Récherche, 1997-2000.

·         Institute of Islamic Studies Fellowships, 1998, 1999, 2000-2001.

·         McGill Graduate Studies Travel Grant, 1998.

·         Saudi Arabian Government Scholarship, 1982-1989.

·         Muhammad bin Saud University, Outstanding Student, 1985.

·         Muhammad bin Saud Travel Grants 1984-1988.

·         St. Francis Xavier Scholarship for study in Mexico, 1973-1976.



“World of Our Youth” Translation Husayn Fadlallah’s “Dunya al Shabab”. Montreal. 1998.

“Coming to Terms with the Qur’an” Co-edited with Andrew Rippin.  Islamic Publications International, April 2008.


Refereed Journal Articles

“The Art of Heeding” Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Volume 43:2, Spring 2008: 75-86.

Why End Fundamentalism” Kasarinlan (University of Philippines), Volume 22(2) 2007:124-8.

 “The Islamic Law Maxims” Occasional Papers (#62), Islamic Research Institute, International Islamic University, Karachi, Pakistan.  May 2006.

The Islamic Law Maxims” Islamic Studies, Summer 2005 (2):191-208.

“Zionism, the Qur’an and the Hadith,” Judaism, #213/214 (54), Winter-Spring 2005:79-93.

“Assessing English Translations of the Qur’an,” Middle East Quarterly, Spring 2005, Volume XII (2): 59-72.

“Revisiting Tyan on the issue of the Early Islamic Judicature” Islamic Studies, Autumn 2004 (3):


“Muslim Exegesis, the Hadith and the Jews” Judaism, #209/210 (53)Winter-Spring 2004: 3-11.

“A Muslim Perspective on Human Rights,”Social Science and Modern Society (Volume 41, #2),

            January/February 2004: 29-35.

“Probing the Identity of the Sacrificial Son in the Qur’an,” Journal of Religion and Culture (13),

            1999, Concordia University: 125-138.

“The Foundations of the Muslim Prayer.” Medieval Encounters (5), March 1999, E.J.Brill: 17-28.

“Demonizing the Jew: Examining the Antichrist Traditions in the Sahihayn.” Co-author: Professor Kadir Baksh. Journal of Religion and Culture (12) 1998, Concordia University: 151-164.

“Abraham Geiger and Heinrich Graetz: A Comparison of their Different Perspectives on Jewish

            History,” Journal of Religion and Culture (11) 1997, Concordia University: 141-160.

“The Concept of Abrogation in the Qur’an.” Published under pseudonym, Abu Yousuf al-

            Corentini. Journal of Religion and Culture (10) 1996, Concordia University: 63-76.


Chapter/Prologue  in Book

The Art of Heeding” in Interfaith Dialogue at the Grass Roots,ed. Rebecca Kratz Mays. Ecumenical Press, Philadelphia, July 2008: 75-86.

The Identity of the Qur’an’s Ahl al-Dhikr,” in Coming to Terms with the Qur’an. Ed. by An-

            drew Rippin and Khaleel Mohammed. Islamic Publications International, April 2008, 33-46.

“When certainty becomes immaterial” in Encountering the Stranger: A Jewish, Christian, Muslim Trialogue, ed. Leonard Grob and John Roth. Forthcoming.

“Dialogical Interaction or Post-Honor Confrontation” in Proceedings of the Shemin Trialogue,

            Florida Atlantic University. Forthcoming.

Foreword” in Muhammad, Prophet of God. By Daniel Peterson. New York: Eerdmans, 2007

“Prologue,” in The Trouble With Islam Today. By Irshad Manji. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin.


“Islam and Human Rights,” in Religion and Human Rights, ed. Adam Seligman. Interreligious

            Center on Public Life, Hollis Publishing. 2004: 55-68.



World of Our Youth. Translation of Husayn Fadlallah’s Duniya al-Shabab. Montreal, Damascus

            and Beirut: Organization for Advancement of Islamic Knowledge, Montreal, 1998.


Al-Rida's Argumentation Against the Leaders of the People of the Book, the Magians, the Sa-

            beans and Others (excerpted from Al-Istibsar). Translated as chapter for Theology of  Shi‘ism: A Debate Between Imam Ali Rida and People of Other Beliefs.  Ed. By Saeed Argomand. Global Publications, State University of New York, Binghamton, 1999.



