David R. Vishanoff
University of Oklahoma, Religious Studies Program
731 Elm Ave., Robertson 119, Norman, OK 37019
vishanoff at ou dot edu
Emory University: Ph.D. in West and South Asian Religions, 2004.
- Dissertation (awarded “distinction”): “Early Islamic Hermeneutics: Language, Speech, and Meaning in Preclassical Legal Theory.” Dissertation committee: Richard Martin (advisor), Gordon Newby, Devin Stewart.
- Examinations: Comparative hermeneutics; Islamic theories of revelation and interpretation; Religious interaction in colonial India; Annotated translation of al‑Juwaynī’sWaraqāt fī ʿilm uṣūl al‑fiqh.
- Summer Academy “Hermeneutics of Border: Canon and Community in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam,” Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, August 2003.
- George W. Woodruff Fellowship (1997–2002), Harvey Fellowship (2001–2004), John Fenton Prize in Comparative Religion, Outstanding Achievement in Arabic at the Graduate Level award.
Arabic Language and Islamic Studies Semester in Fez, Morocco, Washington University in St. Louis / Arabic Language Institute in Fez, January–June 1999.
University of Colorado at Boulder: M.A. in Religious Studies, 1997.
- Thesis: “On the Origin and Development of the Qurʾānic Use of Āmana.”
- University Fellowship, Pounds Fellowship.
Gordon College: B.A. in Mathematics and Philosophy, 1990, summa cum laude.
- Pike Honors Scholar, Ball award, Physics award, Raytheon award, Phi Alpha Chi award (twice), President Forrester award, Budapest Semester in Mathematics.
Research languages: French, Arabic, Indonesian, German.
Associate Professor (2012–present), Assistant Professor (2006–2012), Religious Studies Program, University of Oklahoma: The Qur’an, Islamic Law (focus on gender), Islamic Theology, Introduction to Islam, Muslim-Christian Encounters, Comparative Sacred Texts, Jesus in the World’s Religions, Introduction to Religious Studies.
Fulbright Senior Scholar (spring 2013), State Islamic University (UIN Sunan Kalijaga), Yogyakarta, Indonesia: Qur’anic Hermeneutics (doctoral seminar co-taught with Sahiron Syamsuddin).
Visiting Assistant Professor (2004–2006), Department of Religious Studies, University of South Carolina: Similar courses, and Foundational Readings in the Discipline of Islamic Studies (graduate reading course).
Adjunct Instructor, Emory University: Intermediate Arabic I; Introduction to Religion; Islamic Theology.
Teaching Assistant, Emory University and University of Colorado at Boulder: Freshman Seminar on the Koran, Early and Medieval Hinduism, Christian Traditions, World Religions–West.
- Open access textbook: A Critical Introduction to Islamic Legal Theory: A Critical Edition, English Translation, and New Commentary on Imām al‑Ḥaramayn al‑Juwaynī’s Leaflet on the Sources of Law (Kitāb al‑Waraqāt fī uṣūl al‑fiqh). Published online March 3, 2017, at http://waraqat.vishanoff.com.
- Peer-reviewed article: “A Reader’s Guide to al-Shāfiʿī’s Epistle on Legal Theory (al-Risāla).” Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations 28 no. 3 (2017): 245–269.
- Review of Amr Osman, The Ẓāhirī Madhhab (3rd/9th–10th/16th Century): A Textualist Theory of Islamic Law (Leiden: Brill, 2014). Der Islam 93 no. 2 (2016): 603–609.
- Peer-reviewed article in Arabic: “Al‑hirminyūṭīqā al‑fiqhiyya ʿinda al‑Imām al‑Shāfiʿī.” (The Legal Hermeneutics of al‑Imām al‑Shāfiʿī.) International Journal of Pesantren Studies 7 no. 2 (2015 ): 263–281.
- Review of Ahmed El Shamsy, The Canonization of Islamic Law: A Social and Intellectual History (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013). Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations 26 no. 2 (2015), 256-258.
- Review of Robert Gleave, Islam and Literalism: Literal Meaning and Interpretation in Islamic Legal Theory (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013). Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations 25 no. 4 (2014): 553–557.
- Reference article: “Hermeneutics.” Published online in Oxford Islamic Studies Online . Forthcoming in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law, ed. Jonathan Brown. Oxford University Press.
- Review of Rumee Ahmed, Narratives of Islamic Legal Theory (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012). Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations 24 no. 1 (2013): 134–136.
