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Alfons H. Teipen
506 Bennett Street Tel:(864) 421-0295
Greenville, SC 29613 alfons.teipen@furman.edu
Education:

Graduate Studies:

09/89 - 05/97 PhD, Department of Religion, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA;


Title of Dissertation: Women in the Sira of Ibn Ishaq.
Undergraduate Studies:

10/86 - 06/89: Department of Catholic Theology, Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen, F. R. Germany.

Vordiplom (BA) completed in 06/89.

10/85 - 06/86: Department of Mathematics, Albert-Ludwigs Universität, Freiburg, F. R. Germany.


 Abitur: (German high-school diploma)

09/81 - 05/83: Albertus-Magnus Gymnasium, Friesoythe, F. R. Germany.

Mathematics and Visual Arts major.
Languages: Fluency in German and English (TOEFL 10/91, 637); reading competency in Latin (degrees 05/83 & 07/88), Koine Greek (exam 07/87), Hebrew (exam 02/88) and Arabic (exam 05/94; Arabic Intensive Summer Program, Jubayl, Lebanon, 1999) Basic reading knowledge in Dutch.
Areas of Teaching Competency:

primary: Islam, Women in Islam, World Religions, Introduction to Religion

Muslim - Christian Relations.
secondary: Abrahamic Religions, Religion and Gender, Biblical Studies, Western Civilization.
Professional Experience:

2003-present: Associate Professor, Department of Religion, Furman University, Greenville, SC., teaching "Introduction to Religion," "Islam," "Religions of the World," "Women in Islam," “Relations Between the Abrahamic Traditions in Historical Perspective,” (Travel Study Course to Turkey, Greece, and Italy) and "Religious Attitudes toward Outsiders (Senior Seminar)."


1998-2002: Project Affiliate, Harvard Pluralism Project, "Mapping the Religious Landscape of South Carolina."
1997-2003: Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Furman University, Greenville, SC.
summer 1996 Adjunct Instructor, Department of Religion, Rutgers University, Campus at Camden, NJ., teaching "Introduction to Religion."
1992-96: Teaching Assistant, Department of Religion, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA., teaching "Introduction to Western Religious Traditions," "Introduction to World Religions," "Women in Religion and Society" and assisting in "Intellectual Heritage 51,"; since 01/94 integration of electronic discussion in the classroom.
1992-94: Instructor (volunteer work), "German Translation Exercises."
09/90-05/92: Instructor, "Introductory Algebra and Introductory Arithmetic," Department of Mathematics, Temple University.

Publications:
2004 "Umayyads," in: Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, Richard C. Martin, ed. New York: MacMillan, 2004
“Isma’il (Ishmael),” and “Salman al-Farisi” in:

Holy People of the World. A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia, 3 Vols., Phyllis G. Jestice, ed. Santa Barbara: ABC Clio, 2004.


2003 "Internet and E-mail in Religion: Some Reflections," in:

Engines of Inquiry. A Practical Guide for Using Technology to Teach American Culture. Crossroads Project, Georgetown University, 2003.
2002 "The Word of God: What can Christians learn from Muslim Attitudes toward the Qur'an," Journal of Ecumenical Studies (38:2-3), 286-296.
"Jahilite and Muslim Women: Questions of Continuity and Communal Identity," Muslim World (92:3-4), 437-59.
"Muhammad," "'Ali ibn Abi Talib," "al-Ma'mun, " "Malik b. Anas," and "Harun al-Rashid" in: The Rise of the Medieval World, 500-1300. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publ., (2002).
2000 "Islam and the question of modernity. A brief observation on Encyclopedia Britannica's understanding of science," Islamic Studies (2000:4, 681-84)
1994 "Electronic Mail as a Tool for Interreligious Dialogue," Journal of Ecumenical Studies (31:3-4).
(1996) "Electronic Mail as a Tool for Interreligious Dialogue," reprinted in: So What Can I do With It?. A Practical Guide for Using Technology to Teach American Culture. Randy Bass, Jeff Finlay, and Lynn Weiss, eds. Washington, DC: American Studies Crossroads Project, Georgetown University, October 1996.
1993 - present Altogether more than twenty five Reviews and Book Notes in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Islamic Studies Journal, Journal of the American Academy of Religion Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, Periodica Islamica, and in the Religious Studies Review. See list attached.
1992 Co-translation of: Leonard Swidler, Die Zukunft der Theologie (Regensburg: Verlag Friedrich Pustet, 1992)
 

Submitted for Publication:
"Critique of the Impact of the Emergence on Islam on Women, 500-800 C.E." in:

Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Suad Joseph, Julie Peteet, Afsaneh Najmabadi, Seteney Shami, Jacqueline Siapno, and Jane I. Smith eds. Leiden: Brill Publ., 2005-7 (?)


