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Hoffman, Valerie J.

Professor of Religion, Religion
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Valerie Hoffman is Professor and Head of the Department of Religion at the University of Illinois, specializing in Islamic thought and practice. She received her Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic studies from the University of Chicago and has been on the faculty of the University of Illinois since 1983, where she teaches courses on all aspects of Islam. She has served on the MESA Board of Directors and on the editorial boards of IJMES and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. She is the author of Sufism, Mystics and Saints in Modern Egypt (University of South Carolina Press, 1995) and The Essentials of Ibadi Islam (Syracuse University Press, 2011), as well as numerous articles on Sufism, Islamic gender ideology, the Ibadi sect of Islam, and contemporary Islamic movements. She was a Fulbright research fellow in Egypt (1987-88) and in Oman and Yemen (2000-01) and was a Carnegie scholar in 2009-10. Her current book project is "Islamic Sectarianism Reconsidered: Ibāḍī Islam in the Modern Age."

DISCIPLINE
Religious Studies/Theology
SUB AREAS
Gender/Women's Studies   
19th-21st Centuries   
Mysticism/Sufi Studies   
Middle East/Near East Studies   
Islamic Studies   
Cultural Studies   
History of Religion   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Yemen   
Egypt   
Oman   
Islamic World   
SPECIALTIES
Sufism   
Muslim Scholars-19th-20th C Oman & Zanzibar   
Ibadi Islam   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Fluent)   
French (Advanced)   
German (Intermediate)   
Persian (Intermediate)   
Swahili (Intermediate)   
EDUCATION
PhD1986NE Lang/CivU of Chicago
MA1979NE Lang & CivU of Chicago
BA1975AnthroU of Pennsylvania
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Valerie J. Hoffman






Department of Religion
3080 Foreign Languages Building
707 S. Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL
61801
United States
Phone:(217) 333-0953
vhoffman@illinois.edu

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