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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 22, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Meena Sharify-Funk

Associate Professor, Chair Religion and Culture Department

Contact Information
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Phone: ext.3966

Office Location: 2-119A Woods Bldg.

Academic Background

BA (Gustavus Adolphus College), MFA (University of Maryland), MA (American University), PhD (American University)


Research Interests:

  • Contemporary Islamic Thought and Identity
  • Social and Intellectual History of Pre-Modern Islam
  • Sufism/Islamic Mysticism
  • Religions of the West, Religions and Cultures of the Middle East
  • Sacred Space/Place, Inter-Religious Dialogue, Peace Studies
  • Women in the Islamic World

Additional Information
Dr. Sharify-Funk (Ph.D., American University, 2005) specializes in Islamic studies with a focus on contemporary Muslim thought and identity. She is particularly interested in modern Muslim engagement with classical debates in Islamic intellectual history as well as with recent developments in Western thought and culture. Her research interests include debates about the status of women in the Muslim world, transnational networking among Muslim activists, patterns of interpretation among North American Muslim thinkers, and Islamic mysticism’s impact on Muslim social values.

Dr. Sharify-Funk has written and presented a number of articles and papers on women and Islam, Islamic hermeneutics, and the role of cultural and religious factors in peacemaking. Her latest book, Encountering the Transnational: Women, Islam and the Politics of Interpretation, was on the impact of transnational networking on Muslim women’s identity, thought, and activism (2008). She has co-edited two books, Cultural Diversity and Islam (2003) and Contemporary Islam:  Dynamic, Not Static (2006). She has also coordinated three international conferences:  one at the Washington National Cathedral, entitled “Two Sacred Paths: Islam and Christianity, A Call for Understanding” (Fall 1998); one at American University in Washington, DC, entitled “Cultural Diversity and Islam” (Fall 1998); and another at the Library of Alexandria in Egypt, entitled “Contemporary Islamic Synthesis” (Fall 2003).