Other Writings:
2001 "Ramadan means more to Muslims than Fasting." Op-Ed piece published in the Greenville News, November 15th, 2001.
Honors and Grants:
2004: Spring ACS Technology Fellow, “Introduction to Islam: "Lecture - Documentaries" on DVD for Inter Institutional Collaboration

2003-4: Various Furman grants for travel, conferences and research in Lebanon, Syria, Germany and Spain.



1999: Summer Travel Grant, Research and Professional Growth Committee, Furman University.
Furman - Wofford Mellon Grant, Redesigning Website for my course: "Religions of the World"

1998: Grant funding materials for Research in early Hadith and Qur'an, Research and Professional Growth Committee, Furman University

1996-7 Dissertation Completion Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

1994-96 Training Grants, Department of Religion, Temple University.

1994&95 Certificates of Merit in Teaching, College of Arts and Sciences, Temple University.

1992-94 Teaching Assistant, Department of Religion, Temple University.

1990-92 Training Grants, Department of Religion, Temple University.

1989-90 Academic Exchange-program, University of Tübingen, Germany, and Temple University.


 

Papers / Presentations:

2005 “Taxonomies in Narrations about the Battle of Uhud and Their Role in Sira-Maghazi Literature,” paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Academy of Religion, Philadelphia, PA. 11/20/2005

“Muhammad’s childhood and Muhammad’s children: A study in the Sunnah of Muhammad regarding childhood issues,” paper presented at Childhoods 2005, a global, interdisciplinary conference at the University of Oslo, Norway, 6/29/2005.


  1. “Children in Islam,“ paper presented at the Study Group meeting “ The Theology of Childhood, Children’s Rights, and Social Justice, Clemson University, Clemson, SC. 11/29/2004.

“The Al-Musharaka Collaborative,” presentation with Dr. Douglas Davis, Benjamin R. Collins Professor of Social Science, Haverford College, PA at the second national conference of The National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education, Hickory Ridge, IL. 11/8/2004

2003 "Unseemly Women in Sacred Biographical Literatures: A Comparison between Early Christian Texts and Early Muslim Narratives about Muhammad," paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, GA. 11/23/2003

“'Gemeinsam beten oder nicht' - Bemerkungen zur Stellungnahme der EKD zum interreligioesen Dialog bzw. Trialog." paper presented at the DAVO Kongress,

Hamburg, Germany, 11/20/2003. .

2002 "Studying gender in the Sira of Ibn Ishaq: utilizing approaches from Biblical Studies," paper presented at the First World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), Mainz, Germany, 9/11/2002.

2001 "The Other Brother: Overcoming barriers between Islam and Christianity," seminar / workshop presented at the thirteenth annual Peace Prize Forum on March 9-10, 2001 at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

2000 "The Word of God: Some Observations on Muslim Attitudes Toward the Qur'an," paper presented at the annual colloquium of the Department of Religion, Furman University, Greenville, SC, April 13th, 2000.

1998 "Women and Doom: Gender in early Islamic discourse on End-times," paper presented at the annual conference of the Center for Millennial Studies, Boston, Dec. 6, 1998

"Early Muslim attitudes toward knowledge," paper presented at the bi-annual conference of the International Society for Classical Tradition, Tuebingen, Germany, July 31, 1998.

1996 "Women in the Sira of Ibn Ishaq and their role in the Construction of Communal Identity," paper presented at the AAR, New Orleans, Nov. 24, 1996
 


Volunteer Experiences:

2005 Men’s Club at St. James Episcopal Church, “Islam and the war in Iraq,” (2 evenings)

2004 7225 Medical Support Unit, Army Reserve, “Islam past and present,” 12/5/04

Fall 2003 “Introduction to Islam,” Women’s Circle at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, 9/11/03

“Islam in History, Thought, and Practice," two day seminar in Furman's Teachers as Scholars Program (A National Development Program for Teachers)

Spring 2003 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Greenville: "Basics of Islam," Adult education evening course (2 evenings)

St. Matthews Methodist Church, Greenville: “Introduction to Islam,” 3/23/03

Fall 2002 Lecture at Temple of Israel, Greenville: "Understanding Islam." Furman at Cliffs of Glassy: "Jerusalem in the three Abrahamic Traditions."


"Understanding Islam," two day seminar in Furman's Teachers as Scholars Program (A National Development Program for Teachers)

Summer 02: Furman University. Lecture / Sensitivity training for Library Staff and Faculty on Islam.

