Mun'im Sirry

Mun'im  Sirry

Assistant Professor
World Religions and World Church


LL.B (Hons), LL.M International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan
PhD University of Chicago

Research and Teaching Interests

Mun’im Sirry’s academic interest includes political theology, modern Islamic thought, Qur’anic studies, and interreligious relations. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology with additional responsibilities for the “Contending Modernities Initiative” at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. He has his PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School with a dissertation entitled “Reformist Muslim approaches to the Polemics of the Qur’an against Other Religions.” His publications have appeared in several peer-reviewed journals, including Arabica, BSOAS, Interpretation, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Journal of Semitic Studies, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, The Muslim World, Studia Islamica, and Die Welt des Islams. His most recent book, Scriptural Polemics: The Qur’an and Other Religions, has just come out from Oxford Universi ty Press.
Professor Sirry is currently developing a project within the framework of the “Contending Modernities” exploring the conditions for the possibility of peaceful co-existence in a plural society like Indonesia. He also serves as an editorial board member in the following journals: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, al-Bayan: Journal of Qur’an and Hadith Studies, Indo-Islamika, Journal of Journal of Indonesian Islam, and ‘Ulumuna: Jurnal Studi Keislaman.

Recent Publications

Forthcoming Publications:
“What’s Modern about Modern Tafsīr?: A Closer Look at an Indonesian Reformist Tafsīr,” in Andrew Rippin (ed.) The Interpretation of the Qur’an in the Malay World (Routledge, forthcoming).
Scriptural Polemics: The Qur’an and Other Religions (Oxford University Press, 2014).
Peer-reviewed Journals:
“Muslim Prayer and Public Spheres: An Interpretation of the Qur’anic verse 9:45,” Interpretation 68 (2014): 39-53 (with A. Rashied Omar from the Kroc Institute).
“Fatwas and Their Controversy: The case of the Council of Indonesian Ulama (MUI),” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 44/1 (2013): 100-117.
“Muqatil b. Sulayman and Anthropomorphism,” Studia Islamica 3 (2012): 51-82
“The Public Role of Dhimmis during ‘Abbasid Times,” Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 74/2 (June, 2011): 187-204.
“The Early Development of the Qur’anic ‘Hanif’,” Journal of Semitic Studies 56/2 (July, 2011): 345-366.
“Jamal al-Din al-Qasimi and the Salafi Approach to Sufism,” Die Welt des Islams 51 (Spring, 2011): 75-108.
“Pious Muslims in the Making: A Closer Look at Narratives of Ascetic Conversion,” Arabica (July, 2010): 437-454.
“The Public Expression of Traditional Islam: the Pesantren and Civil Society in Post-Suharto Indonesia,” The Muslim World (January, 2010): 60-77.
“‘Compete with One Another in Good Works’: Exegesis of Qur’an verse 5.48 and Contemporary Muslim Discourses on Religious Pluralism,” Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (October, 2009): 423-438
“The Idea of Secularization in the Minds of Reformist Muslims: A Case Study of Nurcholish Madjid and Fouad Zakaria,” Journal of Indonesian Islam 1/2 (December, 2007): 323-355.
“Early Muslim-Christian Dialogue: A Closer Look at Major Themes of the Theological Encounter,” Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (October, 2005): 361-376.
Book Chapters:
“Political Islam in Post-Suharto Indonesia,” in Ibrahim Abu-Rabi (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Islamic Thought (London: Blackwell Publishing, 2006): 466-481.


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