Dr. Irfan A. Omar
Irfan A. Omar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Assistant Department Chair

Irfan A. Omar (Ph.D., Temple University, 2001), specializes in Islamic thought with a special focus on inter-religious connections between Islam and other religions. His secondary areas of interest are Islamic mysticism and South Asian Studies. He has edited/co-edited several volumes including Islam and Other Religions: Pathways to Dialogue (Routledge, 2006) and A Christian View of Islam: Essays on Dialogue by Thomas F. Michel, SJ (Orbis, 2010). In 2006, he received the US Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for lecturing at the Muhammadiyah University Malang in Indonesia. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies and the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion (online). He is also member of the Ethics Section’s steering committee of the American Academy of Religion (AAR).

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