PhD, University of Chicago
Juan Campo is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has served as co-director of the UCSB Center for Middle East Studies and is currently director of the graduate program in Religious Studies. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of Southern California and an M.A. and PhD from University of Chicago’s History of Religions Program. He specializes in the comparative study of Islam, particularly in the Middle East and south Asia, teaching courses on Islamic tradition; religion, politics and society in the Persian Gulf region; Islamic mysticism; modern Islamic movements; Islam in India; the Qur’an; Arabic religious texts; as well as introductory courses on the study of religion, religion and Western civilization, and Middle Eastern studies. His research has taken him to Egypt, where he has lived for more than five years, including two years as director of the UC Education Abroad Program study center at American University in Cairo, and to India, where he served as director of the UC Education Abroad Program’s study centers in Delhi and Hyderabad. Campo’s book, The Other Sides of Paradise: Explorations in the Religious Meanings of Domestic Space in Islam, won the American Academy of Religion’s Award for Excellence in 1991. Topics examined in other publications and lectures include modern Islamic movements, the history of Islam in the Middle East, Hinduism and Islam, and the growth of the Muslim community in Southern California. Currently, Campo is serving as editor in chief for the Facts on File Encyclopedia of Islam, and writing a book entitled Pilgrimages in Modernity – a Comparative Look at Muslim, Hindu, and Christian Pilgrimages in the modern world.