Dr. Joseph Lumbard | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Dr. Joseph Lumbard

Dr. Joseph Lumbard (PhD)

Associate Professor of Quranic Studies
Islamic Studies
College of Islamic Studies
Master of Arts in Contemporary Islamic Studies

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Dr. Joseph Lumbard is Associate Professor of Quranic Studies at CIS. He has previously taught at the American University of Sharjah, Brandeis University, and the American University in Cairo. He also served as Advisor for Interfaith Affairs to the Jordanian Royal Court. He received his PhD in Islamic Studies from Yale University and has studied with scholars in Morocco, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, and Iran. His scholarship contributes to the fields of Islamic philosophical theology, Sufism, and Quranic studies. He served as author, translator, and general editor for The Study Quran (HarperOne 2015), which has been heralded as one of the most important contributions to Islamic studies in the English language. His current research incorporates aspects of Quranic studies, philosophy and theology to focus upon the development of epistemologies in Islam.


Research Interests

  • Quranic Studies
  • Islamic Philosophy
  • Sufism
  • Philosophical Theology
  • Islam and the Environment


Associate Professor of Quranic Studies


2018 – Present
  • Associate Professor

    Department of Arabic and Translation Studies, American University of Sharjah

    2015 – 2018
  • Assistant Professor

    Classical Islam, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

    2006 – 2015
  • Advisor for Interfaith Affairs

    The Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan

    2005 – 2006
  • Arabic Literature Unit Head

    American University of Cairo

    2004 – 2005
  • Assistant Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies

    American University of Cairo

    2003 – 2005


PhD in Islamic Studies

Yale University

  • M.Phil in Religious Studies

    Yale University

  • MA in Religious Studies

    George Washington University

  • BA in English Literature and Religious Studies

    George Washington University


Selected Publications


  • Lumbard, J.E.B., & Picken, G. (Eds.). (Forthcoming: 2021). A Guide to Sufi Literature.

    University of California Press.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2016). Aḥmad al-Ghazālī, Remembrance, and the Metaphysics of Love.

    Albany: State University of New York Press.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2015). The Study Quran: A New Translation and Commentary, Author, Translator, and Managing General Editor.

    Editor-in-Chief, Seyyed Hossein Nasr. San Francisco: HarperOne.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2008). Submission, Faith, and Beauty, The Religion of Islam.

    Hayward, CA and Louisville, KY: Zaytuna College and Fons Vitae. [Spanish Translation, La Religión del Islam: Sumisión, Fe & Belleza, 2017.].

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (Ed.). (2004). Islam, Fundamentalism, and the Betrayal of Tradition: Essays by Western Muslim Scholars.

    Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom Books, 2004 (Second Edition: 2009). [Arabic Translation: Al-Islām wa’l-uṣūliyya wa khiyānāt al-mawrūth al-Islāmī: abḥāth katabahā bāḥithūn Muslimūn Gharbiyūn, 2007; Casablanca: al-Mamlakah al-Maghribiyya: Manshūrāt Wizārat al-Awqāf wa-al-Shuʾūn al-Islāmiyya. Spanish Translation, El Islam, el fundamentalismo y la traición al Islam tradicional: ensayos de especialistas musulmanes occidentales, 2007, Madrid: José J. de Olañeta.]


  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (Forthcoming: 2020). Humanity in Covenant with God.

    In Dakake, M., & Madigan, D. (Eds.), Routledge Companion to the Qur’ān. Routledge.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (Forthcoming: 2020). Love and Beauty in Sufism.

    In Ridgeon, L. (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Sufism. Routledge.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2019) Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī and the Art of Knowing.

    In Orfali, B. & Elias, J. J. (Eds.), Light upon Light: Essays in Islamic History in Honor of Gerhard Bowering. E. J. Brill.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2015). Sacred History and the Quranic View of Other Religions.

    In Nasr, S. H., Dagli, C., Dakake, M., Lumbard, J.E.B., & Rustom, M. (Eds.), The Study Quran, San Francisco: HarperOne, 1765–1784.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2015). The Quran in Translation.

