Ruqayya Y. Khan: Islamic Studies

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Chair of Islamic Studies
Associate Professor of Religion

Contact Information

School of Arts and Humanities
831 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711


Spring 2014 Office Hours

Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:00 pm;
or by appointment.


Ph.D., Islamic Studies and Arabic Literature, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department, University of Pennsylvania, 1997.  


Research Interests

The Qur’ān; Arabic literatures; Progressive Islamic Theologies; Women in Islam; Islam and Environmental Ethics; Islam and the Digital Age


Teaching Fields

Classic Arabic literatures and the Qur’ān; Gender and Sexuality in Arabic Literature; Western Qur’ānic Studies; Feminisim and Qur’ānic Studies; Women in Islam; Islam and Environmental Ethics 


Current Projects

Islam and Ecology; Islam and the Environment; Early Islam and Female Authority


Selected Publications

The Digital Muhammad. University of Texas Press (Under Contract). More Information Here.

“Of CyberMuslimahs: Wives of the Prophet and Muslim Women in the Digital Age,” in The Digital Muhammad, ed. Ruqayya Khan (University of Texas Press, Under Contract). More Information Here.

"Did a Woman Edit the Qur'an? Hafsa's Famed Codex," Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Forthcoming.

“Religion & Youth Identity in Post-War Bosnia-Herzegovina,” in Children and Religion: A Methods Handbook, ed. Susan Ridgley Bales (NYU Press, 2011). More Information Here.

“Islam in America: Zeroing in on the Park51 Controversy,” Special Issue, Guest Editor, Religions (ISSN 2077-1444) 2011. More Information Here.

'The Chambir of My Thought: Self and Conduct in a Ninth-Century Arabo-Islamic Ethical Treatise," History of Religions (Aug., 2009 vol. 49, no. 1). More Information Here.

Self and Secrecy in Early Islam. Examination of the concept and theme of the secret in sacred text of the Qur'an, Islamic ethical writings and Arabic love literature. Frederick M. Denny, Editor, Studies in Comparative Religion Series, The University of South Carolina Press, 2008. More Information Here.

"Pastoralism and the 'Wild Man' in an Early Arabic Romance," Middle Eastern Literatures, Special issue: "Arabic Literature before al-Muwayhili," Vol. 11, no. 2, August, 2008. More Information Here.

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