Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Assistant Professor (2013)
Elliott Bazzano's teaching and research focus on Islamic studies and the comparative study of religion. His dissertation explores the Qur'anic hermeneutics of medieval Islamic scholar Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328) while also drawing connections to contemporary approaches to the Qur'an in the academic study of religion. Bazzano's current projects include a comparative study on mystical and non-mystical interpretations of Pharaoh story in the Qur'an, and also a study of insider/outsider issues in contemporary Qur'anic studies. Through numerous grants and fellowships, Bazzano has studied Arabic in Egypt, Syria, Yemen, and Morocco. He also serves on the Steering Committee for the Study of Islam Section of the American Academy of Religion. His publications include "Research Methods and Problems," in The Bloomsbury Companion to Islamic Studies, a forthcoming article on "Ibn Taymiyya" for Religion Compass, and numerous encyclopedia articles. His other research interests include Sufism in America, theory and methodology in the study of religion, pedagogy, and comparative mysticism. Bazzano offers courses on Islam, Cultivation of the Self, Understanding the Qur'an, Islamic Mysticism, and Islam in America. He hopes that students leave his courses with a better appreciation of how to read texts, view the media, think clearly, and communicate with other people about mundane as well as heated topics. (Click here for a link to his Curriculum Vitae.)
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