University of Houston
613 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3006
Assistant Professor of Arabic Language and Literature
Director, Arabic Program
618 Agnes Arnold Hall
Dr. Emran El-Badawi joined the department of Modern and Classical Languages in fall of 2011. Prior to becoming a member of the faculty at the University of Houston, Emran completed his PhD with distinction in 2011 from the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He took an MA in Religion from Temple University in 2005 and a BA in Religion as well as Computer Science from Rutgers University in 2003. He has also studied in the Middle East and South East Asia.
TEACHING AND SERVICE
Emran teaches courses on Arabic language, literature, Islamic Studies and Middle Eastern History. He has also developed the Arab Studies Minor. Emran also serves as Co-Director of the International Qur'anic Studies Association (http://iqsaweb.org).
Emran areas of research are Qur’anic Studies and Arab intellectual history. His current research projects explore intellectual history in the contemporary as well as pre-modern Arab world. One of his projects is concerned with Enlightenment and Islamic Modernism in the Arab world, which is a study of new trends in religious, social and political discourse in Arabic speaking countries.
Trends in Arab Thought ca. 1979-2011 (in progress)
The Qur’an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions. New York; London: Routledge Press, 2013.
“Islamic Humanism,” Muhammad in History, Thought, and Culture: An Encyclopedia of the Prophet of God. 2 vols. Ed. Fitzpatrick, C. and A. Walker, A. ABC-CLIO (in progress).
“Tariq al-Suweidan,” The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women (forthcoming).
TRANSLATIONS AND TRANSCRIPTS
Husayn, Faleh, “The Participation of Non-Arab Elements in the Umayyad Army and Administration” (Mushārakat al-‘anāsir ghayr al-‘arabiyyah fī al-jaysh wa al-idārah al-umawiyyah), Articulation of Islamic State Structures. Ed. Fred Donner. London: Ashgate Vaiorum, 2012. (Translated from Arabic to English)
POPULAR ARTICLES / OP-EDS
with Gabriel Reynolds, “Anti-Muslim video – one more reason for independent scholarship on the Quran,” Christian Science Monitor, October 8, 2012.
“Arab Studies in the American Academy,” Alumni Ties at Rutgers Preparatory School 5.1, July 2012.
with Anthony Banout, “From Tahrir to Maspero: Religious Tensions in Egypt Before and After the Revolution,” Sightings - Magazine of the Martin Marty Center, University of Chicago Divinity School, November 3, 2011
INVITED TALKS AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Discussant, Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians in the Umayyad State Symposium at the University of Chicago, June 17-18, 2011, “Looking for Jews in the Umayyad Period: First Efforts at a Prolegomena to the History of Jews in the Early Islamic Centuries” by Fred Astren
“Egypt between Enlightenment and Revolution/Misr bayna al-tanwir wa al-thawrah” (talk in Arabic), Arabic Circle Lecture Series, University of Chicago, February 2011
“Islamic Modernism and the Arab World,” Department of Humanities, University of Louisville, February 2011
"The Evolution of Arab Enlightenment Thought,” Department of Modern and Classical Languages, University of Houston, February 2011
“A Survey of Modern Qur’anic Studies,” Department of Religion, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, December 2010
Discussant, Middle East History and Theory Workshop, January 11, 2010, “The Early Development of the Qur’anic Hanif: an Exegetical Analysis” by Mun’im Sirri
“The Qur’an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions,” Corpus Coranicum, Berlin, Germany, June 2009
“Qur’anic Parallels in the Bible,” Islamic Society of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, May 2001
“On Chapter 12 of the Qur’an, Surat yusuf,” Noor ul-Eman School, Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, May 2000
Aimee Bachari, “Moving Forward: Area Studies Programs and Diversity at UH,” Houston History, November 26, 2012
Menachem Wecker, “As Muslim student population grows, UH debuts Arab studies minor,” Houston Chronicle, November 1, 2012
Paul Kopenkoskey, “Arab studies chief focusing on peace,” Houston Chronicle, June 21,2012
“Society of Biblical Literature supports exploration of Qur’an scholar network," Bayan: Journal of Qur’an and Hadith Studies 10.1, June 2012, 151-52