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Marcia K. Hermansen

August 2012


Theology Dept.   

Loyola University

Crown Center 301      Tel. (773)-508-2345  (work)

1032 W. Sheridan Rd., 

Chicago Il 60660      E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





A. Institution Dates Degree Field


  University of Chicago 1974-1982 Ph.D. Near East Languages and Civilization (Arabic & Islamic Studies)


  University of Toronto 1973-1974Special Student


  University of Waterloo 1970-1972B.A. General Arts


  McGill University 1969-1970Honors English


B. Dissertation Topic:  The Theory of Religion of Shah Wali Allah of Delhi (1702-1762)


C.   Language Competency: Arabic, Persian, Urdu, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Turkish 





A. Teaching and Other Positions Held


   2006-  Director, Islamic World Studies Program, Loyola


1997- Professor, Theology Dept., Loyola University, Chicago


   2003 Visiting Professor, Summer School, Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium


1982-1997 Professor, Religious Studies, San Diego State University


  1985-1986 Visiting Professor, Institute of Islamic Studies

    McGill University, Montreal, Canada


  1980-1981 Foreign Service, Canadian Department of External Affairs:

Postings to the United Nations General Assembly, Canadian Delegation; Vice-Consul, Canadian Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela


1979-1980 Lecturer, Religion Department, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario


Cataloguing for South Asia Collection, Regenstein Library, University of Chicago, 1978

Research Assistant and Translator (Persian), Art Department, University of Chicago, 1978

Private Tutor of Arabic, Chicago, 1977-1978

Teacher of English, Mashhad, Iran, 1976



B.Courses Taught


   Religious Studies

World Religions: An undergraduate course presenting major concepts from eastern and western religious traditions.

Religions of India

Myth and Symbol: Psychological, anthropological, and religious approaches 

Religion and Psychology

Sacred Biography

Dynamics of Religious Experience

Comparative Spiritualities

Scripture in Comparative Perspective

Ways of Understanding Religion (Theory and Methodology in the Study of Religion)

Comparative Mysticism


Islamic Studies

Introduction to Islam.

Islamic Mysticism: A seminar based on discussion of readings from Sufi texts.

Qur'an and Hadith (Islamic Texts): An advanced seminar on major themes and traditions of interpretation of Qur'anic and hadith material.

Arab-Islamic Culture and Civilization 

Women, Gender and Embodiment in Islam

Islam in America

Islamic Religious Literature

The South Asian Muslim Experience

Islamic Spirituality

Freedom, Justice, Authority in Contemporary Islamic Theology

Contemporary Islamic Thought and Movements

Encountering the Middle East (Honors)

Elementary Urdu

Intermediate Urdu—Readings in Urdu Prose and Poetry

Encountering the Middle East: Ritual and Performance

Islam in/and the West




A. Publications


  1. Books


Shah Wali Allah of Delhi's Hujjat Allah al-Baligha (The Conclusive Argument from God).  E. J. Brill, 1996. Pakistani edition Islamabad: Islamic Research Institute 2003.


Co-editor: Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World. New York: MacMillan, 2003.


Shah Wali Allah of Delhi’s Treatises on Islamic Law Louisville, KY: Fons Vitae, 2010.


The New Voices of Muslim Women Theologians”, co-editor, under consideration  by E. J. Brill.


“American Sufis” (under contract to Oxford U.P.)


2. Articles in Refereed Journals


"Shah Wali Allah's Arrangement of the Subtle Spiritual Centers," Studies in Islam, July 

1982, pp. 137-150.


"Shah Wali Allah of Delhi's Hujjat Allah al-Baligha: Tension Between the Universal and the Particular in an Eighteenth Century Islamic Theory of Religion," Studia Islamica, fascicle 63, 1986, pp. 143-157.


"Shah Wali Allah's Theory of the Subtle Spiritual Centers (Lata'if): A Sufi Model of Personhood and Self-Transformation," Journal of Near Eastern Studies 47 (1, January 1988):1-25.


"Interdisciplinary Approaches to Islamic Biographical Materials," Religion 18 (#2, 1988):163-182.


"The Paradigmatic Structure of the Adam Stories in Qur'anic Narrative," Studies in Religion 17 (#1, 1988):41-52.


"Some Observations on the Situation of Muslim Women in North America," Muslim Education Quarterly 5 (#2, Winter 1988):81-88.


"The Current State of Shah Wali Allah Studies," Hamdard Islamicus 11 (#3, Autumn 1988):17-30.


"Miracles, Language, and Power in a 19th Century Islamic Hagiographic Text," Arabica 38, (1991):326-350.


"Mystical Paths and Authoritative Knowledge: A Semiotic Approach to Sufi Cosmological Diagrams", Journal of Religious Studies and Theology 12,(1, 1992), 52-77.


"The Female Hero in the Islamic Religious Tradition," The Annual Review of Women in World Religions (#2, 1992):111-143.


"Trends in Islamic Studies in the United States and Canada since the 1970's," in The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 10, (1, 1993), 96-118.  Reprinted in Islamic Culture (India)  (Turkish Translation published in Islami Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi 1:1, 1996)


"The Study of Visions in Islam", Religion  27 (1, January 1997):1-5.


"Mystical Visions as 'Good to Think': Examples from Pre-Modern South Asian Sufi Thought", Religion 27, (1, January 1997): 25-43.


"Religion and Literature in Muslim South Asia" in Muslim World, Vol. 87 (3-4, 1997) 1997, 315-329.


"Sufi Interpretations of the Light Verse (Qur'an 24:35)" Islamic Quarterly, 1998  pt. 1, (XL11 #2), 144-155, pt. 2  (XL11#3), 218-227.


"Roads to Mecca Conversion Narratives of European and Euro-American Muslims" Muslim World,  LXXXIX (Jan. 1999): 56-89.


"Hybrid Identity Formations in Muslim America: The Case of American Sufi Movements" Muslim World Spring 2000 (90 #1&2): 158-197.  Turkish translation in Avrupa Amerika Müslümanları (Islam in Europe and the United States) (Istanbul: Yenisayfa, 2003), 133-175.


"Biography and Transformations in the Space of Imagined Muslim Community" in Studies in Contemporary Islam, Vol. 4 #2, 2002, 1-21.


“Muslims in the Performative Mode: A Reflection on Muslim-Christian Dialogue” in Muslim World 94 (3, 2004): 387-396.


"Rewriting Sufi Identity in the Twentieth Century: The Biographical Approaches of Ashraf Ali Thanvi and Khwaja Hasan Nizami" Islamic Studies 46 (1, 2007): 15-29.


“The Academic Study of Sufism at American Universities” American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 24 (3, 2007): 23-45.


“Said Nursi and Maulana Ilyas: Examples of Pietistic Spirituality among 20th Century Islamic Movements” Islam and Christian Muslim Relations, 19 (1, 2008): 73-88.


“South Asian Muslim American Girl Power: Structures and Symbols of Control and Self-Expression.”  Co-Author Mahruq Khan. Journal of International Women’s Studies  11 (1, 2009). Thematic Issue on “ Gender and Islam in Asia”, 1-20.


Edited special issue of the journal Comparative Islamic Studies V (2009) on “Muslim Women, Fiqh, and Modernity”


Introduction to the special Issue of Comparative Islamic Studies  V (1, 2009), pp. 1-4.


“An Early 20th Century Indian Sufi  (Khwaja Hasan Nizami’ d. 1955) Views Hinduism” Comparative Islamic Studies 4, (1-2: 2010), 157-179.


“Cultural Worlds/Culture Wars: Contemporary American Muslim Perspectives of the Role of Culture” in Journal of Islamic Law and Culture 11 (3, 2010): 185-194.


“Shah Muhammad Ashiq” in preparation for special issue of Oriente Moderne on South Asian Islam.  Ed. Demetrio Giordani. 2013.


3. Articles in Books


"Fatimeh as a Role Model for the Iranian Woman of Today in the Works of cAli Sharicati," Women and Revolution in Iran, ed. G. Nashat, Westview Press, Boulder, Colorado, 1983, pp. 87-96.


"The God Concept Among Muslims," in God-Experience or Origin, Paragon Press, 1985, pp. 127-141.


"Two-Way Acculturation: Muslim Women in America," in Muslims of America, edited by Yvonne Haddad, Oxford University Press, 1991, pp. 188-201.  Arabic Translation in al-Muslimun fi Amrika  (Cairo: al-Ahram Publishing, 1994), pp. 232-248.


"The Muslim Community of San Diego" on Muslim Communities in America, edited by Yvonne Haddad, State University of New York Press, 1994, pp. 169-194.


Translation from Arabic of several modern Arabic poems by Lamea Abbas Amara in Food for Our Grandmothers: Writings by Arab-American and Arab-Canadian Feminists. ed. Joanna Kadi.  Boston: South End Press, 1994.


Translation (from Urdu) and introduction to Milad-e-Akbar ,a popular religious text from South Asia.  Religions of India in Practice ed. R. Lopez, Princeton University Press, 1995, 367-372.  Reprinted in Religions of Asia in Practice ed. Donald S. Lopez, Princeton, 2002, 73-79.


"In the Garden of American Sufi Movements: Hybrids and Perennials," in New Trends and Developments in the World of Islam, ed. Peter Clarke, London: Luzac Oriental Press, 1997 pp. 155-178.


"Citing the Sights of the Holy Sites: Visionary Pilgrimage Narratives of Pre-Modern South Asian Sufis" in The Shaping of an American Islamic Discourse: A Memorial to Fazlur Rahman, ed. Earle Waugh and Frederick M. Denny, Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1999, pp. 189-213.


“An Islamic Response” in Ethics and World Religions eds. Regina Wentzel Wolfe and Christine E. Gudorf Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books 1999, 27-33.


"Sacred Intertextuality and Contemplative Practices in Late Mughal Sufism", in  The Heritage of Sufism: Late Classical Persianate Sufism (1501-1750), Oxford: One World, 1999, ed. Leonard Lewisohn and David Morgan, 319-344.


"Faqirs, Wahhabis, and Others: Reciprocal Classifications and the Transformation of Intellectual Categories in Early Colonial South Asia" in Perspectives of Mutual Encounter in South Asian History 1760-1860 ed. Jamal Malik Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2000, 23-48.


"Indo-Persian Tazkirahs as Memoritive Communications" in Beyond Turk and Hindu: Rethinking Religious Identities in Islamicate South Asia. ed. Bruce B. Lawrence and David Gilmartin, University of Florida, 2000, 149-175.


“Common Themes, Uncommon Contexts: The Sufi Movements of Khwaja Hasan Nizami (1878-1955) and Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927)” in A Pearl in Wine: Essays on the Life, Music and Sufism of Hazrat Inayat Khan ed. Zia Inayat Khan, New Lebanon, NY: Omega, 2001, 323-353.


“Dreams and Dreaming in Islam” in Dreams: A Reader on the Religious, Cultural, and Psychological Dimensions of Dreaming ed. Kelly Bulkeley.  New York: Palgrave 2001, 73-92.


“Teaching About Muslims in America” in Teaching Islam, ed. Brannon Wheeler. New York: Oxford, 2002, 168-180.


Khwaja Hassan Nizami” in Sufi Martyrs of Love: The Chishti Order Carl Ernst and Bruce Lawrence, New York: Palgrave, 2002, 113-118, 121-123.


“How to Put the Genie Back in the Bottle: ‘Identity Islam’ and Muslim Youth Cultures in America” in Progressive Muslims: On Pluralism, Gender, and Justice. ed. Omid Safi. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2003, 303-319.


