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Hussam Timani

Hussam Timani

Associate Professor

McMurran Hall 258
(757) 594-7931


  • Ph D in Islamic Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BA in Political Religion, University of California, Irvine


Islam, world religions.


Modern and classical Islamic thoughts.


Hussam S. Timani is associate professor of philosophy and religious studies and co-director of the Middle East and North Africa Studies Program at Christopher Newport University. He teaches courses on world religions and Islam. Dr. Timani earned his BA in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine, and his PhD in Islamic studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Modern Intellectual Readings of the Kharijites (2008) and Takfir in Islamic Thought (2017) and the co-editor of Strangers in this World: Multireligious Reflections on Immigration (2015). He has also authored more than 15 book chapters and journal/encyclopedic articles on classical and modern Islamic religious thought, comparative theology, and interfaith studies. Dr. Timani is a frequent speaker on Islam and interfaith dialogue and leads community seminars on scriptural reasoning. He is a recipient of of the 2017 National Association for the Advancement of the Colored People (NAACP) Award for leadership and service as interfaith guidepost in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the 2009 Rumi Forum Education Award for service, leadership, and dedication to the cause of dialogue, peace, tolerance, community service, and understanding.

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