Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in the History of Islam
Tamara Sonn is the Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in the History of Islam at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. With a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, she has published numerous books, including Interpreting Islam: Bandali Jawzi's Islamic Intellectual History (Oxford, 1996; winner of Choice Book of the Year award); Comparing Religions through Law: Judaism and Islam (with J. Neusner; Routledge 1999; named "One of the Best Books of the 1990s" by the Journal of Law and Religion), Islam: A Brief History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010; 3rd edition forthcoming 2014), and The Sage Handbook of Islamic Studies (with Akbar Ahmad, 2010). Her most recent books are The Religion Toolkit: A Complete Guide to Religious Studies and 50 Myths about Religions (with J. Morreall; Wiley-Blackwell, 2011 and 2014).
She has also published over 100 chapters and articles, and her works have been translated into Arabic, Bengali, Portuguese, and Russian. She has lectured in North America, Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, Fulbright, and the U.S. Department of State, among others.
She served as senior editor of the Oxford Dictionary of Islam (2003), and associate editor of Oxford's Encyclopedia The Islamic World Past and Present (2004). She is senior editor of Oxford Islamic Studies Online, and of Oxford's Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, as well as Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion. Sonn is also founding editor-in-chief of Oxford Bibliographies Online–Islamic Studies, and of Wiley-Blackwell's online journal of Religious Studies Religion Compass.
Islam, the Arab Spring, and the Struggle for Democracy in the 21st Century (with John L. Esposito and John O. Voll). Oxford University Press. Forthcoming 2014.
50 Myths About Religion (with John Morreall). Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.
The Religion Toolkit: A Complete Guide to Religious Studies (with John Morreall). Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
The SAGE Concise Handbook of Islam. Co-edited with Akbar Ahmed. Sage, 2010.
Islam: A Brief History. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Expanded and updated edition of A Brief History of Islam, Blackwell, 2004.
Studies in Contemporary Islam: Special Issue on Religious and Ethnic Minorities (co-edited with Mumtaz Ahmad and Mustansir Mir). Vol. 5, Nos. 1-2 (Spring and Fall 2003).
Comparing Religions through Law: Judaism and Islam (with Jacob Neusner. Routledge, 1999). (Voted “One of the Best Books of the 1990s" by the Journal of Law and Religion.)
Comparing Religions through Law: A Sourcebook for Judaism and Islam (with Jacob Neusner and Jonathan Brockopp). Routledge, 2000.
Interpreting Islam: Bandali Jawzi's Islamic Intellectual History. Oxford University Press,1996. (Choice “Book of the Year” award.)
Islam and the Question of Minorities, Editor. Scholars Press, 1996.
Between Qur'an and Crown: The Challenge of Political Legitimacy in the Arab World. Westview Press, 1990.
The State and Islam: The Challenge of Political Legitimacy in the Muslim World (Lahore, Pakistan: Pak Book Corporation, 1991). South Asia edition of Between Qur'an and Crown.
Areas of Expertise: Islamic intellectual history, Islam and interfaith relations, Islamic political thought, women and Islam.