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Peter Wright

Associate Professor, Chair

I am an historian and critic of religious literatures, specializing in Islamic studies. As an historian, I read religious literature for clues to its historical contexts and implied audiences. As a critic, I study the ways in which the use of literary devices such as allusion, citation, and echo suggest intertextual relations among religious literatures and the communities who hold them sacred. Where Muslim literatures are concerned, my work builds upon the pioneering studies of Egyptian modernists such as Taha Husayn, Amin al-Khuli, and Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd. 


Islamic Sacred Literature and its Interpretation
Islam in the Americas
History of Religions
Theory and Method in Religious Studies
Religion and Violence

Regular Classes

RE 101 Introduction to Religion
RE 140
RE 200 Living Islam: The Turkish Experience (Summer)
RE 243 Islam in the Americas
RE 302 Seminar in Theory and Method 
RE 345 Dervish Diaries
RE 346 Qur’an
RE 405 Thesis Preparation
RE 406 Senior Thesis


    Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
    M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004
    J.D., Duquesne University School of Law, 1991
    B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1982

    Papers & Publications