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Religious Studies

Bennett, Clinton

Ph.D., University of Birmingham
MA., University of Birmingham
M.Ed., University of Oxford

Adjunct Faculty

Department: Philosophy
Office: JFT 404
Phone: (845) 257-2980

Career History

Missionary, Baptist Sangha and Theological Education Extension Tutor, Bangladesh College of Christian Theology (Baptist Missionary Society), 1979-1982.
Education Project Coordinator, Birmingham Ethnic Education & Advisory Service Trust, 1983-1985.
Free Church Chaplain, Aston University, 1985-6.
Executive Secretary/Director for Interfaith Relations, Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland, 1986-1992.
Senior Lecturer, Subject Leader for Religious Studies, Resident Tutor and Assistant Chaplain, Westminster College, Oxford 1992-1998.
Associate Professor of Religion, Baylor University, TX 1998-2001.
Visiting Research Fellow, Birmingham University Graduate Institute for Theology and Religion, 2002-2005.
Associate Professor of Ministry and Living Traditions, UTS Interfaith Seminary, 2005-2007.
History and Biography Editor, New World Encyclopedia 2005-2009.
Member, Tutors' Panel, Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge from 2009.
Adjunct Lecturer in Philosophy, SUNY New Paltz from 2009.

Teaching Interests

Religions of the World/Asian Studies, Islamic Studies/International Relations.

Research/Creative Activity

Section editor for North Europe, Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History (Brill/University of Birmingham).

Editor, Continuum Studying World Religions Series.

Co-leader with Sarwar Alam (University of Arkansas) of a project on Sufis and political engagement; papers by an international team will be published in a special edition of Comparative Islamic Studies (ISSN:1740-7125) founded by US Naval Academy, and in a volume of essays to be published by Equinox (who publish the Journal).


1992, Victorian Images of Islam, London: Grey Seal, pp 204 (ISBN 1 85640 028 X) republished 2009, Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press (ISBN 9781607246732).

1996, In Search of the Sacred: Anthropology and the Study of Religions London: Cassell Academic (ISBN 0304 336815 hb; 0304 336823 pb) pp 218.

1996, with Foreman-Peck, Lorraine and Higgins, Chris, Researching Into Teaching Methods in Colleges and Universities, London: Kogan Page (ISBN 0 7494 1768 4) pp 136.

1998, In Search of Muhammad, London: Cassell Academic (ISBN 0 304 70401 6) pp 276.

2001, In Search of Jesus: Insider - Outsider Images London, Continuum (ISBN 0826449166) pp 364

2005, Muslims and Modernity: An Introduction to the Issues and Debates, London, Continuum ((ISBN 082645481X) pp 286.

2008, Understanding Christian-Muslim Relations Past and Present, Continuum (ISBN 978-0826487827 pp 256.

2008, In Search of Solutions: The Problem of Religion and Conflict, Equinox (ISBN 978 184553 230 0) pp 263.

2009, Stephens, W. R. W., and Clinton Bennett. Christianity and Islam: the Bible and the Koran. Piscataway, N.J.: Gorgias Press. (ISBN 978-1-60724-412-7), pp 168.

2010, Studying Islam, Continuum (series editor) (ISBN 9780826495501) pp 190.

2010, Interpreting the Qur’an: A Guide for the Uninitiated. Continuum. (ISBN 9780826499448) pp 156.

2010, Muslim Women of Power: Gender, Politics and Culture in Islam. Continuum. (ISBN 9780826436382) pp 236.

2012, South Asian Sufis: Devotion, Deviation, and Destiny. Continuum. (ISBN 9781441151278), editor with Charles M Ramsey, pp 318.

2013, Bloomsbury Companion to Islamic Studies (editor) (ISBN 9781441127884) pp 419.

Also chapters, articles, encyclopedia/dictionary entries and book reviews. Since 2011, editorial board member, The Human Prospect (Institute for Science and Human Values, Tampa, FL).

Certificates & Licenses

Recognized clergy person, Alliance of Baptists.

Committee Memberships & Professional Organizations

Member, Contingent Concerns Committee, SUNY New Paltz chapter, UUP.
Member, Convening Table on Interreligious Relations, National Council of Christian Churches, USA.
Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (FRAS)
Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute (FRAI)
Member, American Academy of Religion
Fellow of the Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion