Lecturer in Religious Studies
Ryan Brizendine studies Islamic intellectual history, Sufism, Qurʼanic studies, and Hinduism and Islam in South Asia, with a strong interest in intersections between religion and literature. More specifically, his research focuses on post-classical Islamic philosophy and theology, the school of Ibn ʻArabi (d. 1240), literary-linguistic Qurʼanic exegesis, and religious poetics in classical Arabic, Persian, and Hindi-Urdu. He holds a BA in philosophy and English literature, an MA in Divinity from the University of Chicago, and is a PhD candidate in Islamic studies at Yale University. Ryan will be teaching RST 160: Introduction to Islamic Thought (Winter 2021) and RST 65 C: The Qur'an and its Interpretation and RST 165: Islam in Asia (Spring 2021).