Mohammad Khalil

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Assistant Professor, Religion

Mohammad Hassan Khalil is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Illinois. He received his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of Michigan and has published articles and book chapters on a variety of issues pertaining to Islamic thought and Muslim societies. He specializes in Islamic thought and has presented papers at national and international conferences, such as the 2nd World Congress of Middle East Studies, and at annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion, the Middle East Studies Association, and the American Oriental Society. Dr. Khalil has published / is publishing peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on Islamic ethics; Western analyses of Islamic theology (particularly the anthropomorphism debate); conversion out of Islam; the hadith authenticity debates; the intersection of Islamic historiography, exegesis, and law; and the significance of the veil in Egypt, Turkey, and Iran. He is currently working on a monograph on Islamic soteriology.


Areas of Expertise

Salvation in Islam (Muslim Scholarly Discussions on the Fate of Others), Islamic Theology, Qur'anic Exegesis, Early Islamic History, Islam in the Modern World, Islam in America


Countries Covered

Middle East, Arab World, and the West (general); specifically, Egypt and the United States


Potential Lecture Topics

  • "Islam, Salvation, and the Fate of Non-Muslims"
  • "Islam 101"
  • "Islam and Christianity" or "Islam and Judaism"
  • "Islam, Peace, and Violence"
  • "Islam and Gender"
  • "Islam and Interfaith Relations"