Ohio University

Loren Lybarger

Loren Lybarger, portrait
Associate Professor
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University of Chicago Divinity School, Ph.D., 2002; Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, M.A., 1995; American University in Cairo, Egypt, M.A., 1991; Earlham College, Richmond, IN, B.A., 1986


  • Islamic religion
  • Comparative Islamist movements
  • Comparative fundamentalisms
  • Religion and nationalism
  • Palestinian society and politics
  • Middle Eastern Christianity
  • Sociology of religion (classical and contemporary theories; key analytical concepts)
  • Historical and ethnographic research methods

Courses Taught

  • CLWR 1810: Introduction to the Study of Religion
  • CLWR 3330/5330: Introduction to Islam
  • CLWR 3360: Theories or Religion
  • CLWR 3460: Religion and Violence
  • CLWR 3850J: Writing on Religion
  • CLWR 4330/5420: Political Islam
  • CLWR 4340/5430: Sufism: Mysticism and Asceticism in Islam
  • CLWR 4420: Religious Experience

Research and Publications