- Monograph: The Formation of Islamic Hermeneutics: How Sunni Legal Theorists Imagined a Revealed Law. American Oriental Series, ed. Stephanie W. Jamison, no. 93. New Haven, Connecticut: American Oriental Society, 2011.
- Reviewed by Wilferd Madelung in Ilahiyat Studies 2 (2011): 254–256.
- Reviewed by Yossef Rapoport in Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations 23 (2012): 556–558.
- Reviewed by Robert Gleave in International Journal of Middle East Studies 45.3 (2013): 622–623.
- Reviewed by Ahmed El Shamsy in Journal of the American Oriental Society 134.1 (2014): 168–171.
- Lectures and conference presentations:
- “An Anthropological Turn in the Qur’anic Sciences: European and Islamic Contributions to Aksin Wijaya’s Indonesian Hermeneutic.” Conference on “Qur’anic Studies: Methods, Contexts, and Interpretations,” International Qur’anic Studies Association and Beit al Hikma, Carthage, Tunisia, July 4, 2017.
- “Indicative and Performative Theories of Divine Speech in Classical Islamic Legal Theory.” Intention and Signification: Philosophy of Language Across Islamic Disciplines, 800-1200, University of Freiburg, June 3, 2017.
- “The Anthropological Turn in Islamic Legal Interpretation.” Islamic Theology – Past, Present and Future: Global Challenges and Prospective Synergies in the Academic Study of Islam, University of Tübingen, July 24, 2016.
- Panelist, “The Future Study of Islamic Legal Theory.” Reformulation and Hermeneutics: Researching the History of Islamic Legal Theory, Istanbul University, February 24, 2016.
- “The Structure and Composition of al-Shāfiʿī’s Risāla: Three Books, Three Outlines, Three Arguments.” Reformulation and Hermeneutics: Researching the History of Islamic Legal Theory, Istanbul University, February 22, 2016.
- “Can Qurʾānic Interpretation Be both Practically Adequate and Theologically Principled? Some Instructive Historical Examples of the Delicate Connection between Hermeneutical Theories and Doctrines of Divine Speech.” From Revelation to Scripture: A Symposium on Divine Speech and Prophetic Inspiration in Islam, Cambridge Muslim College, Cambridge, England, September 12, 2015.
- “Hermeneutics and the Traditional Islamic Sciences in Indonesia Today: Rhetoric, Retraditionalisation, or Creative Anti-Foundationalism?” International Association for the History of Religions, Erfurt, Germany, August 24, 2015.
- “Kayfa aṣbaḥa al‑Qurʾān naṣṣan tashrīʿīan?” (Arabic, “How did the Qurʾān become a legislative text?”). Response to a paper by ʿAdnān al-Muqrānī. Seminar “Fahm al-nuṣūṣ al‑Qurʾāniyya bayna al‑ittijāh al‑ḥarfī wa‑l‑ittijāh al‑maqāṣidī” at the State Islamic University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, August 13, 2015.
- “Genealogies of Qur’anic Hermeneutics: Tracing Trajectories through Online Data.” Conference on “New Trends in Qur’anic Studies,” International Qur’anic Studies Association and State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, August 6, 2015.
- “Reenchanting the Qurʾān: Hermeneutical Applications of the Ashʿarī Concept of God’s Eternal Speech.” International Qur’anic Studies Association, San Diego, November 23, 2014.
- “The Ethical Structure of Imām al‑Ḥaramayn al‑Juwaynī’s uṣūl al‑fiqh.” Summer Institute on Islamic Law and Ethics, International Institute of Islamic Thought, Washington D.C., June 19, 2014.
- “The Hermeneutics of Imām Shāfiʿī.” Center for the Study of Qur’an and Hadith Monthly Discussion, Facultas Ushuluddin, Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, April 24, 2013.
- Indonesian lecture on “Lessons in Hermeneutics from the Study of Islam” at Sekolah Tinggi Teologi Indonesia in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, April 23, 2013.
- “Al‑hirminyūṭīqā al‑fiqhiyya ʿinda al‑Imām al‑Shāfiʿī” (“The Legal Hermeneutics of al‑Imām al‑Shāfiʿī”). Arabic lecture at Pengurus Wilayah Nahdlatul Ulama Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, March 31, 2013.
- “Five Classical Approaches to the Qur’an.” Plenary address at conference “Approaches to the Study of the Quran,” Community of Santri Scholars of Ministry of Religious Affairs, Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, February 24, 2013.