    In Nasr, S. E., Dagli, C., Dakake, M., Lumbard, J.E.B., & Rustom, M. (Eds.), The Study Quran, San Francisco: HarperOne, 1601–1606.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2015). Walk Not Exultantly Upon the Earth: An Islamic Response to the Papal Encyclical on the Environment.

    In Cobb, J. & Castuera, I. (Eds.). For Our Common Home: Process-Relational Responses to Laudato Si. Anoka, MN: Process Century Press.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2013). Seyyed Hossein Nasr on Tradition and Modernity.

    In Marshall, D. (Ed.), Tradition and Modernity: Muslim and Christian Perspectives. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2010). What of the Word is Common?.

    In El-Ansary, W., & Linnan, D. (Eds.), Muslim and Christian Understanding: Theory and Application of “A Common Word”. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2009). Discernment, Dialogue, and the Word of God.

    In Cornille, C. (Ed.), Criteria of Discernment in Interreligious Dialogue. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2007). Prophets and Messengers of God.

    In Cornell, V.J. (Ed.), Voices of Islam. Westport, CT: Praeger Publications.


  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2015). Covenant and Covenants in the Quran.

    The Journal of Quranic Studies, 17(2). 1-23.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2009). The Uncommonality of A Common Word. Crown Papers, 3. 1–32.

    Revised and updated reprint in A Common Word Between Us and You 5-year Anniversary Edition, 2012, Amman, 11–50.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2007). From Ḥubb to ʿIshq: The Development of Love in Early Sufism.

    The Oxford Journal Of Islamic Studies, 18(3). 345-385.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2005). Koranic Inclusivism in an Age of Globalization.

    Iqbal Review, 46(2). 95–104. Reprinted in Umar, M. S. (Ed.). Towards a Muslim Theology of Other Religions in a Post-Prophetic Age, 2008, Lahore: Iqbal Academy. 151–162.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2001). [Review of the book An Introduction to Sufism by W. Chittick].

    Sophia: A Journal of Traditional Studies, 7(1). 101–103.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2000). The Place of Prophecy in Mullā Ṣadrā’s Philosophy of Perception.

    Transcendent Theosophy: An International Journal for Comparative Philosophy and Mysticism, 1(2). 23-32.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (1994). Al-Insān al-Kāmil, Doctrine and Practice.

    The Islamic Quarterly, 38(4). 261-282.


  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (Forthcoming). The Quran.

    In Goetz, S., & Taliaferro, C. (Eds.), Encyclopedia Entry for The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion. Wiley and Sons.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2016, March 23). Understanding the Relationship Between the Quran and Extremism.

    Huffington Post.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2015, July 29). Love for the Prophet Muhammad: A Key Countering Islamism and Islamophobia.


  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2015, July 24). New Light on the History of the Quranic Text?.

    Huffington Post.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2015, June 18). Walk not Exultantly upon the Earth’: An Islamic Response to Pope Francis’ Encyclical.

    Huffington Post.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2014). Ahmad al-Ghazali.

    In Esposito, J., Dagli, C., & Kalin,I. (Eds.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Philosophy, Science, and Technology, vol. 1. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press. 270–274.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2013) Selections from Ibn Turka al-Isfahānī’s Tamhīd al-qawā’id [translations].

    In Nasr, S.H., & Aminrazavi, M. (Eds.), An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia, vol. 4. London: IB Tauris. 460–475.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2013). Selections from Aḥmad al-Ghazālī’s Sawāniḥ [translations].

    In Nasr, S.H., & Aminrazavi, M. (Eds.), An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia, vol. 4. London: IB Tauris. 375–397.

  • Lumbard, J.E.B. (2009). Selections from Mullā Mahdi Narāqī’s Qurrat al-‘uyūn [translations]. ].

    In Nasr, S.H., & Aminrazavi, M. (Eds.), An Anthology of Philosophy in Persia, vol. 3. London: IB Tauris. 433–456.