“Islamic Concepts of Vocation” in Revisiting the Idea of Vocation ed. John Haughey, Catholic University of America Press, 2004, 77-96.


“What’s American about American Sufi Movements?” in Sufism in Europe and North America ed. David Westerlund, Routledge, 2004, 36-62.


“Islamic Religious Healing in Chicago: Intersections of South Asian Sufi, American, and Islamic Models” for Religious Healing in America ed. Susan Sered and Linda L. Barnes, Oxford, 2004,177-197.


"The Evolution of American Muslim responses to 9/11" in Ron Geaves (ed). Religious Responses to 9/11 Ashgate, 2004, 77-96.


“The ‘other’ Shadhilis of the West” in The Shadhiliyya, ed. Eric Geoffroy, Paris: Maisonneuve et Larose, 2005, 481-499.


“Keeping the Faith: Convert Muslim Mothers in America and the Transmission of Islamic Identity” in Women Embracing Islam.  Gender and Conversion in the West, Karin van Nieuwkerk (ed.) University of Texas Press, 2006, 250-276.


“Identity Jihads: The Multiple Strivings of American Muslim Youth” in Religious Perspectives on Spirituality in Childhood and Adolescence, Aostre Johnson and Gene Roehlkepartain (eds.) Rowman & Littlefield, 2006, 423-436.


“Western Sufis and Sufi Literatures in the West” in Sufism in the West ed. John Hinnells and J. Malik Routledge, 2006, 28-48.


“Religious and Cultural Aspects of Islamic Sufi Healing” in Cultural Healing Systems: Beliefs and Practices ed. James Pappas et alii,Calgary, AB: Detselig Enterprises, 2007, 193-205.


“Islamic Eschatology” in Cambridge Companion to Islamic Theology ed. T. J. Winter.

Cambridge, 2008, 308-324.


“Faith Development and Spiritual Maturation in the Works of Said Nursi”, Spiritual Dimensions of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi's Risale-I Nur  ed. Ibrahim Abu Rabi, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2008, 81-102.


“Shah Wali Allah” in The Islamic World ed. Andrew Rippin, (New York: Oxford, 2008), 90-95.


“Sufi Autobiography in the 20th Century: Worldly and Spiritual Journeys of Khwaja Hasan Nizami” for Tales of God’s Friends: Sufi Hagiography ed. John Renard (Berkeley: University of California, 2009), 286-300.


“Two Sufis on Molding the New Muslim Woman: Khwaja Hasan Nizami (1878-1955) and Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882-1927) in Barbara Metcalf ed. Islam in South Asia in Practice Princeton, 2009, 326-338.


“Global Sufism: Theirs and Ours” in Sufis in Western Society: Global Networking and Locality eds.  Ronald Geaves and Markus Dressler, Routledge, 2009, 26-45.


“Reconciliation and the return to Normalcy in the Light of Islamic Theology” for Reconciliation in Interfaith Perspective: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Voices ed. by Reimund Bieringer. Leuven: Peeters, 2011, 207-229.


“South Asian Sufism in the United States” in South Asian Sufis: Devotion, Devotion, and Destiny. Ed. Charles Ramsey New York: Continuum, 2012, 247-268.


Acts of Salvation: Agency, Others and Prayer beyond the Grave in Islam” in Between Heaven and Hell: Islam, Salvation, and the Fate of Others. Ed. Mohammad Hassan Khalil, forthcoming Oxford University Press, 2012.


“Muslim Youth and Religious Identity: Classical Perspectives and Contemporary Issues” in “Children, Childhood, and Religious Ethics: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives.” ed. Don Browning and Marcia Bunge, Cambridge University Press, 2012, 119-134.


“Converts to Islam as Culture Brokers: Classical and Contemporary Examples” for “Interreligious Dialogue and Cultural Change” ed. Catherine Cornille and Stephanie Corigliano, forthcoming Cascade Books.


“Muslims in the Performative Mode: A Reflection on Muslim-Christian Dialogue on American College Campuses” in “Christian-Muslim Dialogue in the United States and Africa: Theological, Public Health, Political, and Sociological Challenges” edited by Brian Stiltner and Marinus Iwuchukwu, forthcoming Edward Mellen Press.


“Conversion to Islam: Historical and Theological Perspectives” in “The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion,” ed. Lewis Rambo and Charles Farhadian, forthcoming Oxford, 2012.


“The Rise of the Global Media Preacher” for “Islam in the Modern World” ed. Jeffrey Kenney and Ebrahim Moosa. Forthcoming Routledge, 2012.


“Concepts of Community in the Gulen Movement” forthcoming in "Islam in the Contemporary World: The Gulen Movement," ed. Dale F. Eickelman.


“Islamic Responses to Religious Diversity” in reparation for the Blackwell Companion to Religious Diversity. Ed Kevin Schilbrack.


“Hajj and Ziyarat” in preparation for the Blackwell Companion to Islamic Spirituality ed. Vincent Cornell and Bruce Lawrence.



4. Articles in Refereed Proceedings


"The Challenge of Classical Islamic Thought for Contemporary Muslim Intellectuals" in conference volume Islam and the Challenge of Modernity. International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, Kuala Lumpur, 1996, 509-534.


"Shah Wali Allah and Devotion to the Prophet" in Remembrances: Proceedings of the First International Milad al-Nabi Conference, ed. A. A. Godlas, Chicago, Naqshbandiyya Foundation, 1995, pp. 11-21.


"Muhammad Iqbal and Devotion to the Prophet" in Sufi Illuminations, 1 (Summer 1997):22-30. 


“Faith Development and Spiritual Maturation in the Works of Said Nursi” in Bringing Faith, Meaning and Peace to Life in a Multicultural World.  Istanbul: Science and Culture Foundation, 2004, 341-357.


“Mulla Sadra’s Commentary on the Light Verse of the Qur’an” in  Islam-West Philosophical Dialogue vol. 10 Eschatology, Exegesis, Hadith   Tehran: Siprin, 2005, 409-428.


“The Cultivation of Memory in the Gülen Community” in The Muslim World in Transition: Contributions of the Gülen Movement (London: Leeds University Press, 2007), 60-76.


“Fana fi-r Rasul: The Utmost Degree of Devotion to the Prophet Muhammad” in Sufi Illuminations IV (1, 2008) 68-94.


“Neither of the East nor of the West: Sufi Women in America” in Portraits of Women in Islam, Chicago: St. Xavier University, 2009, 37-55.


“ Contemporary American Muslim Perspectives on the Role of Culture” in Conflit ou dialogue des civilizations: une alternative mal posēe ed. Souleymane Bachir Diagne.  Casablanca: Fondation du roi Abdul Aziz, 2010, 55-75.



5. Encyclopedia Articles


"Shah Waliullah al-Dihlavi" in Encyclopedia Iranica, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1994.


"Ibn Khaldun," "Ahmadiyya," "Taj Mahal," "Akbar," "Shrines (Islam)," "Saint (Islam)," Harper-Collins Dictionary of Religion, ed. J. Z.  Smith, 1995.


`Shah Waliullah al-Dihlavi' 3:311-312, `Khanqah' 2:415-417, 'Biography and Hagiography' 1:218-221, for Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, ed. John L. Esposito, Oxford University Press, 1995.


"Shah Wali Allah" and "Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi" for Great Thinkers of the Eastern World, ed. Ian P. McGreal, Harper-Collins 1995, pp. 480-483, 489-492.


"Women, Men, and Gender in Islam" for The Muslim Almanac: A  Reference Work on the History, Faith, Culture, and Peoples of Islam (Detroit: Gale, 1996): 381-391.


“Conversion”  for Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions, ed. Serenity Young, MacMillan, 1998. Vol. 1, 204-207.


“Sufism” in Encyclopedia of American Religion ed. Wade Clark Roof, New York: MacMillan, 1999, II: 704-706.


Du’a, khirqa, Shah Isma’il Shahid, Shauq, Huwiyya, Inayat Khan. Articles for the Oxford Dictionary of Islam, ed. John L. Esposito. 2003.


“Sufism” for Encyclopedia of Religion and American Culture, ed. Gary Laderman ABC-CLIO, 2003 Vol. 1, 144-6.


“Sufism in the West”, Adel Tehran (ed.), Vol. VII, Encyclopedia Islamica, Encyclopedia Islamica Foundation (Iran), 2003, 447-9.


“Shah Wali Allah”, “Genealogy”, “Biography”  “Fazlur Rahman” “Miracles” “al-Biruni”  “Masculinities”, and “Mahdi” in Macmillan Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, Macmillan, 2003.


Various articles for Encyclopedia of Holy People, CLIO. 2004.


“Women in Sufism: Turkey, South Asia, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Iran, Caucasus and the Middle East” for Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures, III ed. Suad Joseph (Leiden: Brill, 2005), 766-770.


“Women in Sufism: North America” Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures, III ed. Suad Joseph (Leiden: Brill, 2005), 770-772.


“Womb” “Talent” for Encyclopedia of the Qur’an V, 2005 pp. 191-2, 522-3.  E.J. Brill.


“Women and Gender in South Asian Qur’an Commentary” for Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures V ed. Suad Joseph  (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2007), 258-262 


“Conversion to Islam: North America” for Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures V ed. Suad Joseph, (Leiden: E. J.  Brill, 2007), 293-296.


“Chicago” for Encyclopedia of Islam in America, ed. Jocelyne Cesari, Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 2007, 132-139.


“Biography and Hagiography” the “Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Muslim World”, new edition. ed. Esposito. Oxford, 2009.


Chicago”  “Sufism”, “American Islamic College”, “The Gulen Movement”, and “American Muslim Alliance” for Encyclopedia of Muslim American History ed. Edward Curtis, Facts on File, 2010.


“Shah Wali Allah’s Political Thought” for “Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought”, Princeton, forthcoming.


“Female Biography and Hagiography” in preparation for “Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in the Muslim World”.


6. Book Reviews


Henry Corbin, Spiritual Body and Celestial Earth, From Mazdean to Shi'ite Iran, The Asian Student Review, January 1978.


"Shah Wali Allah of Delhi: New Publications from Pakistan," South Asia Library Notes and Queries, June 1978.


Iqbal: Life, Art and Thought, ed. N. Y. Khan, in Studies in Religion, A Canadian Journal, Vol. 9, #4, 1980, p. 478.


Kenneth Cragg, Muhammad and the Christian, in The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Vol. 2, #1, 1985, pp. 130-131.


Fatna Sabbah, Woman in the Muslim Unconscious, Choice, May 1985, p. 392.


Charles Le Gai Eaton, Islam and the Destiny of Man, Choice, June 1986, p. 238.


Rajmohan Gandhi, Eight Lives: A Study of the Hindu-Muslim Encounter, Choice, December 1986, p. 256.


Seyyed Hossein Nasr, ed., Islamic Spirituality, Gnosis Magazine, No. 5, Fall 1987, p. 55.


Tor Andrae, In the Garden of Myrtles, Choice, January 1988, p. 259.


S. M. H. Burney, Iqbal: Poet Patriot of India, Choice, May 1988, p. 171.


Javad Nurbakhsh, Sufi Women, in Iranian Studies, Vol. 25, # 3 & 4, (1992), p. 92-93.


Yohannan Friedman, Prophecy Continuous, for Journal of Oriental Studies, Vol. 29, #1, 1992, pp. 284-285.


Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Islamic Spirituality: Manifestations for Journal of the American Academy of Religion 1993, 610-611.


J. G. J. ter Haar, Follower and Heir of the Prophet: Shaikh Ahmad Sirhindi as Mystic for International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 1994.


Yvonne Y. Haddad and Jane I. Smith, Mission to America: Five Islamic Sectarian Communities for Journal of Church and State. Vol. 36, #3 (Summer 1994), p. 611.


Mohammad Arkoun, Rethinking Islam for Journal of Church and State, 1995.


Margot Badran., Feminists, Egypt,  and Nation for Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism,  XXIV, 1-2, 1997, p. 156-7.


Leah Kinberg, Morality in the Guise of Dreams for Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies VIII (1, 1997):91-2.


Avril Powell, Muslims and Missionaries in British India for Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, 1997.


Michael Sells, Early Islamic Mysticism for MESA Bulletin  #31, 1997, 172-173.


Lila Abu Lughod, Writing Women's Worlds: Bedouin Stories for The International Journal of Comparative Sociology,  XXXIX, Nov 1998,  401-2.


Amira El Azhary Sonbol, Women, the Family, and Divorce Laws in Islamic History for Journal of Church and State, Vol. 4 No. 4 (Autumn 1998), 895-896.


Annemarie Schimmel, My Soul is a Woman for International Journal of Hindu Studies, Vol. 2 #2, 1998, 302-3.


Daniel Brown, Rethinking Tradition in Modern Islamic Thought  for  International Journal  of Middle East Studies, 31 (1999), 445-6.


Pnina Werbner and Helene Basu, edsEmbodying Charisma: Modernity, Locality, and the Performance of Emotion in Sufi Cults for Journal of Contemporary Religion. 14 (3,1999): 418-9.


Arthur R. Buehler, Followers and Heirs of the Prophet  for Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 120 #1, 2000, 114-5.


Gisela Webb Windows of Faith: Muslim Women Scholar Activists in North America for Journal of Contemporary Religion 16 (3, 2001): 394-5.


Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Islam and Gender: the Religious Debate in Contemporary Iran for Journal of Religion 81 (4, 2001): 682-3.


Myfanwy Franks, “Women and Revivalism in the West: Choosing Fundamentalism in a Liberal Democracy” for Journal of Contemporary Religion 18  (1, 2003): 140-141.


Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, Mobilizing Islam: Religion, Activism, and Political Change in Egypt for Journal of Contemporary Religion,19 (2, 2004): 255-7.


Elizabeth Poole, Reporting Islam: Media Representations of British Muslims for Islamic Studies 43 (1, 2004): 138-42.


Abdelwahab Meddeb, The Malady of Islam and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

What’s Right with Islam for Elixir Magazine (1, 2005): 109-111.


Nevval Sevindi, Contemporary Islamic Conversations: M. Fethullah Gülen on Turkey, Islam and the West for Reviews in Religion and Theology 16 (1, 2009): 45-7.


Seyyed Hossein Nasr, The Garden of Truth: The Vision and Promise of Sufism and Mary Bly Sitting with Sufis in Christian Century, Sept. 22, 2009.


Jamal Malik. Islam in South Asia: A Short History  in Journal of Islamic Studies 10 (4, 2010): 69-71.


Güneş Murat Tezcur, Muslim Reformers in Iran and Turkey, The Paradox of Moderation in Insight Turkey 14 (1, 2012):175-177.


Deborah Baker The Convert in preparation for Asian Ethnology.


7.  Other Publications


Nov. 2006 "Sufism and American Women" in  World History Connected (IV, 1)  an e-Journal of Learning and Teaching  http://worldhistoryconnected.press.uiuc.edu/4.1/hermansen.html


“Suffering: An Islamic Perspective” in Suffering: The Stauros Notebook 26 (2, 2007): 10-12.


Bismillahs, Barbies, and Bling: Loyola Girl Studies Conference Report” American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences. volume 25, no. 4, fall 2008, 152-155.


Forward to Islamic Sufism in the West by Aziz El Kobaiti Idrissi, Fez, Morocco: Matba’a Umayma, 2008, 1-5.


Oxford online bibliographies: “Women in Islam”, “Sufism”, “Women and Literature” published online 2010/11.


Editor volume of conference papers Islam and Muslims in America from the Inaugural conference held at American Islamic College, Sept. 2010, published June 2011.


“The Framing of the American Mosque” in Islam and Muslims in America papers from the Inaugural conference at American Islamic College. Chicago: AIC, June 2011 pp. 60-70.


Editor, Conference volume on “Muslims in America” American Islamic College, Chicago. 2012.



B.    Refereed Papers Presented at Meetings of Professional Organizations


"Fatimeh as a Role Model," International Association of Historians of Religion, Winnipeg, Manitoba, August 1980.


"Shah Wali Allah's Theory of Religion," annual meeting of the Western Region of the American Academy of Religion, CSU Fullerton, April 1983.


"Shah Wali Allah's Concept of Person," annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Dallas, Texas, December 1983.


"The Concept of Person and Human Action in the Qur'an," annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Chicago, Illinois, December 1984.


"Female Identity in Ibn Sacd's al-Tabaqat al-Kubra, International Association of Historians of Religion, Sydney, Australia, August 18-23, 1985.


"The Semiotics of Sufi Cosmological Diagrams," Middle East Studies Association annual    meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 22-26, 1985.


"Two-Way Acculturation: Muslim Women in America Between Individual Choice and Community Affiliation," Conference on the Muslims of America, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, April 16, 1988.


"Power and Territory in Sufi Hagiography," annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL, November 18-22, 1988.


"The Vernacularization of Sacred Tradition," annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, New Orleans, LA, November 16-20, 1990.


"Mystical Visions in South Asian Sufism," presented at the "Visions and Visionary Experience in Religion" conference, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, April 6, 1991.


"The Heroic Woman as Cultural Critique in the Islamic Textual Tradition," annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Kansas City, MO, November 24, 1991.


"Sighting/Siting the Holy: Naqshbandi Sufi Visionary Pilgrimage Narratives" annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, Portland, Oct. 25, 1992.


"Detraditionalization and the Development of Muslim Modernist Argument", Conference on Detraditionalization, Center for the Study of Cultural Values, Lancaster University, England, July 9, 1993.


Ibn Arabi's Mystical Cosmology Revisited" Annual Symposium of the Muhyiuddin Ibn Arabi Society, Berkeley, CA. Sept. 18, 1993.


"The Challenge of Classical Islamic Thought for Contemporary Muslim Intellectuals". Paper presented at the symposium on "Islam and the Challenge of Modernity". International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, Kuala Lumpur, Aug. 3, 1994


"Inscription and Erasure: Siting Memory in South Asian Muslim Biographical Compendia" for Duke University Conference on Muslim Identity in South Asia, April 22, 1995.


"Roads to Mecca: Conversion Narratives of European and Euroamerican Muslims" for Conference on Islam in America, De Paul University, Chicago, Sept. 29, 1995.


"Religious Biography in Islam and Judaism".  Conference on Islamic/Judaic Studies, University of Denver, Oct. 20, 1996.


"Regional Identity in South Asian Muslim Hagiography", Middle East Studies Association, Providence RI, Nov. 20, 1996.


"Faqirs, Wahhabis, and Others: Reciprocal Classifications in Early Colonial South Asia", Conference, University of Bonn, Dec. 17, 1996.


"Sacred Intertextuality and Contemplative Practices in Late Mughal Sufism", Conference on Safavid and Mughal Sufism.  School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, May 19, 1997.


“Conversion to Islam in America”  Henry Luce Forum on Abrahamic Religions.  Hartford    Theological Seminary,  Connecticut, Nov. 10, 1997.


“Popular Religious Practices among Chicago’s Indo-Pakistani Muslims”  Mid-West regional    AAR,  Chicago,   March 21, 1998.


“Mulla Sadra’s Tafsir of the Light Verse”, International Mulla Sadra Congress, Tehran, Iran, May 24, 1999.


“New Muslims and Islamic Renewal: Conversion to Islam in India” at Annual Madison South Asian Studies Conference, Madison WI, Oct. 16, 1999.


“Indian “Wahhabis”: Intellectual, Actual, and Imagined Connections to Muhammad Ibn al-Wahhab and His Movement” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, Nov. 20, 1999.


“Mystifying Identities: The Case of America Sufi Movements” for conference on Muslim Identities in North America, University of California, Irvine, May 20, 2000.


“Playing the Religion Card: The Volatility of Religious identity in Pakistani Society” for Conference on Peace in South Asia, Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut, Oct. 7, 2000


“ Dreams and Visions in Islam” Comparative Studies, Annual Meeting, American Academy of Religion, Nov. 20, 2000, Nashville


“Islam, Globalization, and Interfaith Dialogue: Critique and Contribution”, Ethics Section, Annual Meeting, American Academy of Religion, Nashville Nov. 21, 2000


“Reversion, Conversion and Subversion: American Sufi Literatures” for Sufism in the West, University of Derby, Buxton, UK July 22-24, 2001.


“American Sufi Literatures”, American Academy of Religion, Denver, CO, Nov. 18, 2001.


“Muslims in the United States and Europe” Social Science Research Council and the Russell Sage Foundation, New York April 9, 2003.


“American Shadhilis” at the conference on the Shadhiliyya Order, Alexandria Egypt, sponsored by French CRNS and UNESCO, April 23,2, 2003.


“Keeping the Faith” for conference on Women, Gender and Conversion to Islam in the West, Nijmegen, Netherlands, Institute for the Study of the Modern Islamic World.  May 17, 2003.


“Islamic Theories of Progressive Revelation” Conference on Religion, Authority and Peacemaking, UNESCO and Adenauer Institute, Jerusalem, Aug. 4, 2003.


“Muslim Women and Liberals: A Place at Which Tables?” Conference on Religion, Authority and Peacemaking, UNESCO and Adenauer Institute, Jerusalem, Aug. 5, 2003.


“Global Sufism ‘theirs’ and ‘ours’ “ at American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, Oct. 23, 2003.


Global Sufi Networking” at “ Global Networking and Locality: Sufis in Western Societies” University of Bremen, Germany, Oct. 1, 2005.


Nov. 13, 2005. “Understandings of ‘Community’ in the Gulen Movement” for conference on “Islam in the Contemporary World”  Boniuk Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas.


Nov. 19, 2006. “The Rushdie Affair and the Danish Cartoon Crisis”, AAR Washington, DC.


Dec. 12, 2006.  “Le Soufisme et la modernité” 3rd International Colloquium on Sufism, Bedjaia, Algerie.


March 26, 2007. “Reconciliation and the Return to Normalcy in the Light of Islamic Theology” Conference on Reconciliation in Interfaith Perspectives, Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium.


May 28, 2007. “Literatures of Western Sufi Movements” for “Sufi texts/Sufi Contexts” Northwestern University, Evanston, Il.


Oct. 19, 2007. “Prophetic Representations” for conference on “Islamophobia/Islamophilia”, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.


Oct. 26, 2007 ““The Cultivation of Memory in the Gülen Community” for conference on The Muslim World in Transition: Contributions of the Gülen Movement” School of African and Oriental Studies, (SOAS) London.


April 12, 2008 “South Asian Muslim Girls” for Girl Studies Conference, Loyola University Chicago.


June 12, 2008. “Religious Formation in Islam” for Conference on Globalization and Spiritual Traditions” Cheng Chi University, Taiwan.


