September 21, 2015
Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University
Editor, Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Dr. Amir Hussain is Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he teaches courses on world religions. His own particular specialty is the study of Islam, focusing on contemporary Muslim societies in North America. Although born in Pakistan, Amir came to Canada with his family when he was four. His academic degrees (BSc, MA, PhD) are all from the University of Toronto where he received a number of awards, including the university’s highest award for alumni service. Amir’s PhD dissertation was on Muslim communities in Toronto. For 2011 to 2015, Amir is the editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the premier scholarly journal for the study of religion.
Professor of History at Gordon College
Jennifer Hevelone-Harper, Professor of History at Gordon College in Wenham Massachusetts where she teaches courses in Medieval Europe, Eastern European Byzantium and the Caucasus, and Medieval and Early Modern Europe. She has also taught with the Gordon in Orvieto seminar program located in Orvieto, Italy. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from Princeton University and an M.A. from the University of Chicago and her undergraduate degree from Gordon College. She is the author of Disciples in the Desert: Monks, Laity and Spiritual Authority in the Sixth Century (Johns Hopkins University, 2005). She also contributed “Desert Fathers and Desert Literature” in the Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Oxford, 2010) and the chapter “The Three Heirs of Rome in the Sixth Century” in the forthcoming book, A History of World Civilization (Triangle Publishing). Jennifer lives with her husband and 4 children in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies at Biola University
Judith Mendelsohn Rood received her Ph.D. in Modern Middle Eastern History from the University of Chicago and her M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. She earned her B.A. at New College, an experimental liberal arts college modeled on the Oxford University curriculum, and did undergraduate and graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Rood was the first woman ever permitted to undertake research in the Islamic Archives in Jerusalem, and was the first American since 1967 to do so. Her specialization is the Muslim community in Jerusalem during the Ottoman period. She is especially interested in the relations of Muslims, Christians, and Jews from an historical perspective.
Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology at Notre Dame
Gabriel Said Reynolds is Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology at Notre Dame. His research is focused above all on the Qur'an and Muslim-Christian relations. He wrote a dissertation on the remarkable Islamic history of Christianity of Abd al-Jabbar (d. 1025); the dissertation won the Field Prize at Yale and was published (Brill 2004) as A Muslim Theologian in the Sectarian Milieu. Reynolds also prepared an introduction and translation of this history, published (BYU 2008) as The Critique of Christian Origins.