is the Helal, Hisham and Laila Edris El-Swedey University Chair in Islamic Studies at Xavier University, where he teaches course on comparative religion, Islamic religion and science. His research focuses on the intersection of religion, science, and Islamic economics. He has authored numerous publications, including “Islamic Environmental Economics and the Three Dimensions of Islam” in his co-edited volume Muslim and Christian Understanding: Theory and Application of A Common Word (Palgrave, 2010), “Hindu and Islamic Economics: On the Need for a New Economic Paradigm” (The Muslim World, April 2017)
, and “Economic Justice in the Quran” (Routledge Encyclopedia of the Quran
, forthcoming). His recent work includes a book sponsored by a UNESCO-based organization, the Aladdin Project. The book will be the main pedagogical tool in a program that seeks to familiarize theological students, be they rabbis, priests or imams, with the other two monotheist religions as described by prominent authorities in those religions. Dr. El-Ansary has written the section on Islam with contributions from H.E. Shaykh Ali Gomma, the former Grand Mufti of Egypt, and Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr. Dr. El-Ansary is a consultant to the former Grand Mufti and studied economics at George Washington University (BA 1986) and the University of Maryland (MA 1998) and religious and Islamic studies at George Washington University (MPhil 2005; PhD 2006).