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Dr. Martin Nguyen

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
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Modern Muslim Theology: Engaging God and the World with Faith and Imagination. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.

Sufi Master and Qur'an Scholar: Abū l-Qāsim al-Qushayri and the Laṭāʾif al-ishārāt. London: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Scholarly Articles and Chapters, Peer-Reviewed

[Accepted, Publication Pending] "Exegetes of Nishapur: A Preliminary Survey of Qur’anic Works by Ibn Ḥabīb (d. 406/1016), Ibn Fūrak (d. 406/1015) and ʿAbd al-Qāhir al-Baghdādī (d. 429/1037),” Journal of Qur’anic Studies vol. 20 no. 2 (June 2018), publication pending.

[Accepted, Publication Pending] “Sunni Hermeneutical Literature” in The Oxford Handbook of Qur’anic Studies, edited by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem & Mustafa Shah. Oxford University Press, expected 2018-19.

“Modern Scripturalism and Emergent Theological Trajectories: Moving Beyond the Qur’an as Text,” Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies, vol. 2 no. 1 (November 2016), pp. 61-79.

“Al-Qushayrī’s Exegetical Encounter with the Miʿrāj” in The Spirit and the Letter: Approaches to the Esoteric Interpretation of the Qur’an, edited by Annabel Keeler & Sajjad Rizvi. London: Institute of Ismaili Studies & Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 241-270.

“Sufi Theological Thought” in The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Theology, edited by Sabine Schmidtke. Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 325-343.

“The Textual Legacy of Abū l-Qāsim al-Qušayrī: A Bibliographic Record,” co-authored with Francesco Chiabotti, Arabica, vol. 61 (2014), no. 3-4, pp. 339-395.

Al-Tafsīr al-kabīr: An Investigation of al-Qushayrī’s Major Qur’an Commentary,” Journal of Sufi Studies vol. 2 no. 1 (2013), pp. 17-45.

“Al-Qushayrī and His Legacy,” co-authored with Matthew Ingalls, Journal of Sufi Studies vol. 2 no. 1 (2013), pp. 1-6.

Guest Editor of Journal of Sufi Studies vol. 2 no. 1 (2013), Special Issue on al-Qushayrī.

“Letter by Letter: Tracing the Textual Genealogy of a Sufi Tafsīr” in The Aims, Methods and Context of Qur’anic Exegesis (2nd/8th – 9th/15th Centuries), edited by Karen Bauer.  London: Institute of Ismaili Studies & Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 217-240.

“Exegesis of theurūf al-Muqaṭṭaʿa: Polyvalency in Sunnī Traditions of Qur’anic Interpretation”, Journal of Qur’anic Studies vol. 14 no. 2 (2012), pp. 1-28.

“Hermeneutics as Translation: As Assessment of Islamic Translation Trends in America,” Muslim World, vol. 98, no. 4 (October 2008), pp. 485-501.

[In Progress] “Naming Race and White Supremacy in the Teaching of Religion and Islam: Intersectional Interventions,” to be submitted to Teaching Theology and Religion as part of the 2017-18 Colloquy on Writing the Scholarship of Teaching in Theology and Religion.

[In Progress] “Ascending to Subtleties: Abūl’-Qāsim al-Qushayrī’s Laṭāʾif al-ishārāt (The Subtleties of the Signs,” in A Guide to Sufi Literature, edited by Mohammed Rustom and Joseph Lumbard. Berkeley: University of California Press, expected 2019.

Scholarly Articles and Chapters

[Accepted, Publication Pending] “Response to Christoph Schwöbel’s ‘The One and the Three in Christian Worship and Doctrine,’” in Affirming the Unity of God: Christian and Muslim Perspectives, edited by Lucinda Mosher and David Marshall. Georgetown University Press, expected 2018.

“Could the Kaaba Represent Tradition?,” Renovatio: The Journal of Zaytuna College (6 February 2018),

“Issues of Immediacy and Identity in Scholarship and Pedagogy for Islam in the Academy,” Islam at Jesuit Colleges & Universities, edited by Aysha Hidayatullah and Erin Brigham, University of San Francisco Press, 2016, pp. 43-52.

“Paper and the Formation of a Paper Society,” Ascent, no. 1 (Spring 2007), p. 11.

[Submitted] “The Contours of God’s Power: An Introduction to Passages from the Qur’an and Hadith,” in Divine Power and Human Power: Christian and Muslim Perspectives, edited by Lucinda Mosher and David Marshall. Georgetown University Press, expected 2018-19.

