Mahmoud Ayoub

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Mahmoud Ayoub
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Ain Qana, French Lebanon
NationalityLebanon, United States
OccupationProfessor, Writer, Board member
Board member ofEditorial Board, Journal, Islam and Christian Muslim Relations.[1]
  • Kent Doctoral Fellowship
  • Canada Council Fellowship
  • Fulbright Exchange of Scholars program for Malaysia (1994 – 1995).
  • Fulbright Exchange of Scholars program for Egypt and Lebanon (2000).
  • Fulbright Senior Specialists Program for Malaysia (2003).[2][3]
Academic background
Alma materHarvard University, History of Religion, (Ph.D. 1975)
  • University of Pennsylvania, Religious Thought, (M.A. 1966)
  • American University of Beirut, Lebanon, Philosophy, (B.A. 1964
ThesisRedemptive Suffering in Islam: A Study of the Devotional Aspects of ‘Ashura’ in Twelver Shi’ism (1975)
Doctoral advisorAnnemarie Schimmel
Academic work
DisciplineProfessor of Islamic Studies
Sub-disciplineChristian-Muslim Relations
  • Editorial Consultant, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, Oxford University Press.
  • Visiting Professor, University of Balamand, Tripoli, Lebanon
  • Research Fellow, Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Editorial Consultant, Hartford Seminary, The Muslim World journal, Hartford, CT.
Main interestsReligious studies; Christian-Islamic relations

Mahmoud Ayoub is a Lebanese scholar and professor of religious and inter-faith studies. He is the author of "Redemptive Suffering in Islam" which is one of the most cited works on Ashura and Muharram observance.

Background[edit | edit source]

  • Ph.D (Harvard University)
  • M.A. (University of Pennsylvania)
  • BA (American University of Beirut)

Areas of Study[edit | edit source]

  • Shi’ite Islam
  • Comparative religions
  • Interfaith dialogue
  • Christian-Muslim relations

Biography[edit | edit source]

Mahmoud Ayoub was born in South Lebanon. He received his education at the American University of Beirut (BA, Philosophy, 1964), the University of Pennsylvania (M.A., Religious Thought, 1966), and Harvard University (Ph.D., History of Religion, 1975).

From 1988 to 2008, he was a Professor and director of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion, Temple University, Philadelphia, an Adjunct Professor at the Duncan Black Macdonald Center, Hartford Seminary, Connecticut, a Research Fellow at the Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania and the Tolson visiting professor at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley California. In 1998, Dr. Ayoub helped devise and launch a graduate M.A. level program in Muslim-Christian relations and comparative religion for the Centre for Christian-Muslim Studies, University of Balamand, Lebanon, and since the Spring of 1999, has been its visiting professor. Mahmoud Ayoub has also previously taught at San Diego State University, the University of Toronto, and McGill University.

Throughout his academic career, Mahmoud Ayoub has received distinguished awards and scholarships, both for his achievements and researches. Among others, he was a recipient of the Kent Doctoral Fellowship and the Canada Council Fellowship. In 1994-5, he participated in the Fulbright Exchange of Scholars program for Malaysia. In the Spring-Summer of 2000, he undertook a research project on Christian-Muslim relations in Egypt and Lebanon, also on a Fulbright scholarship.

Mahmoud Ayoub is the author of a number of books including, Redemptive Suffering in Islam and The Qur’an and Its Interpreters (vol. 1 & 2). The summer of 2000 saw the release of his two-volume publication, Dirasat fi al-‘Alaqat al-Masihiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Arabic (Studies in Christian-Muslim Relations). Islam: Faith and History appeared in 2004. In addition, his articles have appeared in books and journals, like, The Muslim World, Journal of the American Oriental Society, Bulletin of the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies (Tokyo, Japan) and Islamochristiana (Rome, Italy), among many others. Prof. Ayoub has also served and is still serving on a number of Advisory and Editorial Boards.

Mahmoud Ayoub’s authority in both the scholarship and comparative study of Islam and Muslim-Christian relations, as well as inter-religious dialogue, is demonstrated by the national and international recognition he has received. This is reflected by his numerous local and overseas scholarly engagements. Since 1999, Dr. Ayoub has participated in the United States’ Department of State’s program, serving as one of its ambassadors to various parts of the Middle East and S.E. Asia, commenting on American society and institutions, inter-religious dialogue and Islam in America.

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Mahmoud Ayoub (Faculty Associate in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations)" (PDF). Hartford University. p. 1. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  2. "Mahmoud Ayoub (Faculty Associate in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations)" (PDF). Hartford University. p. 11. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  3. Staff (3 April 2013). "Entrepreneurship Faculty Member Named Fulbright Specialist". University of Missouri - Kansas City. Retrieved 31 August 2018. Distinguished Fulbright Specialist participants include Mahmoud Ayoub...