Oct.24, 2008. “American Muslims and the Debate over Cultural Engagement” at American Muslim Social Scientists Conference, Harvard University, Boston.


Nov. 2, 2008. “Reflections on Miracles, Media, and the Modern among Muslim South Asians” AAR Annual meeting, South Asian Religions Section, Chicago.


Dec. 13, 2008. “American Muslim Perspectives on Culture” for Conference on “Clash or Dialogue of Civilizations”, King Abdal Aziz Foundation, Casablanca, Morocco.


April 4, 2010. “The Black Dervish Whirled” at Annual South Asia Conference, Lahore Institute of Management Studies, Pakistan.


April 16, 2010. Acts of Salvation: Agency, Others and Prayer beyond the Grave in Islam”. Conference on “Salvation in Islam”. University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.


Oct. 29, 2010. Presenter. Luce Seminar on Comparative Theology, AAR, Atlanta.


Nov. 20, 2010. “Salvation in Islam: The Case of Prayer for Non-Muslims  beyond the Grave”. Middle East Studies Association, San Diego.


C.  Other Participation in Meetings of Professional Organizations


Respondent, Panel on "Ethnosociology of South Asian Muslims," Wisconsin South Asian Studies Conference, Madison, WI, November 1-3, 1985.


Chair, Panel on "Mysticism and the State in South Asia," American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Boston, MA, December 1987.


Organizer and Respondent, Panel on "Pattern and Diversity in the Master/Disciple Relationship in the Islamic Religious Tradition", Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Washington, D. C. Nov. 21, 1993.


Moderator and Discussant, Panel on "Islam in Europe", Conference on "Post-Colonial Encounters: Religion in the Post-Colonial World", Rutgers University, Oct. 27, 1996.


Chair, Panel on "Hagiography and Biography in Islam", AAR annual meeting , New Orleans, Nov. 23, 1996.


Organizer, Panel on “Adab Islami: Islam, Religion, and Literature in the 20th Century” Middle East Studies Association, San Francisco Nov. 23, 1997.


“Muslims in the American Public Square” meeting of scholars, Pew Foundation in collaboration with Georgetown University, Washington, DC, Sept. 25, 1999.


Panelist on “Site visits and teaching Religious Studies” American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, Nov. 23, 2003.


Respondent Panel on “Discourses of Early Sufism” AAR San Antonio, Nov. 20, 2004.


Chair, Panel on “Women in Sufism”, AAR Philadelphia, Nov. 21, 2005.


Respondent Harvard Islam in America Conference, Dec. 1, 2005.


US Institute of Peace, Presenter, Islam and Peace, Conference, Washington, Aug. 22, 2006.


Chair, Panel on “Engagement in Sufism”, AAR San Diego, Nov. 19, 2007.


Chair, Panel on Gender at “The Cross The Crescent and the Ballot Box” Conference, John Felice Rome Center, Loyola University Chicago, April 3, 2008.


Chair, Panel on “Speaking Truth to Power in the Academy” Study of Islam Section, AAR, Nov. 1, 2008.


Chair, Panel on Gender and Contemporary Islamic Law, Middle East Studies Assoc. Conference, Washington, DC. Nov. 23, 2008.


Chair, Panel on “Methodology in the Study of Islam, AAR Annual Meeting, Montreal, Nov. 9, 2009.


Chair, Panel on “Legitimacy and Islamic Knowledge in Germany, the United States, and the Web “ AAR Annual Meeting, San Francisco, Nov. 20, 2011.


D. Scholarly Awards and Honors



  Entrance Scholarship, McGill University, 1969

  Ontario Scholarship, 1969

  University of Chicago Graduate Fellowship: 1974, 1975, 1976, 1982

  Canada Council Doctoral Research Award, 1977

  Humanities and Social Sciences Research Council of Canada, Doctoral Research Award, 1978




Affirmative Action Faculty Development Award, San Diego State University, 1985

  American Research Center in Cairo Award for Post-Doctoral Research, July-December 1986

Participant, National Endowment for the Humanities Workshop on the Introductory Course in World Religions, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, June/July 1987

Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award, SDSU, 1988

Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, SDSU, 1989

Fulbright, U. S. Department of Education Faculty Research Abroad Award, Pakistan, 1989-90

  Research "Micro Grants" San Diego State University, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997.

  Fulbright Lectureship in Islamic Studies, Malaysia, Summer 1994

  San Diego Historical Society, Award for Best paper on San Diego Religious History 1994

  Research and Creative Activity Award, SDSU, Spring 1995

  Fellow, Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion, U. of Chicago Divinity School, 1995

  Grant-in-Aid for Research (SDSU) 1995, SDSU RCSA Mini Grant 1997

  Senior Fellow, Rutgers University Center for Historical Analysis, 1996-1997

  Performance Salary Step Increase Award (PSSI), SDSU 1996-97

  Summer Research Award, Loyola University Chicago, 1999. 2006

  Fellow, Center for Ethics, Loyola University Chicago, Spring 2001.

  Fazlur Rahman Award for Islamic Education, PakWatan TV, Chicago, March, 2002.

  Research Award, Institute for Christianity and Culture, Loyola University, Summer 2002, 2005

Associate Director, Dept. of Education, Title VIA Grant for South Asian Studies at Loyola, 2001-3

Recognized as Prominent Woman Leader at Loyola, 5th Annual Leadership reception, March 25, 2003.

National Humanities Center, Fellowship 2004-5 (declined)

  Fulbright Multi-Country research Award India, Pakistan, Bahrain 2005

  Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, Research Fellow, Spring 2007

  Loyola University Core Course Development Award, Summer 2008.

  Loyola University Research Leave, Fall 2009

  Faculty Presenter, AAR Luce Seminar, on Theology of Religious Pluralism, Summer 2009/10

  Director, Dept. of Education UISFL Title VI A Grant for Islamic World Studies at Loyola, 2010-2012.


E. Language Training and Research in the Middle East and South Asia


  1975  Summer Course in Arabic

  1976  Persian Study, Mashhad, Iran

1976  Berkeley Urdu Program Fellowship, three months in Lahore, Pakistan

  1977   Arabic Study, two months, Cairo and Damascus

  1978   Summer Language Fellowship, Firdausi University, Mashhad, Iran

  1978-7   Dissertation Research in Hyderabad, India

  1983   Summer Research Project, Yarmuk University, Irbid, Jordan

1986   International Language Inst., Cairo, July-Dec.

1988   Summer CASA III Fellowship in Arabic, American University in Cairo

1989   Fulbright Faculty Research Abroad Award: Research in Lahore, Pakistan

1993   Turkish Language Summer Program.  Bogazici University, Istanbul.

1994   Fulbright Lecturer, Malaysia, Summer 

  1995   Summer CASA III Fellowship in Arabic, American University in Cairo

  2002    Summer CASA III Fellowship in Arabic, American University in Cairo

  2006    Summer, American Research Center in Turkey, Turkish Language


F. Participation in Professional Organizations

  American Academy of Religion  1982-

  Chair, Study of Islam Section, American Academy of Religion 1994-1999

  Steering Committee, Islamic Studies Section, AAR  1988-1991, 1993-94

  Steering Committee, Islamic Mysticism, Group, AAR  2003-2009

  Committee on Texts and Translations, AAR   1994-2000

  Association of Asian Studies  1982-1995

  Middle East Studies Association  1984-

  American Institute of Pakistan Studies  1994-


G. Service on Editorial Boards


  Editorial Board Journal of Contemporary Religion  1994-2002

  Editorial Board, Religion , Book Review Editor  1996-99

  Advisory Board, Journal for Islamic Studies  (South Africa) 1997-

  Editorial Board, Islamic Studies (Pakistan)  1998-

  Editorial Board, Islamic Research, Government College, Lahore 2006-

  Editorial Board, Journal: Fieldwork in Religion (England) 2006-

  Editorial Board, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 2007-

  Editorial Board, Comparative Islamic Studies  2007-

  Editorial Board, Journal of Civilisational Studies (Malaysia) 2009-

  Editorial Advisory Board, Sufi  2011-




A. Service to San Diego State University


  Member, Africa and Middle East Area Studies Committee 1982-1996

  Chair, Africa and Middle East Studies Committee  1992-1996

  Member, College of Arts and Letters 

  Committee on Committees  1984

Member, College of Arts and Letters Research Committee 1984-1985, 1990-93

  Center for Asian Studies  1985-1996

  Faculty Fellow SDSU Residence Program  1993-1994

  CAL Committee on Diversity and Emergent Scholarship (Codices) 1995-1996

  CAL Personnel Committee  1995-1996


B. Service at Loyola University Chicago


  Departmental Advisory Committee, Theology  Dept.  1999-2001, 2007-2008

  Jewish Studies Committee  1999-2003

  Asian Studies Committee  1998-

  Religion Culture and Society  1998-2002

  Acting Director, Religion, Culture and Society Program 2000-2001

  University Academic Council   2003-4, 2005-2010

  Director, Islamic World Studies Minor  2006-

  University Research Committee  2007-9

  Steering Committee, Center for Global Management and 2010-

    Responsible Leadership

  Loyola Faculty Council  2011-




1.  Academic Lectures


"Islamic Ethics," University of Southern California School of Religion, March 18, 1985.


"Islam and Modernity in South Asia," Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, April 15, 1985.


"Interdisciplinary Approaches to Islamic Biographical Literature," McGill University, Montreal, October 1986.


"Contemporary Sufism and Sufi Literature in Pakistan," Department of Religious Studies Colloquium, SDSU, November 27, 1990.


SDSU Faculty Seminar on "Covering Other Cultures: Bringing the Middle East into the Classroom," April 11, 1991.


"Intercultural Communication: Middle Eastern and Muslim Students in the Primary and Secondary School Classroom," Department of Education, CSU San Marcos, March 20, 1991 and San Diego State University April 20, 1991. 


"Islam and Nationalism," Master of Arts in Liberal Arts Program, SDSU, and Institute for International Security and Conflict Resolution, San Diego, February 25, 1991.


"Islam and Politics in the 90s: Algeria at the Crossroads," Africa and Middle East Area Studies Committee, SDSU, May 4, 1992.


"Teaching Controversy---: Women and Islam", California History/Social Sciences Project

University of California, San Diego, July 10, 1992.


"Theories of Religion in World History", North County Global History Project, Mira Costa College, Oceanside, Feb. 20, 1993.


"Visions as 'Good to Think': Examples from Pre-Modern Muslim Mystics", UCSD Committee on Religious Studies, Feb. 26, 1993.


"Muslim Immigrants in the U. S.: A Complex Community" Conference on Bridges and Barriers to Immigration, University of San Diego, March 24, 1994.


"'New' Islamic Movements in the United States" at the Intellectual Discourse Circle, International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, June 25, 1994.


Lectures on various aspects of Islamic Studies delivered at the National University of Malaysia, the University of Malaya, the University of Indonesia (Jakarta), Sunan Gunung Jati Islamic Institute, Bandung, Indonesia during June and July 1994.


"Visions in Islam", Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion, Divinity School, University of Chicago, May 3, 1995.


Discussant, Homi Bhabha's Location of Culture, Religion and Social Theory Workshop, Divinity School, University of Chicago, May 11, 1995.


Introduction to Islam" for "Complexities of Culture Series"  UCSD Extension, Feb. 8, 1996.


"Muslim Conversion Narratives" for UCSB Scholars of Islam Series, UC Santa Barbara, Feb. 28, 1996.


"Muslims in America" American Center, Hyderabad, India, Aug. 1, 1996.