Encyclopedia Entries

Encyclopaedia of Islam, Third Edition. Leiden, Brill, 2007-present [2017]. The following entries:

            - Daqqāq, Abu ʿAlī (2015)

            - al-Fūrakī, Abū Bakr (2014)

            - Ibn ʿAṭāʾ Aḥmad (2016)

            - Ibn Fūrak, Abū Bakr Muḥammad (2017)

            - Jurayrī, ʿAbdallah (pending)

[Publication Pending] I.B. Tauris Biographical Dictionary of Islamic Civilization. Edited by Muhammad A.S. Abdel Haleem & Mustafa A.A. Shah. I.B. Tauris, expected 2018-2019. The following biographies:

            - al-Fuḍayl ibn ʿIyāḍ (d. 187/802-3)

            - al-Ḥasan ibn Muḥammad ibn Ḥabīb (d. 406/1015)

            - al-Niffarī (d. c. 366/977)

            - al-Qushayrī (d. 465/1072)

“Piety and Asceticism,” Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought. Edited by Gerhard Böwering, et al. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012, pp. 415-416.

“Rabi’a al-‘Adawiyya,” Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, vol. 145. Detroit, Gale Cengage, 2012, pp. 97-162. Volume advisor, provided review and bibliographic annotations for the Rabi’a entry.

“Caravans,” Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage.  Edited by Larrisa J. Taylor, et al.  Leiden: Brill, 2009, pp. 84-86.

Encyclopedia of Islam in the United States. Edited by Jocelyne Cesari.  Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2007. The following articles:

            - Apostasy

            - Bawa Muhaiyadin Fellowship

            - Khan, Hazrat Inayat (1882-1926)

            - Muhammad (570-632)

            - Quran

            - Sufism

            - United Submitters International


Book Reviews

Book Review of Shahab Ahmed, “Before Orthodoxy: The Satanic Verses in Early Islam,” Religious Studies Review, vol. 43, no. 4 (December 2017), p. 414.

Book Review of Gerhard Böwering & Bilal Orfali, “The Comfort of the Mystics: A Manual and Anthology of Early Sufism,” Journal of the American Oriental Society, vol. 136, no. 3(2016), pp. 658-659.

Book Review of Mona Siddiqui, “Hospitality and Islam: Welcoming in God’s Name,” Reading Religion: Journal of the American Academy of Religion. Published online June 30, 2016,

Book Review of Mohammad Hassan Khalil, “Between Heaven and Hell:Islam, Salvation, and the Fate of Others,” Journal of the American Oriental Society, vol. 135, no. 3(2015), pp. 31-32.

Book Review of Saeko Yazaki, “Islamic Mysticism and Abū Ṭālib al-Makkī: The Role of the Heart,” Journal of Sufi Studies, vol. 2, no. 2 (2013), pp. 207-209.

Book Review of Todd Lawson, “Gnostic Apocalypse and Islam: Qur’an, Exegesis, Messianism, and the Literary Origins of the Babi Religion,” American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, vol. 30, no. 1 (2013), pp. 102-104.

Book Review of Gavin Picken, “Spiritual Purification in Islam: The Life and Works of al-Muḥāsibī,” Journal of Sufi Studies, vol. 1, no. 2 (2012), pp. 247-249.

Book Review of Sophia Vasalou, “Moral Agents and Their Deserts: The Character of Mu‘tazilite Ethics,” Review of Middle East Studies, vol. 43, no. 2 (Winter 2009), pp. 291-293.

Book Review of Abdullah Saeed, “Interpreting the Qur’an: Towards a Contemporary Approach,” American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, vol. 24, no. 1 (Winter 2007), pp. 117-120.

Online Contributions

Contending Modernities, University of Notre Dame, “Expanding the Conversation on Hospitality in Islam” [26 May 2017]

Islamicana, Founder and Contributor, 2012-2017.

 Wabash Center’s Teaching Islam Series, 2016-2017:

            - “Navigating the Yūsuf/Joseph Narrative” [12 July 2017]

            - “Teaching Black Lives Matter through Islam and Muslims” [26 April 2017]

            - “Teaching Qur’anic Exegesis in English” [15 February 2017]

            -  “Against Reductive Narratives of Religious Motive” [14 September 2016]

            - “Teaching Islamic Theology Through Black Lives” [June 15, 2016]

            - “The Mosque Design Project” [6 April 2016]

            - “Learning Through Experience: Memorization and Recitation” [3 February 2016]

            - “Teaching Black Lives Matter Through Islam and Muslims” [26 April 2016]

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