Islam and the Everyday World” Ed. Sohrab Behdad and Farhad Nomani. Middle East Quarterly. XV (3) Summer 2008: 87-8.

Journey Into Islam” by Akbar Ahmed. In Islamic Studies. Forthcoming.

The Jihad next Door” by Dina Temple-Raston. San Diego Union Tribune, Section E5,

               September 16, 2007, (E5)

Journey into Islam” by Akbar Ahmed. Toronto Star, Section AA2. June 30, 2007.

 “Muslims and Others in Early Islamic Society” ed. Robert Hoyland. Middle Eastern Studies Bulletin, 39 (2), December 2005: 204-206.

“Sarajevo Rose,” by Stephen Schwartz. Islamic Studies, Summer 2005 (2):285-288.

 “Civil Democratic Islam: Partners, Resources, and Strategies,” by Cheryl Benard. Middle East Quarterly, XII (3), Summer 2005: 89-90.

“A New Introduction to Islam,” by Daniel Brown. Middle Eastern Studies Bulletin, 38 (1),

            June 2004: 78-79.

“An Introduction to Islam,” by David Waines. Middle East Quarterly, XI (3), Summer 2004: 86.

“Islam Under Siege,” by Akbar Ahmed. In Islamic Studies, Spring 2004 (1): 132-135.

“Excellence and Precedence,” by Asma Afsaruddin. H-Mideast-Medieval, H-Net Reviews,

            2004.Available at:

“The Qur’an-A Contemporary Translation,” by Ahmed Ali. Middle East Studies Association Bul-

            letin, Volume. XXXVI (1) Summer 2002: 47.  Article also available online at :


“The Koran: A Very Short Introduction,” by Michael Cook. H-Mideast-Medieval, H-Net

            Reviews, February 2003. Available also available online at:



Muslim meets Crucifix, Peterborough Examiner, Ontario, Canada March 19, 2008.

We are our own Enemies, Ottawa Citizen, Ontario, Canada. February 19, 2007.



“Divorce” in Encyclopedia of Love. Ed. Yudit Greenberg. ABC-CLIO, November 2007, 1: 171-2.

“Fatherhood” in Encyclopedia of Love. Ed. Yudit Greenberg. ABC-CLIO, November 2007,

               1: 198-9.

“Marriage” in Encyclopedia of Love. Ed. Yudit Greenberg. ABC-CLIO, November 2007,


“Motherhood” Encyclopedia of Love. Ed. Yudit Greenberg. ABC-CLIO,           November 2007,


“Qur’an” Encyclopedia of Love. Ed. Yudit Greenberg. ABC-CLIO, November 2007, 2:493-5.

“Sex, Sexuality and Family in the Qur’an,” Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Qur’an. Ed. Andrew Rippin. November 2006.




“Guyanese Perspectives on Jonestown”March 2004.

“For Whom the Holy Land: A Qur’anic Answer.”  November 2004. At



New Approaches to Islamic Studies” First Summer Conference, IIIT, Herndon, VA. July 13-

August 15.

Revisiting Abraham Geiger: What did Muhammad take from the Jews”.  “Islam Through Jewish

Eyes, Judaism Through Muslim Eyes”Conference. University of Munich/UC Berkeley in Schloss Elmau, Germany. June 26, 27, 2007.

“The Hajj and the Retelling of Jewish History,” Western Jewish Studies Association Annual Con-

ference, Arizona State University.March 12-14, 2005.

“The Fiqh Maxims,” Middle Eastern Studies Association Annual Conference, San Francisco.

            November 20-23, 2004.

 “Guyanese Responses and Reactions to Jonestown,” Society for the Scientific Study of Religion,

            Annual Conference, Norfolk, VA. October 23-26, 2003.

“Q2: 223: Your Wives are a Tilth for you . . . ” American Academy of Religion Annual Confer-

            ence, Toronto, Canada, November 23-26, 2002.

“Islam and Zionism: the Trajectory from the Qur’an to the Hadith,” Association for Israeli Stu-

            ies Conference, Vail, Colorado, May 26-28, 2002.

Arabic Language as the Barrier between Exegesis and Eisegesis,” Annual Conference of the De-

            partment of Religion, Concordia University, May 1999.