Various Lectures in Islamic Studies, University of Peshawar, International Islamic University, Islamabad, University of Karachi, Pakistan, Dec. 1996 and Jan. 1997.


"Pilgrimage and Conversion in Islam", Religious Studies Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Feb. 26, 1997.


"Contemporary Muslim Conversion Narratives".  Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, March 18, 1997.


“Contemporary Muslim Women’s Issues”, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI. Feb. 3, 1999.


“The Rushdie Affair” for course at Loyola on South Asian Literature, Nov. 8, 1999.


Islam and Homosexuality” for course at Loyola on Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education.


“New Trends in Muslim America” Knight Center  for Journalism, University of Maryland, June 9, 2000.


“Conversion to Islam and InterFaith Dialogue” Catholic Theological Union  Chicago, May 16, 2001.


“The Madrasa System of Islamic Education”  Iqra International Symposium, Islamic Cultural Center, Villa Park, June 17, 2001.


“Women in Islam” University of Georgia, Athens, Jan. 18, 2002.


Panelist on “Central Asia: Globalization and Social Change” University of Georgia, Athens. March 20, 2002.


“American Sufi Movements’ lecture and Video presentation, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, April 11, 2002.


“Women in Islamic Spirituality” St. Mary’s/Notre Dame, South Bend Indiana, October 16, 2002


“Religion and Violence in the Middle East” panelist Loyola University Chicago , November 20, 2002.


“Must Civilizations Clash?” Theology Department Colloquium, Loyola University, Feb. 16, 2003.


“Islam, Modernity and Authority” Newberry Library, April 2, 2003.


“Sufism and the Enneagram” for “Three Spiritual Traditions”: Tracing the Roots of the Enneagram” for First Analysis Institute of Integrative Studies and Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Chicago, June 21-21, 2003.


“Muslims in the Performative Mode” Presentation on Christian Muslim Dialogue.  Hartford Seminary, Hartford, Conn. October 22, 2003.


"Interpreting American Sufi Movements: Reading the Visual Signs" Harvard Islamic Mysticism Workshop, Feb. 13, 2004.


“Representing Muslims in the American Academy” Harvard Conference on “Islam in America”,

March 7, 2004.


“The Shaping of American Muslim Identity”.  Keynote Speech, Islam in America Conference, Wayne State University, Detroit. April 7, 2004.


“Faith Development and Spiritual Maturation in the Works of Said Nursi”.  7th annual conference Istanbul Foundation for Science and Culture, Oct. 4, 2004.


March 4, 2005  Lecture “The Relevance of Shah Wali Allah’s Thought for Contemporary Muslims” at Dept. of Islamic Studies, Jamia Millia University, New Delhi India


April 30, 2005 Lecture “American Muslims after 9/11” at International Islamic University, Islamabad Pakistan


Aug. 7, 2005.  “Said Nursi and Maulana Ilyas: Examples of Pietistic Spirituality among 20th Century Islamic Movements” Ilm Wakfi Conference, Istanbul.


Sept. 20, 2005 “American Muslim Identity”, John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio. 


Feb. 25, 2006. “Teaching about Islam”, Midwest Association of Colleges, Lake Forest IL.


March 5-6, 2006  “Concepts of Childhood and Youth in Islam”,  Project on Childhood Spirituality Conference, Chicago, Il.


April 19, 2006.  “Introduction to Sufism” East-West perspectives, East West University, Chicago.


Oct. 27, 2006. “Sufi Networking in the West”, Islam in America Workshop, Harvard University, Boston.


Nov. 3, 2006. “Sufi Modernism” East-West Seminar, Valparaiso University, Indiana.


Nov. 6, 2006.  “The Nur Movement in Comparative Perspective” John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio.


Nov. 11, 2006. “Neither of the East not of the West: Sufi Women in the United States”, St. Xavier University Conference on Portraits of Women in Islam.


Jan. 16, 2007Lecture “Sufism and the Modern” at Darul Arqam, Singapore.


Jan. 17. 2007  Lectures ”Muslims in America” at the University of Singapore, “Islam and Spiritual Identity” Simply Islam, Singapore.


Jan. 19, 2007. Presentation on “Muslim Youth Cultures, Negotiating Identity and Teaching for Tolerance”.  Conference: Oslo Coalition and Hasanuddin State University, Makassar, Indonesia.


Jan. 22, 2007.  Lecture on “Sufi Modernism” at Hasanuddin State Islamic University, Makassar, Indonesia.


Jan. 23, 2007   Lecture at Gadjah Mada University Center for Religious Studies, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.


Jan. 24, 2007  Lectures at Muhammadiyyah University and Nawesea Pesantran, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.


April 17, 2007  Lecture on “Women In Islam: Beyond Polemic and Apologetic”,  Northwest Illinois University,  Macomb, IL.


April 20, 2007  Lecture on “Iqbal’s Complaint and Answer” at American Islamic College, Chicago.


Nov. 5, 2007  “Women and Textual Interpretation” Hidden Treasures Conference, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.


Jan. 3, 2008  “Islam and Religious Freedom”, Islamic Call Society University, Tripoli, Libya.


April 14, 2008.  “Cultural Worlds: Culture Wars: Islam Christianity and Culture in the 21st Century” Chapel Series, Loyola University Chicago.


Oct. 17, 2008. “Sufi texts: Sufi Contexts--the Case of American Sufi Movements”, Middle East Center, University of Chicago


Oct. 30, 2008. “Muslim Youth and Interfaith Dialogue” Interreligious Dialogue Conference, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago.


Dec. 15, 2008. Sidi Muhammad ibn Abdullah University, Fez, Morocco. Sufi Modernism. Bilingual presentation (English and Arabic) to graduate students.


Dec. 16, 2008. Sidi Muhammad ibn Abdullah University, Fez, Morocco. “Sufism in the West”, Bilingual presentation (English and Arabic) to graduate students.


June 2 and 3rd, 2009. Presentations on “Women and Islam” at Conference on Globalization and the Common Good. Loyola University Chicago.


June 7-14, 2009. Presentations on Islam and Theologies of Religious Pluralism at the AAR Luce Seminar, New York City.


September 8, 2009 ,“Women in Islam: Pakistan and Afghanistan” Shared Texts Symposium, Loyola University Chicago,.


Oct. 22, 2009. “The Gülen Movement”, at the Dialogue Conference, Northern Iowa University, Cedar Falls, Iowa.


October 30, 2009, “Women and Interpretation” Islamic World Studies Town Hall Meeting, DePaul University Chicago,


Feb. 19, 2010. “Muslims of North Chicago”. Center for Urban Research and Learning, Loyola University Chicago.


Nov. 28/29, 2010. Presenter on Islam, The Philosophical-Theological Conference on Interfaith Foundations.  Sheil Catholic Center, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.


Dec. 21, 2010. Islamic Studies and Gender Studies, Iqbal Research Institute, International Islamic University, Islamabad.


Dec. 22, 2010. “The Framing of the American Mosque” Islamic Research Center, International Islamic University, Islamabad.


Jan. 5, 2011. “Gender and Islamic Studies” Osmania University, Hyderabad, India.


Jan. 7, 2011. “Global Islamic Movements” University of Hyderabad, India.


March 24, 2011 “Global Spirituality: The case of Contemporary Sufi Movements” at Global Spirituality Seminar, Aarhus University, Denmark.


March 25, 2011. Presented paper at the “Dialogue across Worldviews” Conference at the University of Copenhagen.


April 30, 2011.  Respondent for paper on “Chicago Muslims” by Paul Numrich presented at the Chicago Area Group for the Study of Religious Communities, Loyola University.


May 26, 2011, Presentations on “Women’s Rights and Islamic Law” and “Minority Rights in Islamic Law and Islamic States” at the Syracuse International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences, Syracuse, Italy


June 15, 2011 presented paper on “Alter/native Democracies: Muslim and Catholic Negotiations of Culture, Religion, and Citizenship in the 21st Century” at Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia as part of the Democracy, Culture, and Catholicism International Research Project of the Hank Center.


Sept. 24, 2011. Presented “Converts to Islam as Culture Brokers: Classical and Contemporary Examples” at Symposium on “Interreligious Dialogue and the Cultural Shaping of Religions”, Boston College.


March 12, 2012. “Post-Tariqa Sufism” at Osmania University, Hyderabad India.


April 13, 2012. “Reviving Islamic Theology as a Humanistic Project” at the workshop on “Imagining Muslim Humanities” Duke University.



2. Public Lectures


"Islam," Educational Growth Opportunities Program, College of Extended Studies, SDSU, March 26, 1984.


"The Qur'an," Hoover High School, San Diego, April 25, 1984.


"Islam and Judaism," Havarot Beshert of Temple Beth Israel, San Diego, April 30, 1984.


"Dialoguing with Muslims," Episcopalian Priests of the Diocese of San Diego, St. Andrews by the Sea Episcopal Church, San Diego, May 8, 1984.


"Islam and Nuclear War," symposium on "The Arms Race and the Third World," College of Extended Studies, SDSU, October 27, 1984.


Discussant, "Among the Believers," by V. S. Naipaul, La Jolla Book Review Group, November 12, 1984.


"Islam and Politics," World Affairs Council of San Diego, March 21, 1985.


"Diversity Within Islam," Pacific Beach Congregational Church, October 25, 1987.


Moderator of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Dialogue on "God and the Divine Attributes," Berkeley, October 29, 1988.


"Islam and Judaism," Lipinsky Institute for Judaic Studies Lecture Series, SDSU, April 2, 1989.


"Sufism," Educational Growth Opportunities Program, College of Extended Studies, SDSU, April 19, 1989.


"Introduction to Islam," La Jolla Friends Meeting, La Jolla, CA, February 2, 1991.


"Basic Beliefs in Islam," Alpine Library Book Discussion Group, Alpine, CA, March 27, 1991.


"Women in Muslim Societies," American Association of University Women, San Diego, April 13, 1991.


Panelist on "One Nation under God—Indivisible?—Religion and the Establishment Clause," University of San Diego, October 27, 1991.


"Islam and Modernity," Temple Adat Shalom, San Diego, November 4, 1991.


"Gender Roles in Islam," UCSD International Studies Club, May 4, 1992.


"Panelist on "Islam in Somalia"  Refugee and Social Services, San Diego, Feb, 20, 1993.


Organizer and Moderator of Film Festival on "Women in Four Middle Eastern Muslim Societies" San Diego State University, March-April 1993


"Women in the Middle East" Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. San Diego, April 17, 1993.


"Introduction to Islam" St. Mark's Lutheran Church. Chula Vista, April 18, 25,1993.


"Islam and Muslim Culture in South Asia" University of California, San Diego, April 8, 1994


Organizer and Moderator. SDSU Film Festival on Perspectives on Immigration and the Middle East, March-April, 1994.


"Shah Wali Allah and Devotion to the Prophet'  International Milad al-Nabi Conference, Chicago, Illinois, Sept. 12, 1994.


"Women in Islam", Bilal Mosque, Fremont, California Jan. 22, 1995


"Shah Wali Allah of Delhi" Villa Park Islamic Foundation, Chicago, February 19, 1995.


"The Future of Islam in America" Islamic Society of Peoria, Illinois, March 4, 1995.


"Women in Islam". ATT Employee Diversity Program, Lombard, Illinois, April 24, 1995.


"Muslim Women: Feminists or Womanists?" Loyola University, Chicago, Muslim Students Association, April 28, 1995.


