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Campus Chaplains Hold the Center When Things Fall Apart

In ordinary and extraordinary moments, college chaplains serve as ethical guides and exegetes of lived experience. 

The Urgency of Now

There are many entry points

into building inclusion.

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The Qur’an on Mary

The Mother of Jesus, and the


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From the Madrassa to the Seminary

 Training Programs for Aspiring American Muslim Professionals

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Women and Gender in the Qur'an


Article translated into Arabic by  Zeinab Salah for Awj Magazine

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Making Space for Muslims 

in the University—and America


Explaining Islam: What I Wish You Knew 
in the University—and America

Forthcoming Articles, 2022:


“Children and Parents in the Qur’an and Premodern Islamic Jurisprudence.” In Religious Perspectives on Reproductive Ethics, coauthored with Janan Delgado, edited by Dena Davis. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022.

"Spiritual Freedom," co-authored with Najiba Akbar. Forecast, Fall 2022

Published Book Chapters and Journal Articles:

“Simulation-based Pedagogy for Interreligious Literacy: Critical Thinking Exercises for Teens and Young Adults in Religious Studies Classrooms.” In Georgetown Companion to Interreligious Studies, edited by Lucinda Mosher. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2022.

“Spiritual Care by and for Muslim Women in the United States.” Journal of Pastoral Theology (Spring 2022). 


“The Tentative Mufassira,” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 37, no. 2 (2021): 213–19.


“Teaching Pluralism and Raising Conscience: Lessons from a High School Classroom.” In Deep Understanding for Divisive Times: Essays in Celebration of Ten Years of the Journal of Interreligious Studies. Ed. Mary Elizabeth Moore, Lucinda Mosher, Or Rose, and Axel Takacs, 120–25. Newton Center, MA: Interreligious Studies Press, 2020.


“Verse 4:34: Abjure Symbolic Violence, Rebuff Feminist Partiality, or Seek Another Hermeneutic?” In Muslim Women and Gender Justice: Concepts, Sources, and Histories. Edited by Dina El Omari, Juliane Hammer, and Mouhanad Khorchide, 170–82. New York: Routledge, 2020.


“Sūrat al-ʿAlaq and Dispositions for Interreligious Engagement.” In Words to Live By: Sacred Sources for Interreligious Engagement, edited by Or Rose, Homayra Zaid, and Soren Hessler, 82–92. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2018.


“Sexual Violence and Qur’anic Resources for Healing Processes.” In Sexual Violence and Sacred Texts, edited by Amy Kalmanofsky, 75–93. Cambridge, MA: Feminist Studies in Religion Books, 2017.


“Family Law Reform, Spousal Relations, and the ‘Intentions of Islamic Law.’” In Women’s Rights and Religious Law: Domestic and International Perspectives, edited by Fareda Banda and Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, 108–22. New York: Routledge, 2016.

“Ummah at the Intersection of Identities.” In Religious Identity and Renewal in the Twenty-First Century: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Explorations, edited by Michael Trice and Simone Sinn, 171–86. Leipzig: The Lutheran World Federation, 2015.


“Gendering Ritual: A Muslima’s Reading of the Laws of Menstrual Preclusion.” In Muslima Theology: The Voices of Muslim Women Theologians, edited by Elif Mendeni, Ednan Aslan, and Marcia Hermansen, 167–79. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2013.


“Religion, Gender, and Family Law: Critical Perspectives on Integration for European Muslims.” In Applying Sharia in the West: Facts, Fears and the Future of Islamic Rules on Family Relations in the West, coauthored with Zainab Alwani, edited by Maurits S. Berger, 227–40. Debates on Islam and Society Series. Leiden: Leiden University Press, 2013.

“‘The Garment of Piety Is Best’: Islamic Legal and Exegetical Works on Bodily Covering.” Claremont Journal of Religion 4, no. 1 (2015): 19–54.


“Interreligious Leadership Education for Muslims in the United States.” Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, no. 15 (2014): 21–23.


“Interreligious Encounter in Women’s Words: Two Late Nineteenth-Century American Accounts.” Studies in Interreligious Dialogue 23, no. 2 (2013): 226–33.

Additional Online Articles:

"Community-Based Learning for Muslim Leadership Development," The Commons, Platform of the Association for Public Religion and Intellectual Life, August 3, 2022.

“Psalm 126: A Jewish–Muslim Dialogue,” with Nancy Fuchs Kreimer. PsalmSeason, August 17, 2020.


“Multifaith Work as Urgent, Deeply Meaningful and Complicated,” Evolve, June 2020.


“Anti-Muslim Bias as a Social Justice Issue,” Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning, May 13, 2020.

“Women and Leadership,” with Sharon Cohen Anisfeld. The Huffington Post, May 20, 2016.