“Demonizing the Jews in the Sahihayn,” Annual Conference of the Department of Religion, Con-

            cordia University, May 1998.

“The Foundations of the Muslim Prayer,” Avoda and ‘Ibada: Liturgy and Ritual in Islamic and

            Judaic Traditions Conference, University of Denver, March 1998.

“Taking the Veil off the Hijab Issue,” Annual Conference of the Department of Religion, Con-

            cordia University, May 1997.

“Towards a Methodology for Extrapolating the Social Situation to which the Qur’anic Legislation

Concerning Women is Addressed.” Annual Conference of the Department of Religion, Concordia University, 1996.



“Islam and Business” International Scholars Abrahamic Trialogue, Amman, Jordan, May 23-30, 2008.

“Islam and Reproductive Choice” at From Abortion Rights to Social Justice Conferencee” Hampshire College, MA (Project of Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program). April 4-6, 2008

“Permanent Text: Impermanent Interpretations” Chautauqua Conference., NY. August 2, 2007.

“Jews and Judaica: From Qur’an to Hadith.” Annual McMartin Lecture, Carleton University, Ottawa. February 6, 2007.

“Radical Islam” for ISCOR 575, SDSU. September 28, 2006

“Radical Islam” for CJA 601, SDSU. September 24, 2006




“Zionism in the Qu’ran and Islamic Traditions,” Florida International University. For RELS 4937-Hadith, the Voice of the Prophet). April 3, 2006.

“Cartoon Controversy in the Western and Muslim Worlds,” Wayne State University (sponsored

            by Political Science Dept., Center for Conflict and Peace Studies, Muslim Students Asso-

            ciation, Hillel, Jewish Students’ Law Association, and B’nai B’rith). March 30, 2006.

“Islamic Views of Jews and Judaism,” Michigan State University. March 29, 2006.

“Modern Islam and Israel,” Agency for Jewish Education, Coronado Library, San Diego.

            April 20, 2005.

“The Qur’an, Judaism and Islam,”Orange County Jewish Community Center,Irvine. April 3,


“Origins and History of Islam,”( for International Relations in the Middle East Class, INR 3274),

            Florida International University. March 30, 2005.

“Islam and Politics,” for Religion and World Politics Class, CPO 3761) Florida Atlantic Univer-

            sity. March 28, 2005.

 “Medieval Islam and the Demonization of Jews,” Agency for Jewish Education, Coronado Li-

            brary, San Diego. March 16, 2005.

“Genesis of Islam and the Abrahamic Message,” Agency for Jewish Education, Coronado Li-

            brary, San Diego. February 16, 2005.

 “For Whom the Land? A Qur’anic Answer,” Jerusalem Summit, Israel. November 27-30, 2004.

“Understanding Judaism and Islam,” University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. October 21,


“Strange Bedfellows: How Jewish and Islamic Law Impacted Upon Each Other,” Loyola Law

            School. October 13, 2004.

“Jesus: From Qur’anic Pacifist to Hadith Warrior,” Fuller Seminary. September 20, 2004.

“Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Is there Opportunity for Religious Pluralism?” Claremont

Graduate School. Panel Presentation with Dr. Reuven Firestone, Dr. Michael Najim. March 23,2004.

“Combating the New Anti-Semitism,” Concluding roundtable panel presentation, International

            Conference on the Global Dimensions of Anti-Semitism, Montreal. March 16,2004.

 “Anti-Semitism in Contemporary Islamic Literature,” International Conference on the Global

            Dimensions of Anti-Semitism, Montreal. March 15, 2004.

 “Outreach in Early Islam: The Ritual Prayer as Shared Rite between Jews, Christians and Mus-

            lims,” Workshop on Ritual, Identity and Boundaries, Boston University, May 21-22,


“The Qur’an and Israel,” Program in Judaic Studies, Clark University, April 22, 2003.

“Texts in Context: Dealing with Difficult Passages in the Torah and Qur’an,” Second Annual

            Conference on Conflict Resolution, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, March

            29-30, 2003.

“Perspectives on the War in Iraq,” Department of Political Science Panel, Siena College,

            March 26, 2003.

 “Defining a Common Moral Ground in Bioethics: A Muslim Perspective,” Interreligious

            Center for Public Life Conference, Hebrew College, March 10, 2003.

