Amanullah De Sondy, Ph.D.
Amanullah De Sondy connects the study of religion to the key themes of gender, ethnicity, race, and pluralism. He has taught Islamic Studies at the University of Glasgow, where he earned his PhD; the University of Strathclyde; and the University of Stirling in Scotland. While at Glasgow, he was short-listed for the Teaching Excellence Award and was the lead researcher on "Philanthropy for Social Justice in British Muslim Societies," a project funded by the Ford Foundation. In 2009 he moved from his beloved Scotland to the USA, where he taught religious studies at Ithaca College before joining the University of Miami in 2010. He has studied Arabic and Islam in France, Jordan, and Syria and has particular interest in Urdu and Punjabi poetry, or ghazals. His first book, The Crisis of Islamic Masculinities, will be published with Bloomsbury Academic in the fall of 2013. A new book project will read the writings of the Mughal Muslim poet Mirza Ghalib through the Scottish bard and enlightenment figure Robert Burns, exploring themes of religious authority, rationality, logic, global masculinities, and the cultural divide. Professor De Sondy's regular courses include REL 171, Introduction to Islam; REL 103, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, REL 370, Modern Islam: Explorations in Film, Media, and Music; and REL 371, Islam and Gender: Constructions of Masculinities and Femininities and the Body. In his spare time, he has twice served as an umpire at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London and has run four Scottish half marathons.