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Dr. Amir Hussain is Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he teaches courses on world religions. His own particular speciality is the study of contemporary Muslim societies in North America. Although born in Pakistan, Amir immigrated to Canada with his family when he was four. His academic degrees (BSc, MA, PhD) are all from the University of Toronto where he received a number of awards, including the university's highest award for alumni service. Amir's PhD dissertation was on Muslim communities in Toronto.
He has a deep commitment to students, and holds the distinction of being the only male to serve as Dean of Women at University College, University of Toronto. Before coming to California in 1997, Amir taught courses in religious studies at several universities in Canada. He is active in academic groups such as the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion and the American Academy of Religion (where he is co-chair of the Contemporary Islam consultation, and serves on the steering committee of the Religion in South Asia section). He is on the editorial boards of two scholarly journals, Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life and Comparative Islamic Studies. Amir is also interested in areas such as religion and music, religion and literature, religion and film and religion and popular culture. In 2008, he was appointed as a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities.
Prior to his appointment at Loyola Marymount University, Amir taught at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) from 1997 to 2005. Amir won a number of awards at CSUN, both for his teaching and research. In 2001 he was selected for the outstanding faculty award by the National Center on Deafness. For the academic year 2003-04, he was selected as the Jerome Richfield Memorial Scholar. In 2008, Amir was chosen by vote of LMU students as the Professor of the Year. Amir's new book is an introduction to Islam for North Americans entitled Oil and Water: Two Faiths, One God (Kelowna: CopperHouse, an imprint of Wood Lake Publishing, 2006). He is currently working on a scholarly book on Islam in Canada entitled Canadian Faces of Islam; and a textbook entitled Muslims: Islam in the West in the 21st Century."
I have wanted to read this book for years. It lays out a very intimate view of Islam for Christians and non-Christians/non-Muslims, alike. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Claire Elisabeth Elliott
This book details the diversity of those who practice the Muslim faith. But does not discuss what those Muslims, who he claims believe in peaceful coexistence with people of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert Olson
Very good at explaining the difference between the two religions, very informative.Published 11 months ago by Janet L. Stutsman
Very good comparisons between, esp., Islam and Christianity. Very well balanced and not an apologetic for anyone. I feel that is rare for books from either side. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Richard Young
This book is interesting and informative on Islam, however as a Christian I found some of the author's theories to be completely wrong. Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by Ciera