Spring 2002: First Baptist, Greenwood, "Introduction to Islam," Adult Study Course, (3 Evenings)


Furman at Cliffs of Glassy: "Islam, Osama bin Ladin, and 9/11"


Furman University, "What In the World" Lecture Lunch Series: "Islam and 9/11."


First Baptist, Greenville, Living and Learning Lecture Series, "Basics of Islam," Adult Study Course, (3 Evenings)

Fall 2001: Paris Mountainview Baptist Church, Greenville: "How to Better Understand Islam," Adult Evening education course (3 evenings)

First Baptist, Greenville, "Basics of Islam," Adult education course (2 Sundays)


Greenville Faith Communities United, lecture on Islam and Osama bin Ladin, as part of 3 evening lecture series at Greenville Tech on the events of 9/11.


Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Greenville: "Reading Sacred Texts of Islam: Muslims and the People of the Book." (Lecture / sermon)

Fall 2000 "Muhammad the Antichrist? A critical analysis of medieval polemics" Lecture presented at the Ecumenical Student Partnership, Furman University, 10/16/2000.

Spring 2000 FULIR (Furman University Learning in Retirement): Basics of Islam, Adult education day course (10 weeks)


"Jesus in Islam." Lecture presented at the Ecumenical Student Partnership, Furman University, 3/27/2000.

Fall 1999 Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Greenville: "Introduction to Islam," Adult education evening course (3 weeks)

Spring 1998 First Baptist, Greenville: "Islam and the Crusades," Adult education course, (3 of 5 weeks), taught w. Dr. David Spear, History, Furman University.


Furman University, Newman Club: "Early Christianity," evening course (4 weeks)

Fall 1996 St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Germantown / Philadelphia, teaching "Women in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity" in the Adult Education Program.

Book reviews:

Eva Baer, The Human Figure in Islamic Art. Inheritances and Islamic Transformations. Costa Mesa: Mazda Publishers, 2004 (TBA)

Ibn Warraq, ed., The Quest for the Historical Muhammad. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2000. Hardcover. 554 p.

Journal of Ecumenical Studies 40.3 (Summer 2003) 328-9

John V. Tolan, Saracens. Islam in the medieval European Imagination. New York: Columbia University Press, 2002. Paperback, xxiii and 372. NP

Journal of Ecumenical Studies (TBA)

Andreas Gruenschloss, Der eigene und der fremde Glaube: Studien zur interreligioesen Fremdwahrnehmung in Islam, Hinduismus, Buddhismus und Christentum.

Journal of Ecumenical Studies 39:3-4 (Summer - Fall 2002), 381f.

Islam and Christianity. Mutual Perceptions Since the Mid-20th Century. Jacques Waardenburg, ed. Leuven, Peeters, 1998.
Ismail al-Faruqi. Islam and Other Faiths. Edited by Ataullah Siddiqui. Leicester, UK, The Islamic Foundation, 1998.
HRH El Hassan bin Talal. Christianity in the Arab World. New York, Continuum, 1998.

Journal of Ecumenical Studies 38:2-3 (2001), 357 - 359.

Ram Adhar Mall. Der Hinduismus. Seine Stellung in der Vielfalt der Religionen. Darmstadt: Primus Verlag, 1997.



Journal of Ecumenical Studies 38:1 (2001), 116f.

John Renard, Windows on the House of Islam. Muslim Sources on Spirituality and Religious Life. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.



Journal of Ecumenical Studies 38:1 (2001), 115.

Nissim Rejwan. The Many Faces of Islam. Perspectives on a Resurgent Civilization. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2000.



Islamic Studies Journal 41:1 (2002), 134-6.

Remi Hess and Christoph Wulfs, eds. Grenzgänge. Über den Umgang mit dem Eigenen und dem Fremden. Europäische Bibliothek interkultureller Studien. Frankfurt and New York: Campus Verlag, 1999.



Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line Journal], 2.3 (September 2001).
Available at: http://qualitative-research.net/fqs/fqs-eng.htm (English Version)
http://qualitative-research.net/fqs/fqs.htm (German Version)

Wolf-Rüdiger Schmidt, Hannah Rheinz, and Renate Beyer. Geliebte und andere Tiere im Judentum, Christentum und Islam. Vom Elend der Kreatur in unserer Zivilisation. Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 1996.



Journal of Ecumenical Studies 37:2 (2000), 282-3.

Richard C. Martin and Mark R. Woodward. Defenders of Reason in Islam. Mu'tazilism from Medieval School to Modern Symbol. Oxford: Oneworld Publ., 1997.



