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Dr. Waleed El-Ansary

Dr. Waleed El-Ansary

University Chair of Islamic Studies, Theology Department

University Chair of Islamic Studies, Institute for Spirituality & Social Justice

ML 4442
329 Hinkle Hall

Phone: (513) 745-3517

Fax: (513) 745-3215


Dr. Waleed El-Ansary is University Chair in Islamic Studies at Xavier University, where he teaches courses on comparative religion, Islamic studies, and religion and science. He holds a Ph.D. in Islamic and Religious Studies from George Washington University and M.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland. His research focuses on the intersection of religion, science, and economics. He has authored numerous publications, including “Islamic Environmental Economics and the Three Dimensions of Islam” in his co-edited volume Muslim and Christian Understanding: Theory and Application of A Common Word. His recent work includes a book sponsored by a UNESCO-based organization, the Aladdin Project. To quote the Executive Director, the project is bringing a group of “distinguished religious scholars [to co-author] a book called ‘KNOW THE RELIGION OF THY NEIGHBOR.’ The book will be the main pedagogical tool in a program that seeks to familiarize theological students, be they rabbis, priests or imams, with the other two monotheist religions as described by prominent authorities in those religions.” Dr. El-Ansary has written the section on Islam with contributions from H.E. Shaykh Ali Gomma, the former Grand Mufti of Egypt, and Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, University Professor of Islamic Studies at The George Washington University (who will be visiting Xavier in October as part of the 50th anniversary celebrating Nostra Aetate and is arguably the leading Islamic studies scholar in the West). The book is being translated into French and enjoys the support of the French Interior Minister, who is working with the Aladdin Project to organize a conference in Paris to discuss, in the presence of senior religious leaders and thinkers from the three Abrahamic religions, how such texts could be used in theological centers in France. An international debate on the subject is also being planned in the United Arab Emirates with the Aladdin Project’s Emirati and Saudi partners. A second publication is an article co-authored with Muhammad Zia ul-Haq, Director General of the Islamic Research Institute of the International Islamic University in Islamabad, who visited Xavier on a Fulbright last year. Dr. El-Ansary’s article is entitled “Unity and Religious Diversity in Islamic Theology, Law, and Tradition,” forthcoming as a chapter in a volume edited by Michael Sweeney, Professor of Philosophy at Xavier, related to his E/RS series on unity, diversity, and tolerance last year. A third publication is a forthcoming volume co-authored with Osman Bakar and Ali Lakhani entitled, Islamic Science, Political Philosophy and Economics: An Integrative Approach to the Physical and Social Sciences. Dr. El-Ansary’s contribution focuses on the Islamic economics section.

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