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Paul Powers

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

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Paul Powers teaches a range of courses about Islam and Religious Studies. His courses include “Islamic Origins,” “Islam in the Modern World,” “Religion and Violence,” “Religious Fundamentalism,” “Sufism: Islamic Mysticism,” and a seminar on Islamic law. Many of these courses explore theoretical and methodological questions about the nature and study of religion, as well as gender-related issues and questions about the nature of “modernity.”

Teaching

Fall 2017: 

Lewis & Clark Overseas Program: Greece

Spring 2018:

RELS 104: Religion and Violence

RELS 274: Islam in the Modern World

RELS 355: Sufism: Islamic Mysticism

Research

Prof. Powers’ research interests focus on pre-modern Islam, especially Islamic law. He has published articles in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Religion and Violence, and Islamic Law and Society, and has contributed chapters to several volumes in Islamic legal studies. HIs first book, Intent in Islamic law: Motive and Meaning in Medieval Sunni Fiqh (Brill, 2006), explores how Islamic law deals with human subjective states. 

His latest article is “Territory is Not Map: Deterritorialisation, Mere Religion, and the Islamic State,” forthcoming in the Journal of Religion and Violence.

Prof. Powers is currently at work on a book tentatively titled Religion and Violence: A Religious Studies Approach. This project explores the relevance of classic religious studies theories for increasing our understanding of the relationship between religion and violence.

He has traveled extensively in the Muslim world, including Yemen, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, and India. 

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. 2001 University of Chicago Divinity School, History of Religions/Islamic Studies

M.A. 1992 University of Chicago Divinity School, B.A. 1990 Carleton College

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Paul Powers’s office is located in room 222 of John R. Howard Hall.

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Paul Powers Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Religious Studies Lewis & Clark 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road MSC 45 Portland OR 97219 USA

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