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Ihsan Bagby (Emeritus)
Associate Professor, Arabic and Islamic Studies

Dr. Bagby obtained his PhD from the University of Michigan in Near Eastern Studies (1986) with specialty in Islamic Law.  His research for the last 10 years has focused on Muslims in America.  In 2001 he published the results of the first comprehensive study of mosques in America, entitled The Mosque in America: A National Portrait. (available at  Based on the 2001 study, Dr. Bagby has published four articles, “Imams and Mosque Organizations in the United States,” in Muslims in the United States, “A Profile of African American Mosques” in Journal of the Interdenominational Theological Center, “Attitudes of Mosque Participants Towards America,” in the forthcoming book A Nation of Religions: The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America, and “The Mosque in the American Public Square,” in Muslims’ Place in the American Public Square.

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Research Interests
  • Islam in America
  • Islamic Studies
  • Arabic & Islamic Studies
  • Modern & Classical Languages Literatures & Cultures