Dr. Waleed El-Ansary is the Helal, Hisham and Laila Edris El-Swedey 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 recently published articles include “Can Our Science and Economics Honor Nature?” in the inaugural issue of Renovatio (Spring 2017) and “Hindu and Islamic Economics: On the Need for a New Economic Paradigm” in a special issue of The Muslim World devoted to Hindu-Muslim relations (April 2017). His current work includes a book sponsored by a UNESCO-based organization, the Aladdin Project, which will be the main pedagogical tool in a program that seeks to familiarize theological students with the other two monotheist religions as described by prominent authorities in those religions.
Dr. El-Ansary has developed an online course at Xavier on Introduction to Islam that is now available on YouTube.