A Discussion with Todd Lawson, April 10

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Robert Stockman and Omid Ghaemmaghami will have a conversation with Todd Lawson about his intellectual and scholarly journey, how he become interested in academic study of religion, his Master’s thesis about the crucifixion of Jesus in Quranic exegesis, his Ph.D. dissertation about the Qayyúmu’l-Asmá’, and his scholarship on different subjects since then, especially his love of Islam and the Qur’an.

Todd Lawson is Professor Emeritus of Islamic Thought, University of Toronto. He has been a Bahá’í since 1968 and has been a member, since 1975, of the Association for Bahá’í Studies, which awarded him the distinguished book award for his study of the Qayyúmu’l-Asmá’, Gnostic Apocalypse in Islam (Routledge 2012) Todd has published numerous articles and books on the relationship between the Bahá’í Faith and Islam, Qur’an Commentary, Sufism, and Shi’ism. He edited a special edition of the Journal of Religious History about the Bahá’í Faith in 2012, the first time a premiere academic English-language journal dedicated an entire issue on the Faith. He lives in Montreal with his wife, daughter and grandchildren. His website is toddlawson.ca, where one can find his c.v. and list of publications.

Omid Ghaemmaghami is Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Binghamton University, the State University of New York (SUNY). His research interests includes themes and topics in Islamic intellectual history and the history and literature of the Bábí and Bahá’í religions. His most recent publication is a special issue of Hawwa: Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World (Brill Academic Publishers) dedicated to Ṭáhirih. Find the issue at https://brill.ws/hawwa-21-4. He is now in the final stages of co-authoring Exploring the Kitáb-i-Aqdas: The Laws and Teachings of the Bahá’í Faith (contracted with I.B. Tauris). He obtained his PhD in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies in 2013 from the University of Toronto, where Todd Lawson was his advisor.


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