Journal of the American Academy of Religion 67:2 (1999), 490-3.

Annemarie Schimmel. Jesus und Maria in der islamischen Mystik. Munich: Kösel Verlag, 1996.



Journal of Ecumenical Studies 35:3-4 (1998), 514.

Pieter van Kampen. Liefde tot de leegte: Een christelijke visie op het Boeddhisme. Zoetermeer, Netherlands: Boekencentrum, 1995.



Journal of Ecumenical Studies 35:2 (1998), 306f.

Jabal Muhammad Buaben. Image of the Prophet Muhammad in the West: A Study of Muir, Margoliouth, and Watt. Leicester, UK: Islamic Foundation, 1996.



Journal of Ecumenical Studies 35:1 (1998) 129.

Reinhard Leuze. Christentum und Islam. Tübingen: J. C. B. Mohr Verlag, 1994.



Journal of Ecumenical Studies 33:2 (1996), 259-60.

Jaques Waardenburg. Islamisch-Christliche Beziehungen: Geschichliche Streifzüge. (Religionswissenschaftliche Studien, 23) Würzburg: Echter Verlag, 1992.



Journal of Ecumenical Studies 32:1 (1995), 145-50.

Annemarie Schimmel. Gewänder Gottes. Tübingen: J. C. B. Mohr Verl., 1993.



Journal of Ecumenical Studies 32:1 (1995), 146.

Anne Jensen. Gottes selbstbewusste Töchter: Frauenemanzipation im frühen Christentum? Freiburg: Herder Verlag, 1992.



Journal of Ecumenical Studies 31:3-4 (1995), 380-1.

Freiheit der Religion: Christentum und Islam unter dem Anspruch der Menschenrechte.



Journal of Ecumenical Studies 31:3-4 (1994), 400-1.

Ahmad Shafaat. Islam, Christianity, and the State of Israel As Fulfillment of Old Testament Prophecy. Indianapolis: American Trust Publ., 1989.



Journal of Ecumenical Studies 30:2 (1993), 294-5.

Shalom Ben-Chorin. Von Antlitz zu Antlitz: Beiträge zum Gespräch zwischen Judentum und Christentum. Berlin: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 1989.



Journal of Ecumenical Studies 30:1 (1993), 133.
 

Book Notes:

ISLAM AND CULTURE. By Vincenzo Poggi, S. J. And Patrick J. Ryan, S.J. Inculturation: Working Papers on Living Faith and Cultures, VI. Rome, Italy: Centre "Cultures and Religions"- Pontifical Gregorian University, 1984.

Religious Studies Review 26:4 (2000), 397.

COMMON PRAYER: A MUSLIM - CHRISTIAN SPIRITUAL ANTHOLOGY. Edited by Kenneth Cragg. Oxford, England: Oneworld Publications, 1999.

Religious Studies Review 26:4 (2000), 399.

IDENTITY AND CIVILIZATION: ESSAYS ON JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM. By Mordechai Nisan. Lanham, New York, and Oxford: University Press of America, Inc. 1999.

Religious Studies Review 26:4 (2000), 399.

MUHAMMAD AND THE CHRISTIAN: A QUESTION OF RESPONSE. By Kenneth Cragg. Oxford, England: Oneworld Publications, 1999.

Religious Studies Review 27:1 (2001), 85.

JESUS AND THE MUSLIM. AN EXPLORATION. By Kenneth Cragg. Oxford, England: Oneworld Publications, 1999.

Religious Studies Review 27:1 (2001), 85.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND THE POSITION OF ISLAM IN WESTERN EUROPE. OPPORTUNITIES AND OBSTACLES IN THE ACQUISITION OF EQUAL RIGHTS. W. A. R. Shahid and P. S. Van Koningsveld.. Kampen: Kok Pharos Publishing House, 1995.

Religious Studies Review 27:1 (2001), 86.

MUSLIMS IN THE MARGIN. POLITICAL RESPONSES TO THE PRESENCE OF ISLAM IN WESTERN EUROPE. W. A. R. Shahid and P. S. Van Koningsveld, eds.. Kampen: Kok Pharos Publishing House, 1996.

Religious Studies Review 27:1 (2001), 86.

WESTERN REPRESENTATIONS OF THE MUSLIM WOMAN: FROM TERMAGENT TO ODALISQUE. By Mohja Kahf. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1999.

Religious Studies Review 27:3 (2001), 309.

Not yet published:

MAX WEBER & ISLAM. Edited by Toby E. Huff and Wolfgang Schluchter. New Brunswick and London: Transaction Publishers, 1999.
 
 



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