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Frederick Mathewson Denny

Frederick Mathewson Denny is Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies and the History of Religions at the University of Colorado at Boulder. An alumnus of the College of William and Mary and Andover Newton Theological School, he holds the M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has previously held teaching appointments at Yale College and the University of Virginia. He has conducted field research on Qur’anic recitation, Muslim popular ritual, and the characteristics of contemporary Muslim societies in Egypt, Indonesia, and Malaysia. His current research interests include Muslim human rights discourses, as well as Islamic law and Muslim practices relating to contemporary water stewardship. He has served on the editorial boards of the journals Teaching Theology and Religion, The Muslim World, Studies in Contemporary Islam, The Journal of Islamic Law and Culture and the Journal of Ritual Studies. In addition to many scholarly articles and book chapters on Islam-related topics, his major publications include a widely utilized college level textbook, An Introduction to Islam (3rd ed. Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005) and several edited volumes. He is founding editor, since 1985, of the scholarly book series “Studies in Comparative Religion” at the University of South Carolina Press with more than fifty titles to date. He was lead editor for the second edition of Atlas of the World’s Religions (Oxford University Press, 2007), succeeding the late Ninian Smart, who edited the first edition (1999). Denny served for eleven years on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Religion.

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