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Natana J. DeLong-Bas

theology department

Natana J. DeLong-Bas

Assistant Professor of the Practice

N447 Stokes, Theology Department
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Tel: (617) 552-3322 (Office)
Fax: (617) 552-0794 (Office)

Curriculum Vitae

Natana J. DeLong-Bas’ research interests include modern and contemporary Islamic thought and practice (18th century through the present with special attention to Wahhabism, Salafism, and Jihadism); Islamic-Christian relations; Saudi Arabia and the Arabian Gulf countries; women and gender in the Islamic world; terrorism and extremism (Islam and Christianity); Islamic law; and religion and sustainability (Islam and Christianity). She is currently writing two book manuscripts, Jihad for Islam: The Struggle for the Future of Saudi Arabia (under contract with Oxford University Press) and Scholars, Stateswomen, Saints, and Seductresses: Restoring Women to Islamic History, and is ongoing Deputy Editor for Oxford Islamic Studies Online (, the world’s largest online database on Islam and the Islamic world (Oxford University Press).

DeLong-Bas currently teaches two sections of “The Religious Quest: Islam and Christianity” and “Women and Gender in Islam” at Boston College. She has also taught at Brandeis University in the Near East and Judaic Studies Department. She is an ongoing consultant to the media, the US and international governments, and the United Nations, and has worked as a consultant for the RAND Corporation. She serves on the Academic Council for the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, Board of Directors for the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, and the Advisory Board for the Journal of Islam and the Contemporary World for the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and is a Peer Reviewer for the Qatar National Research Fund.

Select Publications

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women, editor-in-chief. 2 vols. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Wahhabi Islam: From Revival and Reform to Global Jihad, rev. ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. (Named “1 of the 5 best books for understanding Islam” by the Wall Street Journal and translated into Russian and Arabic)

Notable Muslims: Muslim Builders of World Civilization and Culture, rev. ed. Oxford: OneWorld, 2008.

Women in Muslim Family Law, rev. ed., co-authored with John L. Esposito. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2001.