"Islamic Feminists?" Villa Park Islamic Foundation, Illinois, May 7, 1995.


"Shah Wali Allah", Muslim Students Association, University of Chicago, May 16, 1995.


"Muhammad Iqbal and Love for Prophet Muhammad" 2nd Annual Milad al-Nabi Conference, Chicago, Il, Aug. 27, 1995.


"Islam and Muslim Students", English Language Center, University of California, San Diego, Dec. 1, 1995.


Organizer and Moderator of Film Festival on "Religion and Political Issues in Recent Films from the Arab World", SDSU, March-April, 1996.


“Sufi Qur’an Interpretation”.  Libertyville Islamic Center. July 15, 1997.


“Mystical Interpretations of the Qur’anic Light Verse”.  4th Annual Milad al-Nabi Conference. Chicago July 27, 1997.


“Fundamentals of Islamic Art”. Council of American Muslim Professionals, Chicago. Oct. 2, 1997.


Who are the Muslim Community”.   Muslim Community Center of Chicago.  Oct. 18, 1997.


“Muslims in America” for Lilly Foundation National Conference for Newspaper  Religion Editors and Journalists, Harvey Islamic Center,  Chicago, Dec. 4, 1997.


“Introduction to Sufism”,  Council of American Muslim Professionals, Chicago, Il, March 14, 1998.


“The Relevance of Shah Wali Allah to Contemporary Muslim Thought”,  Northbrook Islamic Center, Illinois, March 15, 1998.


“Iqbal and Goethe”, Iqbal Society, Villa Park, Il, March 15, 1998.


“The Place of Sufism in the Islamic Tradition”, Islamic Unity Conference”, Washington, D. C.  Aug. 8, 1998.


“Spiritual Aspects of the Prophet’s Biography”, 5th Annual Milad al-Nabi Conference, Chicago, Il, Aug. 11, 1998.


“The Waliullahi Movement”, Conference on The Contribution of South Asia to Islamic Thought”,  Islamic Foundation, Villa Park, Il.  Aug. 13, 1998.


“Contemporary Issues in Islamic Law”, Islamic Cultural Center, Northbrook, IL, Nov. 8, 1998.


“Classical Islamic Political Theory”, Islamic Cultural Center, Northbrook, IL, Feb. 7, 1999.


“Contemporary Issues in Islamic Law” for  Ithna Ashari Shi’i Community of Toronto, Canada, March 17, 1999.


“Islamic Institutions: The Khanqah”, Islamic Cultural Center, Northbrook, Il, May 9, 1999.


“Love and Devotion to the Prophet”, Milad al-Nabi Celebration, Peoria, Il, June 26, 1999.


“Adab-o Akhlaq: The Best Example Of the Prophet”, Milad al-Nabi Celebration, Naqshbandiyya Foundation, Chicago Il, July 12, 1999.


“Contemporary Issues in Islam”, Emeritus Program. Oakton Community College, Skokie, IL, Sept. 21, 1999.


“Grief and Grieving in Islam” Ministry Center, Loyola University, Nov. 8, 1999.


“Shah Wali Allah and his Influence” Muslim Educational Center, Morton Grove, IL, Nov. 13, 1999.


“Marriage and Childbirth in Islam” Ministry Center, Loyola, March 8, 2000.


Graduation Speaker, Universal Islamic School, Bridgeview, IL, June 11, 2000.


“Issues in Muslim Education” American Muslim Council, Washington, DC, June 2000.


“Islam and the Death Penalty” for Panel on Religious Perspectives on the Death Penalty, Chicago Humanities Festival, Nov. 12, 2000


“The Significance of Jerusalem for Muslims” Catholic Theological Union, Hyde Park IL, Jan. 23, 2001.


“Forgiveness in Islam” Ministry Center, Loyola University, March 19, 2001.


“Islam and the Muslim Student” Loyola Staff Council, April 25, 2001.


“The Place of Sufism in Islam” Ibn Sina Society, Cleveland, OH, May 5, 2001.


Graduation Speaker, Islamic Foundation School, Villa Park, IL, June 1, 2001.


“Heroic Women in Islam”  Irshad Islamic Center, Lombard, IL Sept. 8, 2001.


Presenter, Interfaith Memorial Service, First Presbyterian Church, Evanston, Sept. 11, 2001.


Speaker, St. Nicholas Church, Evanston, Sept. 16, 2001.


Session on Islam and Muslims, Lake Street Church, Evanston, Sept. 23, 2001.


Speaker, Urs and Qawwali, Chishtiyya Foundation, Chicago, Sept. 29, 2001.


Loyola Peace Studies Forum Speaker, Sept. 2001.


Oct. 4 Presentation for Loyola Faculty on “Background on Islam and the Current Crisis”


Oct. 11, 2001.  Loyola Committee on Diversity Affairs, Department of Psychology, Forum on Aftermath of Sept. 11.


Oct. 24, 2001 Rogers Park Community Forum on “Islam and the War on Terrorism”


Oct. 29, 2001 Loyola University Teach-In “Beyond September 11”


Nov. 13, 2001 International Trucking Company “ Warrenville, IL “Islam and Diversity.


Nov. 13. 2001 St. James Church Chicago “Islam”


Nov. 15, 2001 Vocation as “calling” Loyola Ministry, project Evoke


Nov. 21, 2001 Thanksgiving service prayer, St. Nicholas Church, Evanston


Nov. 27, 2001 Federal Deposit Insurance Institute, Chicago. “Islam: An Overview”


Nov. 29, 2001. Columbia College Journalism Seminar “South Asia: Cultural Elements”


Feb. 6, 2002 Beth Emet Evanston.  Series of Four lectures on Islam.


Feb. 9 and Feb. 16, 2002.  University of Chicago Middle East Center Outreach program for Chicago Teachers.


Feb. 15, 2002. “Women in Islam Today” for North Shore Women’s Club, Winnetka, IL.


Feb. 18, 2002.  Justice Week Speaker on “Governance and Democracy in Islam” for Loyola School of Education.


Feb. 28, “Understanding Islam” Chicago International Women’s Association.


March 1, 2002 “Hope in Islam”  Islamic Foundation, Villa Park, IL.


March 12, 2002  Presentation for The Dow Chemical Company Diversity Initiative, Midland Michigan and broadcast world wide to Dow employees on “Women in Islam”


March 12, 2002   Midland Michigan, Civic Center, presentation on “Women in Islam”


March 13, Presenter, Peace Now Jewish-Muslim Dialogue, Beth Emet, Evanston, IL.


March 18, 2002.  “Hope in Islam” Center for Faith and Mission, Loyola, Chicago.


April 12, 2002.  Lecture on “The Role of Islamic Movements in the United States”  Islamic Center of Central Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


April 16, 2002 , “The Study of Religion post 9/11” Religious Studies Colloquium, Theology Department, Loyola University.


April 25, 2002, “Meditation and Remembrance in the Sufi Tradition”, Soul Space retreat center, Chicago.


June 1, 2002, “Hope, Fear, and Social Activism in Islam” Indian Muslim Relief Committee, Lombard, IL


Sept. 11, 2002.  Memorial Service, Beth Emet Synagogue, Evanston, Presenter.


“Sufism in the Islamic Tradition” Northwestern University Muslim Students Association, Oct. 24, 2002.


,March 25, 2003 “Winning the Peace?: Gulf War II Teach-In” Loyola University Chicago.


Four Lectures at Elijah School of Religion on “Islam and Authority”, Jerusalem, August, 2003.


Sept. 15, 2003.  Introduction to the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey, Chicago Theater, Chicago.


Sept. 20/21, 2003.  Retreat Leader, Muslim Women’s Association of New Mexico, Abiquiu, NM.


October 15, 2003.  Loyola.  Muslim Women: Spirituality and Practice for Islam Awareness Week.


Nov. 26, 2003.  Presenter, Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Ravenswood Ministerial Association.


Feb. 10, 2004. "Going over to the Dark Side: Otherness and Evil in Lord of the Rings" Theology Dept. panel on Lord of the Rings, Loyola University.


March 21, 2004. Panel on “Faith, reconciliation and hope” for Chicago Tikkun conference on the Middle East.


March 25, 2004.  Presenter. Panel for Women’s History Month. Loyola University.


March 31, 2004. The Iraq war-one year later.  Loyola University.


April 15, 2004 Loyola University “Revisiting the Idea of Vocation”


April 20, 2004 “Islamic Views of Vocation” Crossroads Center, Chicago.


May 2, 2004. “Spiritual Aspects of the Life of Muhammad” Niagara Foundation Milad Celebration, Rosemont, IL.


May 8, 2004. Speech on “Knowledge and the Intellect in Islam” for Midwest Ismaili Council Milad Celebration, Chicago IL.


May 16, 2004. “Iqbal and Love of the Prophet” Iqbal Day Celebration, East-West University, Chicago, Il.


July 10-12, 2004.  Three presentations on aspects of Islam at the Parliament for the World’s Religions, Barcelona, Spain.


Aug. 20, 2004. Talk on “Women in the Chishti Order” Annual Urs of Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti, Chishtiyya Foundation, Chicago, Il.


Aug. 21, 2004.  “Shah Wali Allah and his relevance to Muslims Today” at the Indian Muslim Educational Foundation dinner, Villa Park, Il.


Sept. 15, 2004.  Introduction.  Whirling dervishes of Konya, Turkey.  Chicago Theater, Chicago, Il.


Feb. 16, 2005 Lecture on “Sufism in the West” (in Urdu) at the Arabic and Persia Research center Library, Tonk, Rajastan, India


Feb. 25 and 27 lectures at the Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Research Library, Patna India


March 4, 2005 lecture at the Habitat Center, New Delhi India


March 21, 2005 Lecture at the Jamaat-i Islami headquarters, New Delhi India


April 23, 2005 Presentation at the Council for Islamic Ideology, Islamabad Pakistan.


April 30, 2005 Lecture at International Islamic University, Islamabad Pakistan


April 28, 2005 Presentation at United States Educational Foundation Fulbright Conference in Lahore.


May 21, 2005. Presentation at the Annual Milad al-Nabi Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


May 22, 2005. Presentation at the Annual Milad al-Nabi Conference, Dallas, Texas.


July 1, 2005 Lecture, “American Muslims” Community Builders Forum, Skokie, Illinois


Sept. 21, 2005.  Respondent, Loyola University theatre production “In the Heart of America”.


Nov. 9,  2005. Panelist on “textual criticism” Theology Dept. Loyola University Chicago


Nov. 11, 2005 “Sufi Thought and Contemporary Issues”, for the Chicago Interfaith Gathering.


Jan. 6, 2006 “American Sufism”  Community Builders Forum, Skokie Illinois.


Jan. 8, 2006.  “American Sufism”  Downtown Islamic Center, Chicago.


Jan. 10, 2006.  “Diversity in Islam: Media Representations”  Class in Journalism, Northwestern University, Evanston, Il.


Jan. 15, 2006 “Muslim Women’s Spirituality” for BVM National Meeting, Loyola University Chicago.


March 4, 2006. “Women and Religion”,  International Women’s Day Celebration, Des Plaines Turkish Community Center, Il.


March 19 “Women in Islam” ,  Unitarian Church, Hyde Park, IL


April 3, 2006. “End of Life Issues in Islamic Medical Ethics” Loyola Medical Center, Maywood, IL.


April 16, 2006. Milad, Islamic Women’s Association, Islamic Foundation, Villa Park, IL.


