Old Main, 108
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Specializes in Islamic studies
Brett Wilson is a specialist in Islamic Studies and offers a range of courses on Muslim history, ritual, and intellectual traditions as well as on broader themes in Religious Studies. His research deals primarily with religious and intellectual history in the contexts of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey, and Egypt from 1800 to the present. At present, he is at work on book project about the rise of Qur'anic translations and the history of Islamic printing in the modern period. Other interests include Sufism (and anti-Sufi discourses), the history of skepticism and atheism in the Muslim world, and the various intersections between Islam and nationalism.
M. Brett Wilson, "The First Translations of the Qur'an in Modern Turkey (1924-1938),"
International Journal of Middle East Studies, volume 41, issue 03, pp. 419-435.
(Copyright held by Cambridge University Press)
“The Failure of Nomenclature: The Concept of “Orthodoxy” in the Study of Islam.” Comparative
Islamic Studies, 3 no. 2 (2007), 169-194.
"Women, Gender, and Women's Religious Education: Turkey." In Encyclopedia of Women &
Islamic Cultures, Volume IV: Economics, Education, Mobility and Space, ed. Suad Joseph