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Matthew J. Kuiper

Assistant Professor
Missouri State University

Matthew J. Kuiper is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Missouri State University. He writes and teaches on classical and modern Islam, inter-religious relations, and the history of the Indian subcontinent.

Biography

Matthew Kuiper's scholarship is focused on classical and modern Islam, the Qur'an, inter-religious relations, and the history of the Indian subcontinent. He has spent many years living and working in South Asia, and has travelled extensively throughout the Muslim world. He is fascinated by the ways religions interact and shape one another, along with the ways they respond to the changes and challenges of modernity.  At present, Kuiper is an assistant professor in Islamic Studies at Missouri State University. In his teaching and research, he wants help others gain a deeper understanding of the powerful role religion, Islam in particular, has played in human societies throughout history.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Islamic Studies, the Qur'an, South Asian history, Inter-religious relations

Personal Interests

    Spending time with family, travelling

Websites

Books

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Articles

Oxford Bibliographies in Islamic Studies

Daʿwa


Published: Jun 27, 2018 by Oxford Bibliographies in Islamic Studies
Authors: Matthew J. Kuiper
Subjects: History, Religion, Middle East Studies, Area Studies, Asian Studies

Introduction to da'wa and comprehensive annotated bibliography of scholarly works on da'wa. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195390155/obo-9780195390155-0252.xml

Oxford Bibliographies in Islamic Studies

Tablighi Jamaʿat


Published: Feb 22, 2018 by Oxford Bibliographies in Islamic Studies
Authors: Matthew J. Kuiper
Subjects: History, Religion, Middle East Studies, Area Studies, Asian Studies

Introduction to one of the world's largest da'wa/tabligh movements, with extensive annotated bibliography on scholarly work on the TJ.

Open Magazine

Zakir Naik: A Different Kind of Jihadist


Published: Jul 07, 2017 by Open Magazine
Authors: Matthew J. Kuiper

Commentary on controversies surrounding Muslim televangelist Dr. Zakir Naik in a major Indian news magazine. Based on my research into Naik and the "Naik phenomenon."

The Muslim World

Roots and Achievements of the Early Proto-Sunni Movement: Profile and Interpreta


Published: Apr 01, 2014 by The Muslim World
Authors: Matthew J. Kuiper

In recent years, the term “proto-Sunni” has become common in scholarship on early Islam. Drawing on categories developed by Peter Berger, this study seeks to move toward a more inclusive portrait of the early proto-Sunni movement and a more organic understanding of the movement’s success.

Indian Church History Review

Pentecostalism in India: A Review of Recent Literature and Historiographical Sug


Published: Dec 01, 2013 by Indian Church History Review
Authors: Matthew J. Kuiper

Pentecostal churches and movements, which comprise a “fourth wave” of Christianity in India, have begun to attract more attention. This article reviews three of the most recent book-length studies on Pentecostalism in India (by Thomas, Bergunder, and Lukose), bringing them into conversation with one another and with wider literature on global Pentecostalism. Several historiographical and methodological issues that are pertinent to the study of Pentecostalism in India are also highlighted.

News

Da'wa and Other Religions Published in Paperback

By: Matthew J. Kuiper
Subjects: Area Studies, History, Philosophy and Religion, Religion

Routledge has published Matthew J. Kuiper's Da'wa and Other Religions in paperback. After a successful run of the hardback, which was published in late 2017, the book is now available in paperback at a much more affordable price. According to Gabriel Reynolds, "Matthew Kuiper’s Da`wa and Other Religions is a groundbreaking study of how Islamic apologetics has developed from its origin through the contemporary period. Kuiper illustrates the scriptural origins for da`wa and also analyzes recent movements in South Asia – including that of the Tablighi Jama’at and Zakir Naik. His work, which is a model of rigorous scholarship, makes connections with Christian missions but also emphasizes all that is distinctive in Islamic da'wa." Matthew J. Kuiper is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Missouri State University. His research and teaching interests include classical and modern Islam, inter-religious relations, and the history of the Indian subcontinent.

Kuiper publishes commentary on Naik in Open Magazine

By: Matthew J. Kuiper

See http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/comment/zakir-naik-a-different-kind-of-jihadist

Kuiper wins Notre Dame Shaheen Award for Outstanding PhD Graduate in Humanities

By: Matthew J. Kuiper

From: http://graduateschool.nd.edu/news/graduate-school-to-hold-its-2017-commencement-ceremony/

See also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XjL1zZcfMQ

Matthew Kuiper, Theology, is the recipient in the humanities and is a scholar of contemporary da’wa, Islamic teaching or mission. Matthew’s first book, titled Da’wa and Other Religions: Indian Muslims and the Modern Resurgence of Global Islamic Activism, will be published by Routledge in 2018. Matthew excelled as an instructor of record, teaching two sections of a course of his own devising on inter-religious encounter and dialogue. In fall 2018, he will take up a tenure-track position at Missouri State University in its Religious Studies Department, as the specialist on Islam.