April 20 “Mercy and Spiritual Transformation”, Milad, Turkish Intercultural Club, Loyola University Chicago.


May 27, 2006 Workshop. “American Muslim Identity”,  Community Builders Chicago Convention, Rosemont, IL


June  4, 2006.  Welcome address. Iqra International Educational Foundation Banquet, Bloomingdale, Il


Sept. 22, 23, 2006  Presentations at the Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago IL for Conference on Christian Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice.


Oct. 30, 2006. “Transforming the Self: Transforming Society” Muslim Christian Dialogue at the Siena Center, Dominican University, Lake Forest, Illinois.


Nov. 4, 2006 “Gender and Family Justice in Islam”, Evangelic Christian/Muslim Dialogue. North Park University, Chicago.


Jan. 6, 2007. “Reflections on the Hajj Pilgrimage: Patriarchal or Provocative”, Abrahamic Traditions Dinner, Mount Prospect, Il.


Feb. 13, 2007.  Presentation at the Loyola Museum of Art on “Islam and Islamic Art”.


Feb. 17, 2007.  Panelist “Islam in Pakistan and Pakistanis in Chicago” Fulbright Association of Chicago.


March 7, 2007.  Presentation on “Basic Islam” at Christ Church, Episcopal, Winnetka, IL.


March 20, 2007. Panelist “Gender Apartheid: Fact or Fiction”, Loyola University Chicago.


March 21, 2007. Moderator, panel on “Understanding Mideast tensions and Hopes”, Peacemaking Conference, Loyola University Chicago.


April 2, 2007. Speaker. “Islam and Modernization”, Northeastern University Chicago.


April 27/28, 2007.  Respondent.  Jesus and Mary in Islamic and Christian Traditions, Nawawi Foundation Seminar, Oak Brook, IL.


April 30, 2007.  Presenter.  Honorary degree to Shirin Ebadi, Gannon Center/Loyola University Chicago.


May 3, 2007, Presenter, “Rumi A Voice for Our Times”.  Niagara Foundation, Chicago.


May  5, 2007.  Presenter.  Women in Religion and Culture.  Hellenic Museum, Chicago.


May 11, 2007. Lecture on “Sufism and the Modern” Frankfort Islamic Center, Frankfort, Il.


May 25, 2007. Presentation on Islam at Veterans Center, Evanston, IL.


May 27, 2007. Moderator.  Panel on Family Relationships, Community Builders Convention, Skokie, IL.


Sept. 8, 2007.  “Rumi: A Voice for our Times”.  Mount Prospect Library, Mount Prospect, IL.


Oct. 2. 2007 Speaker, “Rumi Commemoration” North Park University, Chicago.


June 25, 2008. “The Contemporary Relevance of Sufism” Institute of Strategic and Policy Initiatives, Oak Brook, IL.


Oct. 9, 2008. “Introduction to Islam. BP Naperville, Il.


Oct. 11, 2008. Response to Razia Fasih Ahmad’s Urdu Novel, Zakhm-e Tanha’i.  Arbab-e Urdu, Skokie, 


Oct. 19, 2008. Welcome speech, Iqra  Educational Foundation 25th Anniversary Banquet, Chicago.


Nov. 15, 2008. “Prophets and Scriptures in Islam”, Abraham Salon, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Hoffman Estates, Il.


Nov. 23, 2008.  “Thanksgiving and Eid al-Adha”, Averroes Academy Islamic School, Glenview Il.


Jan. 29, 2009. “Islamic Spirituality” for the Institute of Spiritual Companionship, Wilmette, IL.


March 21, 2009.  Presenter on Interfaith Dialogue at the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago Workshop.  Islamic Foundation, Bridgeview, IL.


July  18, 2009. Presented on Islam at the Abrahamic Reunion, Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, New York.


Oct. 31, 2009 “Mystical Approaches to the Qur’an” at The Qur’an Conference, Iqra International and al-Furqan Institute, Skokie, IL.


Nov. 11, 2009. “Afghan Women and the Elections” at the Freedom Project Table of Nations, Chicago, IL.


March 3, 2010. “Islamic Poetry and Spirituality”. Islam Awareness Week, Loyola University Chicago.


March 5, 2010 “Basement Mosques and other Muslim Spaces in North Chicago”. Community Builders, Skokie, IL.


March 13, 2010. “Female Companions of the Prophet”, Milad un Nabi Organization, Elmhurst, Il.


April 27, 2010. “Meditation and Inter-religious Engagement: A Sufi-Catholic Conversation” at the Center for Inter-religious Engagement, De Paul University, Chicago.


Sept. 28, 2010 “The Framing of the American Mosque” Islam in America Conference, American Islamic College, Chicago, IL.


Oct. 4, 2010.  Council of Islamic Organizations, Chicago, Conference, Panelist on “Issues facing Illinois Muslims”.


Nov. 5, 2010. “Islam and Culture/s” Fourth Presbyterian Church. Chicago.


Dec. 25, 2010. “Issues of Muslim Youth” al-Huda, Karachi Branch.


March 8, 2011. Women, Gender and Society in Turkey” at the Study Turkiye Workshop 11, ZK Consulting Chicago.


Sept. 17, 2011.Conference commentator “islam and Muslims I America” American Islamic College, Chicago.


Sept. 19, 2011.  Panelist on “The Last Things” for Medieval Studies Program, Loyola University Chicago.


Oct. 27, 2011  9/11 A decade Later: Panel on Religious Perspectives.  First Unitarian Church, Hyde Park


Nov. 1, 2011.  Advocate Forum, Loyola LGBTQ issues and the World Religions


Nov. 9, 2011 “Is Feminism Dead”. The Feminist Forum. Loyola University Chicago.


Nov. 16, 2011 “Interfaith Dialogue with Women Religious Leaders”, North Park University, Chicago.


Dec. 15, 2011. “Islamic Scriptures” at Faith to Faith First Congregational Church (UCC), Crystal Lake, IL.


Jan. 23, 2012.  “What does a Religious Tradition Pass On”, Center for Interreligious Engagement, De Paul University, Chicago.


Feb. 24, 2012. Women, Gender and Society in Turkey” at the Study Turkiye Workshop 12, ZK Consulting Chicago.


April 17, 2012. Respondent to Jacob Neusner, “The Three Religions Of One God:  Do They Possess The Law Of The Same God”, Loyola Law School, Chicago.


3. Service on Boards and Committees


Elected to Board, National Conference (formerly National Conference of Christians and Jews), San Diego, 1995-6.


Theology and the Natural Sciences (Templeton): Study of Islam, 1999.


Board, Iqra International Educational Foundation, Chicago, 2005-


Board, Community Builders Foundation, Chicago, 2005-


Board, Niagara Foundation, Chicago, 2006-.


Board, Institute of Strategic and Policy Initiatives, Oak Brook. 2008-.


Board, Rogers Park-West Ridge Historical Society, 2008-


Faculty Advisor, Muslim Student Association, Loyola University 1997-2005.


Faculty Advisor, Middle Eastern Students Association, Loyola University Chicago, 2003-2005.


Faculty Advisor, Turkish Intercultural Club, Loyola University Chicago, 2006-.


Theological Advisor, The Center for Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence, Minneapolis, MN. 2006-.


Reviewer, Fulbright National Committee, Washington, 2006.


Discipline Reviewer, Religious Studies, for Fulbright national, 2010-.


External Reviewer for a number of Ph. D. dissertations in Religious Studies and Sociology including Drew University, University of Exeter, University of Queensland.


International Board of Trustees, American Islamic College, Chicago 2010.


4. Consultancy


Group Facilitator, Canada-Pakistan Round Table Consultation (sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency), Toronto, Canada, January 29-31, 1986.


Consultant and Lecturer, Canadian International Development Agency, Ottawa, Canada.  Presentations on "Cross-Cultural Communication" (Pakistan), and "Islam in South Asia," May 1986.


Manuscript reviewer in Islamic Studies for State University of New York Press, Paragon Press, U. of Wisconsin, Prentice-Hall, Oxford U. Press, Blackwell. 


Proposal Reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, University of Alberta.


Evaluator.  National Endowment for the Humanities Four Week Institute for High School Teachers on "Islam: The Quran and the Hadith as Texts in Understanding Islamic Tenets, Civilization, and World View". New Mexico, Aug. 1994.


Academic Consultant, Council for Islamic Education, Fountain Valley, CA


Academic Consultant, Islamic Information Services, Los Angeles (Islam TV)


Sept. 2010 Consultant, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, Global Survey of Muslims



5. Other


Television Interview, "Muslims in San Diego," Channel 51, San Diego, January 28, 1991.


Radio Interview, "The Islamic Countries Today," KPBS Radio, San Diego, February 4, 1991.


Newspaper Interview (cited as expert), "American Muslim Women", San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 3, 1991.


Article and Interview "Marcia Hermansen: Professor of Islamic Studies" (in Arabic) al-Majalla. The International News Magazine of the Arabs. (London) 25 June 1994.  pp. 54-55.


Television Interview, Radio-Television Malaysia, July 1, 1994, Kuala Lumpur.


Newspaper Interview, Berita Harian Newspaper (in Bahasa Malaysia), Kuala Lumpur, July 10, 1994.


Televised lecture broadcast on UCSD TV Channel. "Introduction to Islam"  Feb. 1996.


Various Interviews on "Islam TV", Los Angeles, March 1996.


Admissions Interviewer of Prospective Undergraduates, University of Chicago Alumni Association, 1983 to present.


Faculty Adviser, Muslim Student Association, SDSU, 1984-1989, 1991- 6 and South Asian Student Association, SDSU, 1992-3.  


Television Interview, "Saviree, Saviree", Islamabad, Pakistan, Dec. 26, 1997.


Videographer (credited) “Celebrating the Prophet in the Remembrance of God: Sufi Dhikr in Egypt,” 1997 Video by Valerie J. Hoffman, Dept. of Religion, University of Illinois


Interviewed for newspaper article on Rumi Festival, Raleigh News and Observer, Oct. 2, 1998.


Interviewed by Chicago Sun Times on Generation X and Religion (Muslim community)

Dec. 1998.


Consulted by National Public Radio, WBUR Boston for upcoming program on the Qur’an responding to Atlantic Monthly article.  Dec. 23, 1998.


Interviewed by Columbia University School of Journalism student, Priya Malhotra for article on “Muslim Women Converts”. Jan. 1999.


Interviewed by Teresa Watenabe of Los Angeles Times for article on “Sufis in America”, Jan. 27, 1999. Cited in article published on April 15, 1999.


Organizing Committee.  Rogers Park Community Vision, Committee for Unity Vigil against Violence. July 10, 1999.


Interviewed by Michael Paulson, religion writer for the Boston Globe for story on “Muslim Home Schooling”. July 20, 2000.


Advisory Board, Pew Project on “Religion, Immigration, and Civil Society  in Chicago”, Loyola 2000.


Consulted by PBS show “Religion & Ethics NewsWeeekly” about Conversion to Islam in America, August 7, 2000.


Consulted by San Diego Union regarding Bahraini princess story, August 9, 2000.


Consulted by Los Angeles Times religion writer, Teresa Watanabe for story on the  “Role of American Muslims in a Global Context”, Oct. 3, 2000.


Quoted in Company Magazine, Winter 2000 in article “Changing Faces” on diversity at America’s Jesuit Universities, p. 29.


Consulted by Kathleen Roberts of the Elgin Courier, May 3, 2001 for story of religious conversion in America.


