Project Description

Executive Director, MERIT

Adjunct Faculty at Bayan Claremont


Joseph Lumbard, assistant professor of classical Islam, researches Islamic intellectual traditions with an emphasis on Sufism and Islamic philosophy. He is the editor of “Islam, Fundamentalism, and the Betrayal of Tradition” (World Wisdom, 2004), a collection of essays that examines the religious, political and historical factors that have led to the rise of Islamic fundamentalism.

Lumbard teaches in the Dept. of Arabic Studies and Translation at the University of Sharjah, and is currently researching the development of Sufi theories of love in the early Islamic period and their influence on the Persian Sufi tradition.

He completed his Ph.D. at Yale University in 2003.