Gabriel Said Reynolds
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Tisch Family Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology
History of Christianity
World Religions and World Church
B.A. Columbia University
M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University
Research and Teaching Interests
In the video below, Gabriel Said Reynolds introduces his new book, The Emergence of Islam: Classical Traditions in Contemporary Perspective, and discusses the traditional views of Islam's origins
The Emergence of Islam. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2012.
New Perspectives on the Qurʾān: The Qurʾān in Its Historical Context 2. Introduced and Edited. London: Routledge, 2011.
The Qurʾān and Its Biblical Subtext. London: Routledge, 2010.
The Critique of Christian Origins: Qāḍī ʿAbd al-Jabbār’s (d. 415/1025) Islamic Essay on Christianity. Introduced, Translated, and Annotated. Edited Samir Khalil Samir. Provo UT: BYU Press, 2010.
The Qurʾān in Its Historical Context. Introduced and Edited. London: Routledge, 2008. Arabic translation: Al-Qurʾān fī muḥīṭihi al-tārīkhī. Trans. Saʿd Saʿdī and ʿAbd al-Masīḥ Saʿdī. Beirut: Dār al-Jamal, 2011.
A Muslim Theologian in the Sectarian Milieu: ʿAbd al-Jabbār and the ‘Critique of Christian Origins’. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2004.
“The Qurʾān and the Apostles of Jesus,” Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 76 (2013), 1-19.
“On the Qurʾan and the Theme of Jews as ‘Killers of the Prophets’,” al-Bayān 10 (2012), 9-34.
“Le problème de la chronologie du Coran,” Arabica 58 (2011), 477-502.
“Remembering Muḥammad,” (solicited) Numen 58 (2011), 188-206.
“On the Qurʾānic Accusation of Scriptural Falsification (taḥrīf) and Christian anti-Jewish Polemic,” Journal of the American Oriental Society 130 (2010), 1-14.
“The Muslim Jesus: Dead or Alive?” Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 72 (2009), 237-58.
4 May 2013, “The Qurʾan, Qurʾanic Rhetoric, and Christianity,” Conference: Rethinking the Qurʾan (Ankara, Turkey).
29 Apr 2013, “L’éthique sexuelle des chrétiens selon ‘Abd al-Jabbar (m. 1025),” Lecture Series : Regards croisés dur les minorités religieuses (Brussels, Belgium).
20 Jan 2013, “The Qurʾan and Christian Heresies,” Conference: The Qurʾan’s Reformation of Judaism and Christianity (Nottingham, England)
17 Nov 2012, “The Qurʾan and the Apostles of Jesus,” Society of Biblical Literature Conference (Chicago).
17 Jul 2012, “On the Jews as Killers of the Prophets in the Qurʾan,” Symposium Syriacum (Malta).
20 Apr 2012, “A Catholic Appreciation of Ibn Taymiyya,” Church and Islam Colloquium, Institute for Church Life (Notre Dame).
Gabriel Said Reynolds researches the Qur'ān and Muslim/Christian relations. His dissertation, on a medieval Islamic history of Christianity, won the Field Prize at Yale and is published (Brill 2004) as A Muslim Theologian in the Sectarian Milieu. He also prepared an introduction and translation of this history, published by (BYU 2008) as The Critique of Christian Origins. Since arriving at Notre Dame, Reynolds has focused on Qur'ānic studies. He has organized two international conferences (2005, 2009) on the Qur'ān at Notre Dame, and edited the acts of the conferences as The Qur'ān in Its Historical Context (Routledge 2008) and New Perspectives on the Qur'ān: The Qur'ān in Its Historical Context 2 (Routledge 2011). In 2012-13 Reynolds will direct, along with Mehdi Azaiez, “The Qurʾān Seminar” a year-long project dedicated to developing a scholarly commentary on the Qurʾān.
Reynolds is also the author of The Qur'ān and Its Biblical Subtext (Routledge 2010) and The Emergence of Islam (Fortress, 2012). At Notre Dame Reynolds teaches classes including “Foundations of Theology,” “The Islamic Challenge to Christian Theology,” “The Quran and Its Relation to the Bible,” “The Holy Land,” and “Islamic Origins.” Outside of Notre Dame he has conducted research and delivered lectures in cities throughout the Middle East, including Cairo, Jerusalem, Beirut, Damascus, and Tehran. Gabriel and his wife Lourdes have four children: Luke, Emmanuel, Theresa, and René.
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