“An Islamic Scholar’s Perspective,” Panel presentations on: Bloodshed in the Current Intifada,”

            Harvard University Hillel, October 20, 2003.

“Human Rights: An Islamic Perspective,” Interreligious Center for Public Life/Pew Forum Con-

            ference, Hebrew College, October 6, 2002.

“The Qur’an and Israel,” Program in Religion, Brandeis University, May 2002.

 “Alternative Voices,” Dept. of Continuing Education, University of Judaism, April 2002.

“Fostering Mutualism between Muslim and Jew: Understanding the Qur’an through the Talmud

            and Midrash,” Fourth International Conference on Conflict Resolution, Institute of Ad-

            vanced Theology, Bard College, April 2002.

“Islam and the Current Global Situation” Brandeis Adult Learning Institute, April 2002.

 “Love and Sex in the Qur’an” Dept. of Sociology, Brandeis University, March 2002.


 “Focus on Islam” Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service, Brandeis University,

            January 2002.

 “Islam in Focus,” Brandeis Adult Learning Institute, October, 2001.

“The Messiah in Islamic Eschatology,” San’a University, June 1999.

 “Judaism and Islam: The Conflict in the Middle East Through the Eyes of Jews and Muslims,”

Inaugural conference of Brandeis University and The Commission for Jewish Education of the Palm Beaches, Fl., February 3, 2002. (co-speaker: Prof. Reuven Kimelman).

 The Hidden Message of Jesus in the Qur’an,” Concordia University, March 1998.

“Towards a New Islamwissenschaft,” Dartmouth College, February 1997.

“Applying Forensics to the study of ‘Ilal in Muslim Hadith Science,” McGill, January, 1997.




Interfaith Dialogue,” Abraham Festival, Peterborough, ON, Canada. March 2, 2008.

“Layering of Scripture: Exegetical Traditions in Judaism and Islam on the “other’ in the Holy Land.” At  “Is there room at the Inn” Academic Seminar, Florida International University, March  7, 2007.

“Christianity, Islam and Judaism after 9/11” First Shemin Trialogue Seminar, Florida Atlantic University. February 12, 2007.

 “The Qur’an, Militant Islam and Israel,” Israel 2005 Conference, Stanford University Graduate

            School of Business. April 10, 2005

“The Apocalyptic Image in Islam” 35th Annual Scholars Conference, St. Joseph’s University,

            Philadelphia. March 5-8, 2005.

“Post-Arafat: A Muslim View from Israel” American-Israel Public Affairs Committee, Palm

            Springs. January 11, 2005.

 “Future of the Middle East Conflict” Yom Kippur Issues Forum, East County Performing Arts

            Center, El Cajon. Sept 25, 2004.

 “Can American Jews and Muslims Get Along?”  Keynote Address, American Jewish Committee,

            San Diego Chapter. July 22, 2004.

“People of the Book: Islamic Perspectives on Jews and Judaism,” University of California: Santa

            Cruz. April 22, 2004.

“The Anti-Christ Theme in Islam,” Plenary Address, Western Jewish Studies Association 10th

            Anniversary Conference, San Diego. March 28, 2004.

“Judaism and Islam—A Unique Pro-Israel Perspective” United Jewish Federation, Fairbanks

            Ranch Country Club, Rancho Santa Fe. February 25, 2004.

“Islam, Zionism and the Jews,” University of California: Santa Cruz. April 21, 2004.

“The Protozionist Views of Early Muslim Exegetes,” Interfaith Alliance at Harvard University

            Law School. November 24, 2003.

“Arabs and Jews Throughout the Ages” Keynote Address at the Annual Meeting of the San

            Diego Anti-Defamation League.  Beth Israel Synagogue. November 20, 2003.

“The Qur’an and Israel,” Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program, Jewish

            Studies Program/Department of Religion & Philosophy Presentation, Rollins College,        Fl. November 13, 2003.

 “The Use of Names, Symbols, Places: Problems of Instruction in Schools with Focus on the

            Arab-Israeli Issue as seen in California Schools,” La Costa Canyon High School, San

            Dieguito Union High School District, CA. August 26, 2003.



Member:   -Middle Eastern Studies Association

                  -American Academy of Religion

                  -Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

                  -Western Jewish Studies Association

                  -American Oriental Society

                  -California Faculty Association