Peter Wright: Papers & Publications


Varieties of Islamic Humanism: Prophetic, Cosmopolitan, Gnostic, and Ecstatic (forthcoming from Oneworld Books).

"Islam: The Khalifa Ideal" in Leslie Stevenson, David L. Haberman, Peter Matthews Wright, and Charlotte Witt, Thirteen Theories of Human Nature, 7th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2018), pp. 138-155.

"Imperial Privilege: On War and Violence Near and Far," Rashna Batliwala Singh and Peter Matthews Wright, Common Dreams, October 14, 2016, available at:

Review of Muslim Identities by Aaron Hughes in Review of Middle East Studies 48: 1 & 2 (2014), 83-85.

"The Qur'anic David" in Constructs of Prophecy in the Former and Latter Prophets and in Other Texts (Ancient Near Eastern Monographs/Monografias sobre el Antiguo Cercano Oriente), edited by Lester L. Grabbe and Martii Nissinen, Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature Press (2011), pp. 187-196.

Review of The Qur'an and its Biblical Subtext by Gabriel Said Reynolds, New York: Routledge (2010) in Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception Vol. 1, No. 1 (Summer 2011), pp. 219-223.

"Critical Approaches to the 'Farewell Khutba' in Ibn Ishaq's Life of the Prophet," Comparative Islamic Studies 6.1-2 (2010), pp. 215-248.

"After Smith: Romancing the Text When 'Maps Are All We Possess,'" Religion and Literature 42.3 (Notre Dame: Autumn 2010), pp. 93-122.

"From Politics to Metapolitics: Norman O. Brown's The Challenge of Islam," Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media & Culture 32.3 (Wayne State University Press: Fall 2010), pp. 338-347.

"Qur'an," The Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History, New York: Facts on File, May 2010, pp. 475-479.

"Auf dem Spiel steht nichts geringeres als die Freiheit" ("At Risk Is Nothing Less Than Freedom"), published by the German on-line journal Sicherheit-Heute (Security Today), (Reflections on remarks made by Professor Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd in the same publication), April 2007.


"Remarks on the Future of Islamic Studies," prepared remarks delivered as part of "Translating Islam: A Conference in Honor of Carl Ernst," The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, October 6-7, 2017.

"Remarks on the film 'The Sultan & the Saint,'" prepared remarks presented after the film screening in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center of the Colorado College, October 2, 2017.

"Islamophobia and the Muslim Ban" panel participant (along with Professors Nadia Guessous, Robert Lee, Jane Murphy, and Ibrahima Wade), February 1, 2017, sponsored by the Chaplain's office.

2016 Fall Conference Islamophobia Panel participant (along with Professors Nadia Guessous, Robert Lee, and Jane Murphy), August 2016.

Jaipur Literary Festival panel discussant: "'I'm just a broad person. The Earth is mine.' Cosmopolitanism(s) and Cultural Citizenship in the Twenty-First Century." University of Colorado at Boulder, September 17, 2015.

"Remarks on James W. Watts's 'The Three Dimensions of Scripture,'" panel presentation to the Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Littleton, CO, April 5, 2013.

"Northrop Frye's Blakean Gift to Islamic Studies," paper presented at "Educating the Imagination: A Conference in Honour of Northrop Frye 1912-1991," Victoria University in the University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), October 4-6, 2012.

"The Muslim Book of Common Prayer," lecture presented at the Colorado College Fall Conference, August 28, 2012.

"Echoes of Paul in Islamic Scripture," presented to the Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Denver, CO, March 18-19, 2011.

"The Qur'anic David," paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature: Prophetic Texts and their Ancient Contexts Group, November 21-25, 2008.

"Critical Approaches to the 'Farewell Khutba' in Ibn Ishaq's Life of the Prophet," paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature: Qur'an and Biblical Literature Program Unit, "Muslim Biblical Studies," November 17-20, 2007.

"Modern Qur'anic Hermeneutics," paper presented at the International Graduate Conference at the University of Kentucky: Islamic Philosophy and Theology Today, September 28-30, 2007; also presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion: Qur'an Group, "Qur'an and Cultural Translation," November 17-20, 2007.

"The Qur'an's Prophetic Colloquy with 'Peoples of the Book' as a Model of Robust Religious Pluralism" paper presented at the Fourth Annual Carolina-Duke Graduate Student Conference: Islam and the Challenge of Pluralism: Muslim Encounters with the Other, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, April 6th-7th 2007.

"'The Broad and Open Way': Critical Reflections Upon the Constitutive Rhetorics of Islamic Law," paper presented at the Second Annual Carolina-Duke Graduate Student Conference, Mapping Muslim Ethics, Duke University, February 4-5, 2005.

Invited Lectures

Chair, "In Memoriam: Muhammad Arkoun, Muhammad al-Jabiri, and Nasr Abu Zayd" session of the Contemporary Islam Group at the AAR Annual Meeting in San Francisco, November 2011.

"Approaching the Qur'an," a one-day seminar presented to the Humanities Core Faculty at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, August 25, 2011.

"Understanding Islamism," talk presented to the Pillar Institute for Lifelong Learning, Colorado Springs, June 11, 2010.

"Understanding the Taliban: Ideology, Fear, and Utopia," talk presented at the First Congregational Church, Colorado Springs, March 21, 2010.

"Jihad in Islamic Tradition and Current Political Rhetoric," talk presented to the Tuesday Morning Businessmen's Bible Study Group, the El Paso Club of Colorado Springs, October 7, 2008.

"Islamic Studies in the United States: How Far We've Come, How Far We Have To Go," General Address to students and faculty in the Dialogue of Civilizations conference held at the Qena and Sohag campuses of Jamiat Janub al-Wady [South Valley University], Egypt, December, 10-15, 2004.

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