Consulted by the Boston Globe, May 10, 2001 for story of women converts to Islam in America. Published May 13 and copied world wide.


Interviewed and quoted in Salt Lake City Tribune, “Meaning of Jihad a Topic of Debate Since Terrorist Attacks on United States”, by Peggy Fletcher Stack, Sept. 22, 2001.


Consulted, Oct. 1, 2001. Flame Productions, Great Britain, for documentary proposal on Muslims in America.


Loyola Student Fulbright Application Committee, Loyola  University Chicago, Oct. 2001.


Oct. 5, 2001. Consulted by Aline McKenzie, Staff Writer, The Dallas Morning News.


Oct. 9 2001. Consulted by M. Lampman, Christian Science Monitor or Islamic conservatism.


Oct. 17, 2001. Consulted by Rick Wurtzman, Wall Street Journal on “Muslims in San Diego”


Oct. 18, 2001, consulted by Blain Harden, NY Times on “Saudi Influence on American Muslims”


Oct. 25, 2001, consulted by Sandi Dolbee, San Diego Union on “Muslims in San Diego” and “Ramadan”


Nov. 21, 2001. Consulted by Douglas Todd of the Vancouver Sun on “Authority in Islam” cited in article published.


Photographed for and featured in exhibit on “The Historic Chicago Bungalow” and bungalow write-up and photograph published in, The Chicago Bungalow Dominic A. Pacyga & Charles Shanabruch (Chicago: Architecture Foundation, 2001), 140-1.


Produced Video “In the Garden of American Sufi Movements” Screened at American Academy of Religion, 2001.


Feb. 15, 2002. Cited in New York Daily News article by Priya Malhotra on “American Muslim Women”.


Feb. 25, 2002 consulted by Marianna Farrell of the Daily Southtown for story on Islam.


March 1 consulted by Sanjay Dixit of Newsweek on a story regarding conservatism and American mosques.


March 1, 2002. Consulted by Maherin Gangat on “Converts to Islam in America” and videotaped interview for documentary on this subject.


March 7, 2002 consulted by Bruce Nolan of The Times Picayune, New Orleans.


March 12, 2002.  Interview by John Hall at CBS, WSGW Saginaw, Michigan on Islam.


April 12.2002.  Interview on Focus 580, WINN Radio (PBS) Urbana on “Muslims in North America’.


April 17, 2002. Consulted by Jennifer Gross, Valley News Dispatch, Pittsburgh, for article on “Conversion”.


August 26, 2002.  Consulted by Michael Paulson, Boston Globe for Muslims in America since Sept. 11.


Sept. 4, 2002. Consulted by Devin Fernandez for Public Interest article on Muslim Schools in America.


Oct. 16, 2002.  Article on my talk, “Women’s Spirituality in Islam”.  South Bend Observer.


Nov. 19,2002Consulted by Muneeza Arjuman of India Observer (New York) for article on Pakistanis in the United States.


Jan. 24, 2003. Interviewed by Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Chicago Tribune for story on Muslims in America.


Feb. 27, 2003. Interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on Muslim Student Associations in the United States.


March 2, 2003.  Interviewed on “Our House” Pakistani radio program in Chicago on the topic “Women in Islam”.


August 8, 2003. Interview by Holly Rossi for Religious News Service on “Progressive Muslims”. 


Sept. 3, 2003.  Interviewed by Eric Roston, Time Magazine for an article on Islamic Schools.


Oct. 10, 2003. Interviewed by Fox News, off air for segment on arranged marriages.


Oct. 15, 2003.  Consulted by Justin DeRose NPR Chicago WBEZ on Muslim youth cultures.


Nov. 13, 2003 Consulted by Paul Barrett, Wall Street Journal on Muslim youth in America.


Nov. 18, 2003. Consulted by Kimberley Palmer, Chicago Tribune/Red Eye for story on Islamic Finance.  Cited in article published Jan. 21, 2004.


March 1, 2004. Live telephone interview for Iran’s Sahar satellite TV channel on “Muslims in America”.


March 6, 2004.  Interview taped for WBEZ radio, Chicago on Progressive Muslim Youth.


March 13, 2004. Article on me in Zaman Turkish Newspaper.


April 5, 2004.  Consulted by Chicago Tribune reporter Genieve Abdo for story on Detroit Mosque survey.


April 26, 2004.  Consulted by Stella M. Chavez, Dallas Morning News for a story on a local Sufi center.  Quoted in the Dallas Morning News, Thursday, April 29, 2004, page 1B.  “Diversity in Suburbia”.


April 27, 2004.  My interview on “Muslim Youth Cultures” aired on NPR station WBEZ Chicago.


April 28, 2004.  Consulted by Anna Mulrine, U.S. News & World Report magazine for an article on the Progressive Muslim Movement in America.


May 3, 2004. Consulted by Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Chicago Tribune for story on Muslim Youth in America.


May 12, 2004. Consulted by Mark Oppenheimer, Boston Globe for story on American converts to Islam.


July 22, 2004.  Consulted by Judy Marcus of North Shore Magazine for story on “Religious Faith in Chicago”.


Sept. 3, 2004.  Consulted by Asra Noumani, for piece on progressive Islam in Time Magazine.


Oct. 8, 2004.  Consulted by Barbara Brotman, Chicago Tribune for story on Muslim Student Organizations.


Oct. 8, 2004.  Consulted by David Briggs, Cleveland Plain Dealer and Religion News Service for story on Rumi, Ramadan, and interfaith dialogue.


Oct. 8, 2004.  Featured in Inside Loyola, “Extraordinary Lives” column.


Oct. 15, 2004. Consulted by Irv Leavitt of the Pioneer (Glenview), for a story on Islamic Religious Healing.


Nov. 2, 2004.  Consulted by Leah Zeldes, Lerner News for story on Foods of Eid.


Nov. 24, 2004. Consulted by Manya Bashear, Chicago Tribune for story on Bridges (Muslim) TV channel.


Dec. 7, 2004.  Consulted by Barbara Brotman for Chicago Tribune story on Muslim Youth.  Quoted Dec. 23, 2004 in article “Struggle for the soul of Islam: Muslim youth forge own path in America,” p. 1A.


Dec. 8, 2004.  Consulted by Anitra Humphreys of Gospel Truth for a story on “Hearing the Voice of God.”


Dec. 31, 2004. Chicago Tribune interviewed by Manya Bashear and quoted in article  "Questions of Faith bound to rise from Catastrophe" p. 10.


Jan. 10, 2005.  Interviewed on “Progressive Muslims” by Douglas Williams for Radio program “Adhan” on station WLUW.


Jan. 11, 2005.  Consulted by Greg Di Cresce, Medill News Service for item on Islamic Medical Ethics.


Feb. 2005  Lecture write ups published in several Indian Newspapers in Jaipur and Patna.


April 14, 2005.  Interviewed about American Muslims published in Times of India Newspaper.


May 3, 2005.  Article on my lecture in Islamabad published in Jang newspaper, Pakistan.


Aug. 25, 2005. Consulted by Julia Liebovitz of Religionlink for article on Women’s groups in mosques.


Nov.-Dec. 2005 Consulted by BBC C4 re documentary on Sufism.


Aug. 19, 2006.  Consulted by Ben Wallace-Wells of Rolling Stone for an article on Muslim Converts in the West.


Aug. 25, 2005  Consulted by Dennis Mahoney, Religion reporter, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio for story on the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey.


Oct. 20, 2006. consulted by Deborah Horan, Chicago Tribune for a story of Bohra Muslims and Eid.


Nov. 3, 2006   Consulted by the “Breakfast Club” Radio Program, Kingston, Jamaica, re Muslim Women.


Nov. 8, 2006 Consulted by Noreen Ahmed-Abdullah, Chicago Tribune for story of Muslim Women’s Conference in New York.  Cited in article published Nov. 10, 2006, p. 3.


Nov. 29, 2006   Consulted by Helen Gray, Kansas City Star, and cited in article, “Finding a Faith: Discovering Islam and Charismatic Christianity” Dec. 16, p. 1.


Feb. 1, 2007.  Consulted by Lisa Fernandez, San Jose Mercury News for an article on Amulets and Islamic Spiritual Healing.


Feb. 20, 2007.  Consulted by Cathleen Falsani, Chicago Sun Times for article on “Sufism in Chicago”.


Feb. 25, 2007.  Consulted by Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, for a story on female converts to Islam. Quoted in story published March 15.


March 1, 2007.  Interviewed on the Radio show Extension 720, WGN Chicago, on varieties of Islamic movements.


March 3, 2007 Consulted by Pat Kampert, Chicago Tribune for the article on religion and masculinity "Men Muscle their Way into a Faith that Fits" and quoted twice. Section Q. p. 3.


March 14, 2007. Consulted and quoted by Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, for a story on "Conversions Veiled" about female converts to Islam.


March 29, 2007. Interviewed on Channel 11 WTTW "Chicago Tonight" regarding the book, The Search by Rhonda Byrne.


April 1, 2007. Interviewed by Nooreen Ahmed-Abdullah, Chicago Tribune for story on female translator of the Qur’an. 


April 8, 2007.  Interviewed by Steve Shoemaker on radio show “Keeping the Faith”, WILL 580 AM (NPR) Champaign-Urbana on “Islamic Mysticism”.


April 25,2007  Interviewed by Brad Greenberg, LA News, for an article on divorce among American Muslim youth.


May 17, 2007 Consulted by Michele Marr, Huntington Beach (CA) Independent on the meaning of “tariket” in Turkey.


Nov. 1, 2007.  Consulted by M. Lampman, Christian Science Monitor on “Sufism in the West”.


Nov. 9, 2007.  Interviewed by Noreen Ahmed-Abdullah, Chicago Tribune for story on “Ismaili Center and Concert”.  Quoted in Section 2, p. 11.


April 30, 2008.  Interviewed on “Radio Islam” Chicago regarding the topic “Islam and Culture”.


Sept. 15, 2008.  Cited in article “An Unusual Partnership: Islamic Scholars at Jesuit Universities” by Tom Michel in America Magazine, 32-33.


Nov. 13, 2008 Urdu Times Chicago Report on “Razia Fasih Ahmed Event--Urdu Book Launch” story with picture of my presentation on the Urdu novel “Zakhm-e-Tanha’i” p. 8.


June 23, 2009.  Advisory board for documentary “New Muslim Cool” aired on PBS television.


July 2, 2009.  Consulted by Kristine Herrndobler, Houston Chronicle about the whirling dervishes.


Aug. 18, 2009. Consulted by Manya Brachear, Chicago Tribune re story on “Taking the extra step at Ramadan”. Quoted in article published August 23, 2009.


Nov. 10, 2009. Consulted and quoted by Manya Brachear, Chicago Tribune, for story on “Embryos’ Fate”, Section A p. 8


Dec. 10-12, 2009.  Consulted by the Presbyterian Church, Louisville Kentucky for document on Muslim Christian Relations.


June 23, 2010. Consulted by Nora Kaplan-Bricker for Slate Magazine on Americans adopting Muslim names.


July 30, 2010.  Consulted by Karen Calabria of America.gov for story on student run campus mosques and chaplains. Cited in published article Aug, 28, 2010.


Aug. 5, 2010  Interviewed by Odette Youssef, NPR, Chicago on Muslims in North Chicago.


Oct. 30, 2010. Interviewed by Helen O’Neill, Associated Press, on American Sufi Movements.


Nov. 3, 2010.  Interviewed by “Radio Islam”, Chicago, on Female converts to Islam.