Board of Scholars

Professor Amir Hussain:
Dr. Amir Hussain is an Associate 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 has published a book "Oil and Water: Two Faiths, One God." 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:
Dr. Ebrahim Moosa is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion at Duke University and Associate Director of Research at the Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC). 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 TimesAtlanta-Journal ConstitutionThe 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 Duke University.

Professor Liyakat Takim:
Dr. Takim is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Denver.  His research interests center on the historical development of juridical and theological literature in the Classical period of Islam, Shi'I biographical literature and reformation of Islamic law in contemporary times.

Professor Takim has authored over sixty scholarly works on diverse topics like Islam in America, the indigenization of the Muslim community in America, war and peace in the Islamic tradition, the treatment of  women in Islamic juridical literature, Islamic law, Islamic biographical literature, reformation in the Islamic world, jihad in Shi‘i law, the charisma of the holy man and shrine culture, Islamic mystical traditions, and various aspects of Shi‘i history and figures. In addition, he is involved in a joint research project entitled "Muslims in the American Public Square," undertaken for the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.

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. 

Professor Hermansen has contributed numerous academic articles in the fields of Islamic Thought, Sufism, Islam and Muslims in South Asia, Muslims in America, and Women in Islam. In the course of her research and language training she lived for extended periods in Egypt, Jordan, India, Iran, Turkey and Pakistan and she conducts research in Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Urdu as well as the major European languages.

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.