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Mahmoud Mustafa Ayoub

Professor of Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion

Department of Religion

College of Liberal Arts

Temple University

Philadelphia, PA 19122-6090

Telephone: 215-204-5603
Fax: 215-204-2535
Email: mayoub@temple.edu

Mahmoud Mustafa Ayoub was born in South Lebanon. He received his education at the American University of Beirut (BA, Philosophy, 1964), theUniversity of Pennsylvania (M.A., Religious Thought, 1966), andHarvard University (Ph.D., History of Religions, 1975). Since 1988, he has been a Professor and Chair of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion, Temple University, Philadelphia, an Adjunct Professor at theDuncan Black Macdonald Center, Hartford Seminary,Connecticut, and a Research Fellow at theMiddle East Center, University of Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Wyncote, PA, since 1997. 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 atSan Diego State University, the University of Toronto, and McGill University.
Mahmoud Ayoub’s authority in both the scholarship and comparative study of Islam and Muslim-Christian relations as well as inter-religious dialogue is profoundly demonstrated by the national and international recognition he has received. Significantly, since 1999, Dr. Ayoub has been participating in the United States’ Department of State’s program, serving as one of its ambassadors to various parts of the Middle East, in commenting on American society and institutions, inter-religious dialogue and Islam in America.


Redemptive Suffering in Islam: A Study of the Devotional Aspects of 'Ashura in Twelver Shi'ism; The Hague: Mouton and Co, 1978, pp. 229. (Revised Ph.D. thesis)
The Qur’an and Its Interpreters
Dirasat fi al-‘Alaqat al-Masihiyyah al-Islamiyyah (Studies in Christian-Muslim Relations)
The Revealer, the Messenger, and the Message (A translation of al-Mursil wa-al-Rasul wa-al-

Risalah of Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr.Tehran: World Organization for Islamic Services, 1979, pp. 166
Islam in Faith and History
Crisis of Muslim History: Religion and Politics in Early Islam
Beacons of Light: Muhammad the Prophet and Fatima the Radiant. A partial translation of "I'lam al-Wara bi-A'lam al-Huda "by Abu 'Ali al-Fadlb. al-Hasan al-Tabarsi

In addition, his articles have appeared in books and journals, such as, 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. Acknowledged for his intellectual views and scholarly achievements, Dr. Ayoub has served and is still serving a number of advisory and editorial boards. Heis Editorial Consultant of The Muslim World Journal; Chief Editor of Qur’an Commentary al-Mizan of Muhammed Husayn Tabataba’i.

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