Alexander Hayes speaks with Prof. Martin Nguyen from Fairfield University on his scholarship and his recent book, Modern Muslim Theology: Engaging God and the World with Faith and Imagination (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018).
Martin Nguyen is Associate Professor, Chair of Religious Studies, Faculty Chair for Inclusive Excellence, and Director of Islamic Studies at Fairfield University. His work revolves around Islamic theology and ethics, the Qur’an and its interpretation, Sufism, and the intersection of race and religion. His latest book Modern Muslim Theology: Engaging God and the World with Faith and Imagination (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) presents a contemporary theology rooted in the practice of the religious imagination. He is also the author of Sufi Master and Qur’an Scholar: Abū’l-Qāsim al-Qushayrī and the Laṭāʾif al-ishārāt (Oxford, 2012), which explores the confluence of Sufism, theology, and Qur’anic hermeneutics in the life and works of an eleventh-century mystic and scholar. He also serves on the boards of the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics and the Wabash Center journal Teaching Theology and Religion.