Board of Scholars


Professor Amir Hussain:

Dr. Amir Hussain is Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and the chairperson of CFGU Board of Scholars. His research focuses on Muslim communities in North America. Dr. Hussain teaches and publishes about Islam and Muslim lives. He also teaches about comparative religion and interfaith dialogue.

Professor Hussain is a co-chair of the Religion, Film, and Visual Culture group of the American Academy of Religion. He is also a member of the steering committee of the Study of Islam section of AAR. He is the author of "Oil and Water: Two Faiths, One God." His recent book "Muslims and the Making of America" was published in September 2016. Professor Hussain has been an expert commentator for several programs on the History Channel. He has been a guest on the television shows "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher", "The Tavis Smiley Show", and "California Connected".

Professor Hussain received his B.Sc., M.A. and Ph. D. all from University of Toronto, Canada. Previously he had taught at California State University at Northridge, California.


Professor Ebrahim Moosa:

Ebrahim Moosa is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame in the Department of History and the Kroc Institute for International Studies. He was previously Professor of Religion and Islamic Studies at Duke University. His interests span both classical and modern Islamic thought with a special focus on Islamic law, history, ethics and theology.

Professor Moosa was named Carnegie Scholar in 2005 to pursue research on the madrasas, Islamic seminaries of South Asia. He has received grants from the Ford Foundation to research contemporary Muslim ethics and issues of philanthropy in the Muslim world. He is the author of the prize-winning book, Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination. He contributes regularly to the op-ed pages of the New York Times, Atlanta-Journal Constitution, The Boston Review and several international publications and is frequently invited to comment on global Islamic affairs.

Professor Moosa earned his MA and PhD from the University of Cape Town. Previously he taught at the University of Cape Town's Department of Religious Studies in South Africa till 1998. He was visiting professor at Stanford University 1998-2001 prior to joining Notre Dame.


Professor Liyakat Takim:

Professor Liyakat Takim is the Sharjah Chair in Global Islam at McMaster University in Canada. A prolific writer and speaker he has authored more than one hundred and twenty scholarly works which have been published in various journals, books, and encyclopedia. He has written on a wide range of topics such as reformation in Islam, the role of custom in shaping Islamic law, Islam in the western diaspora, Islamic fundamentalism, Islamic mystical tradition, Islamophobia, the treatment of women in Islam law and many other topics

He has published three books and is now working on his fourth book, Ijtihad and Reformation in Islam. Professor Takim has taught at several universities and is actively engaged in dialogue with different faith communities.

Professor Takim received his M.A. from University of Virginia and Ph. D from School of Oriental & African Studies, London. Previously, he had taught at Vanderbilt University and University of Miami.


Professor Marcia Hermansen:

Dr. Marcia Hermansen is Director of the Islamic World Studies Program and Professor in the Theology Department at Loyola University Chicago where she teaches courses in Islamic Studies and the academic study of religion. She received her Ph. D. from the University of Chicago in Arabic and Islamic Studies.

Her recently co-edited books include Religion and Violence: Christian and Muslim Theological and Pedagogical Reflections (Springer, 2017), Islam, Religions, and Pluralism in Europe (2016), Islam and Citizenship Education (2015), Muslima Theology: The Voices of Muslim Women Theologians (2013). Her monographs include Shah Wali Allah's Treatises on Islamic Law (2010) and The Conclusive Argument from God, a study and translation (from Arabic) of Shah Wali Allah of Delhi's, Hujjat Allah al-Baligha (Brill 1996).

Professor Hermansen received her B.A. from the University of Waterloo and  Ph. D. from the University of Chicago in Arabic and Islamic Studies. Previously she was a visiting professor at McGill University in Canada and a professor of religious studies at San Diego State University.