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Scott Alexander

Catholic Theological Union
Director, Catholic-Muslim Studies

Scott C. Alexander is currently Associate Professor of Islam at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he is also director of the school’s Catholic-Muslim Studies Program. He sits on the advisory boards of the Lake Institute for Faith and Giving (Indiana University) and the Institute for Religion and Civic Values (Los Angeles), and is a regular consultant on Christian-Muslim relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Washington, D.C.) and the Centro Internazionale di Studi e Ricerche Oasis (Latin Patriarchate of Venice, Italy). Dr. Alexander is the author of a number of articles on Islamic history and religion published in scholarly journals and encyclopedias. He is the editor of a forthcoming collection of essays entitled "Sisters: Women, Religion, and Leadership in Christianity and Islam" (Rowman and Littlefield, Spring 2009). His most recent book project is entitled "The Race to Goodness: an End to Triumphalism in Christianity and Islam."

Areas of Expertise

Islamic Studies (Islamic History, Theology, Law, Mysticism and spirituality, Qur'anic Studies); Christian-Muslim Relations

Countries Covered

Middle East - general (work is not primarily area focused)

Potential Lecture Topics

  • "New Windows on Islam" (Intro)
  • "Islam and the Current Global Context: 10 Things a Thinking Person Should Consider"
  • "Confrontation and Dialogue: History of Christian-Muslim Relations"
  • "Jalal al-Din Rumi: Muslim, Migrant, and Mystic"