|Professor of Theological Studies
Department of Theological Studies
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, Suite 3700
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659, USA
Ph. D., University of Toronto, 2001
M. A., University of Toronto, 1990
B. Sc., University of Toronto, 1987
Areas of Research
Dr. Hussain teaches and publishes about Islam and Muslim lives. His research focuses on Muslim communities in North America. He also teaches about comparative religion and interfaith dialogue. For 2011 to 2015, he is the editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the premier scholarly journal for the study of religion.
- Religions of the World
- Muslim/Jewish Theology
- Islam in the Modern World
- Comparative Theology
- Islam and Interreligious Dialogue
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 specialty is the study of Islam, focusing on contemporary Muslim societies in North America. Although born in Pakistan, Amir came 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. For 2011 to 2015, Amir is the editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the premier scholarly journal for the study of religion.
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. He is on the editorial boards of four scholarly journals, the Journal of Religion, Conflict and Peace; Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life; the Ethiopian Journal of Religious Studies; 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 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 both 2008 and 2009, Amir was chosen by vote of LMU students as the Professor of the Year. He is the co-editor for the fourth editions of World Religions: Western Traditions, and World Religions: Eastern Traditions, textbooks published in 2014 by Oxford University Press. He is also the co-editor for the third edition of A Concise Introduction to World Religions, published by OUP in 2015. Prior to those books, he wrote an introduction to Islam for North Americans entitled Oil and Water: Two Faiths, One God (Kelowna: Copper House, 2006). In addition to these books, he has published over 50 book chapters and scholarly articles about religion.
Willard G. Oxtoby, Roy C. Amore, Amir Hussain and Alan F. Segal, Editors, A Concise Introduction to World Religions, third edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
Willard G. Oxtoby, Amir Hussain and Roy C. Amore, Editors, World Religions: Western Traditions, fourth edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
Willard G. Oxtoby, Roy C. Amore and Amir Hussain, Editors, World Religions: Eastern Traditions, fourth edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
“Muslims and Sexual Diversity in North America”, Momin Rahman and Amir Hussain, a chapter in David Rayside and Clyde Wilcox, Editors, Faith, Politics, and Sexual Diversity in Canada and the United States. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, pp. 255-274.
“Images of Muhammad in literature, art, and music”, a chapter in Jonathan E. Brockopp, Editor, The Cambridge Companion to Muhammad. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 274-292
“(Re)presenting: Muslims on North American Television”, an article in Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life, Vol. 4, No. 1, April, pp. 55-75.
“Islam”, a chapter in John Lyden, Editor, The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film. London: Routledge, pp. 131-140.
“‘The Fire Next Time’: Sleeper Cell and Muslims on Television Post 9/11”, a chapter in Diane Winston, Editor, Small Screen / Big Picture: Television and Lived Religion. Waco: Baylor University Press, pp. 153-170.
“The Diaspora in the West”, a chapter in Andrew Rippin, Editor, The Islamic World. London: Routledge, pp. 131-142.
"‘Listen to the Dark’: Death and Dying in Music, Film and Literature", a chapter in Christopher M. Moreman, Editor, Teaching Death and Dying. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 213-226.
“Film and the Introduction to Islam Course”, a chapter in Gregory J. Watkins, Editor, Teaching Religion and Film. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 141-153.
“Thoughts on being a scholar of Islam and a Muslim in America post-9/11”, a chapter in Bryan Rennie and Philip L. Tite, Editors, Religion, Terror and Violence: Religious Studies Perspectives. New York: Routledge, pp. 227-242.
Oil and Water: Two Faiths, One God. Kelowna, BC: Wood Lake Books.
“Every year is World Hunger Year until we end world hunger”
Professor Hussain is a Fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities.
Professor Hussain is the Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.