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Amir  Hussain - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Amir Hussain Amir  Hussain

Professor of Theological Studies | Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

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Biography

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 speciality is the study of Islam, focusing on contemporary Muslim societies in North America. 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. 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. He has a deep commitment to students, and holds the distinction of being the only male to serve as Dean of Women at University College, University of Toronto. Before coming to California in 1997, Amir taught courses in religious studies at several universities in Canada. He is active in academic groups such as the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion and the American Academy of Religion. He is on the editorial boards of four scholarly journals, the Journal of Religion, Conflict and Peace; Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life; the Ethiopian Journal of Religious Studies; and Comparative Islamic Studies. Amir is also interested in areas such as religion and music, religion and literature, religion and film and religion and popular culture. In 2008, he was appointed a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. Prior to his appointment at Loyola Marymount University, Amir taught at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) from 1997 to 2005. Amir won a number of awards at CSUN, both for his teaching and research. In 2001 he was selected for the outstanding faculty award by the National Center on Deafness. For the academic year 2003-04, he was selected as the Jerome Richfield Memorial Scholar. In both 2008 and 2009, Amir was chosen by vote of LMU students as the Professor of the Year. He is the co-editor for the fourth editions of World Religions: Western Traditions, and World Religions: Eastern Traditions, textbooks published in 2014 by Oxford University Press. He is also the co-editor for the third edition of A Concise Introduction to World Religions, published by OUP in 2015. Prior to those books, he wrote an introduction to Islam for North Americans entitled Oil and Water: Two Faiths, One God (Kelowna: Copper House, 2006). He has published over 50 book chapters and scholarly articles about religion.

Education (3)

University of Toronto: Ph.D., Centre for the Study of Religion

University of Toronto: M.A., Centre for the Study of Religion

University of Toronto: B.Sc., Psychology

Areas of Expertise (4)

Interfaith Dialogue Islam and Muslim Lives in the United States; Muslim Communities in North America Religion on Film and Television

Accomplishments (5)

Fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities (professional)

Appointed in 2008

Professor of the Year (professional)

Selected by vote of LMU students in 2008 and 2009

Editor, The Journal of the American Academy of Religion (professional)

From 2011-2015

Senior Editor for Oxford Handbooks Online: Religion (professional)

A new online reference from Oxford University Press, appointed in 2012

Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies (professional)

Fall 2016, at University of Southern California

Affiliations (1)

  • Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities

Languages (4)

  • English
  • French
  • Urdu
  • Arabic

Courses (9)

Religions of the World

Religions of the World

Islam

Islam

Muslim/Jewish Theology

Muslim/Jewish Theology

Islam in America

Islam in America

Islam in the Modern World

Islam in the Modern World

Comparative Theology

Comparative Theology

Religion and Film

Religion and Film

Islam and Interreligious Dialogue

Islam and Interreligious Dialogue

First Year Seminar: Islam and the Building of America

First Year Seminar: Islam and the Building of America

Articles (13)

Toward a Muslim Theology of Migration Palgrave MacMillan

2014 “Toward a Muslim Theology of Migration”, a chapter in Elaine Padilla and Peter C. Phan, Editors, Theology of Migration in the Abrahamic Religions. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 173-186.

Religious Diversity and Public Education: The Example of American Muslims Routledge

2013 “Religious Diversity and Public Education: The Example of American Muslims”, a chapter in Vincent F. Biondo III and Andrew Fiala, Editors, Civility, Religious Pluralism, and Education. New York: Routledge, pp. 193-203.

Confronting Misoislamia: Teaching Religion and Violence in Courses on Islam Oxford University Press

2012 “Confronting Misoislamia: Teaching Religion and Violence in Courses on Islam”, a chapter in Brian K. Pennington, Editor, Teaching Religion and Violence. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 118-148.

Muslims University of Toronto Press

2012 Amir Hussain and Jamie S. Scott, “Muslims”, a chapter in Jamie S. Scott, Editor, The Religions of Canadians. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 167-218.

Muslims and Sexual Diversity in North America University of British Columbia Press

2011 Momin Rahman and Amir Hussain, “Muslims and Sexual Diversity in North America”, a chapter in David Rayside and Clyde Wilcox, Editors, Faith, Politics and Sexual Diversity in Canada and the United States. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, pp. 255-274.

Images of Muhammad in literature, art, and music Cambridge University Press

2010 “Images of Muhammad in literature, art, and music”, a chapter in Jonathan E. Brockopp, Editor, The Cambridge Companion to Muhammad. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 274-292.

(Re)presenting: Muslims on North American Television Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life

2010 “(Re)presenting: Muslims on North American Television”, an article in Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life, Vol. 4, No. 1, April, pp. 55-75.

Islam Routledge

2009 “Islam”, a chapter in John Lyden, Editor, The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film. London: Routledge, pp. 131-140.

The Fire Next Time’: Sleeper Cell and Muslims on Television Post 9/11 Baylor University Press

2009 “‘The Fire Next Time’: Sleeper Cell and Muslims on Television Post 9/11”, a chapter in Diane Winston, Editor, Small Screen / Big Picture: Television and Lived Religion. Waco: Baylor University Press, pp. 153-170.

Islam in the Plural Institute of Ismaili Studies

2009 “Islam in the Plural”, a chapter in Amyn Sajoo, Editor, A Companion to the Muslim World. London: Institute of Ismaili Studies, pp. 87-105.

Listen to the Dark’: Death and Dying in Music, Film and Literature Oxford University Press

2008 “‘Listen to the Dark’: Death and Dying in Music, Film and Literature”, a chapter in Christopher M. Moreman, Editor, Teaching Death and Dying. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 213-226.

From Tolerance to Dialogue: A Muslim perspective on interfaith dialogue with Christians Asian Christian Review

2008 “From Tolerance to Dialogue: A Muslim perspective on interfaith dialogue with Christians”, an article in Asian Christian Review, Vol. 2, Nos. 2 & 3, Summer/Winter, pp. 85-97.

The Diaspora in the West Routledge

2008 “The Diaspora in the West”, a chapter in Andrew Rippin, Editor, The Islamic World. London: Routledge, pp. 131-142.

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