Associate Professor Classics & Religious Studies

Simon Wood has a BA in History and Religious Studies from the University of Otago, New Zealand, and a PhD in Religion from Temple University. His research and teaching focuses on modern Islam and the comparative study of world religions. His books include Christian Criticisms, Islamic Proofs: Rashid Rida’s Modernist Defence of Islam (Oxford: Oneworld, 2008) and an edited volume, Fundamentalism: Perspectives on a Contested History (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2014). His current courses include RELG 108 World Religions; RELG 208 Introduction to Islam; RELG 318 Islam in the Modern World; RELG 342 The Qur’an; and RELG 418 Fundamentalism, Religion, and Politics.