- “The Muʿtazila of Baghdād and the Eastern Ẓāhiriyya: A Scripturalist Alternative to al‑Shāfiʿī’s Vision of Islamic Law.” American Oriental Society, Chicago, March 16, 2008.
- “The Paradoxical Hermeneutic of Sunni Jurisprudence: Its Emergence and Triumph from al‑Muzanī to Ibn Ḥazm.” American Oriental Society, San Antonio, March 16, 2007.
- “God’s Performative Speech: The Traditionalist Legal Hermeneutics of Abū Yaʿlā Ibn al‑Farrāʾ (d. 458/1065).” American Oriental Society, Seattle, March 18, 2006.
- “Medieval Islamic Models of Revelation: Hermeneutical Consequences Then and Now.” American Academy of Religion, Philadelphia, November 21, 2005.
- “The Risāla of Muḥammad ibn Idrīs al‑Shāfiʿī (d. 204/820): Its Structure, Composition, and Significance for Islamic Legal Theory.” American Oriental Society, San Diego, March 13, 2004.
- “Some Epistemological and Hermeneutical Dimensions of the Doctrine of the Created Qurʾān.” American Academy of Religion, Toronto, November 25, 2002.
- “In Defense of Ambiguity: The Legal Hermeneutics of Abū Bakr Muḥammad b. al‑Ṭayyib al‑Bāqillānī (d. 403/1013).” American Oriental Society, Houston, March 23, 2002.
Interreligious Hermeneutics / Muslim Biblical Studies:
- Guest editor’s introduction: “Other Peoples’ Scriptures: Mythical Texts of Imagined Communities.” Numen: International Review for the History of Religions 61.4 (2014): 329–333.
- Review of Lejla Demiri, Muslim Exegesis of the Bible in Medieval Cairo: Najm al-Din al-Tufi’s (d. 716/1316) Commentary on the Christian Scriptures (Leiden: Brill, 2013). Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations 25.1 (2014): 138–139.
- Book chapter: “Boundaries and Encounters.” In Understanding Interreligious Relations, ed. David Cheetham, Douglas Pratt, and David Thomas, 341–364. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
- Review of Todd Lawson, The Crucifixion and the Qur’an: A Study in the History of Muslim Thought (Oxford: Oneworld, 2009). Review of Middle East Studies 47.1 (2013): 69–71.
- Peer-reviewed article: “Why Do the Nations Rage? Boundaries of Canon and Community in a Muslim’s Rewriting of Psalm 2.” Comparative Islamic Studies 6 (2010 ): 151–179.
- Reference article: “Islamic ‘Psalms of David’.” In Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History, Volume 3 (1050-1200), ed. David Thomas and Alex Mallett, 724-730. Leiden: Brill, 2011.
- Peer-reviewed article: “An Imagined Book Gets a New Text: Psalms of the Muslim David.” Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations 22 (2011): 85-99.
- Review of Walid A. Saleh, In Defense of the Bible: A Critical Edition and an Introduction to al-Biqāʿī’s Bible Treatise (Leiden: Brill, 2008). Journal of the American Oriental Society 129 (2009 ): 323–325.
- Lectures and conference presentations:
- “An Early Recension of the Islamic Psalms of David: The Koranic Style and Content of Istanbul Fatih 28 and Madrid 5146.” Biblia Arabica conference Translators, copyists and interpreters: Jews, Christians and Muslims and the transmission of the Bible in Arabic in the Middle Ages, Cordoba, Spain, April 28, 2017.
- “Images of David in Several Muslim Rewritings of the Psalms.” Warrior, Poet, Prophet and King: The Character of David in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, University of Warsaw, Poland, October 28, 2016.
- “The Sufi Psalms of David: Interreligious Polemic or Internal Critique?” CRCS–ICRS Wednesday Forum, Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies / Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, April 10, 2013.
- “Other Peoples’ Scriptures: The Use of Sacred Texts across Religious Boundaries.” Response to papers delivered at the American Academy of Religion, San Francisco, November 21, 2011.
- “A Sufi Rewriting of the Psalms of David,” Indiana University Islamic Studies Program conference “Mapping the Landscapes of Islamic Studies,” March 26, 2011.
- “Psalms of the Muslim David: Rewritten Bible or Rewritten Qurʾān?” American Oriental Society, St. Louis, March 14, 2010.
- “An Imagined Book Gets a New Text: The Psalms of David from Christian Scripture to Islamic Sermon.” Sixth Woodbrooke-Mingana Symposium on Arab Christianity and Islam, Birmingham, UK, September 18, 2009.
- “A Muslim Rewriting of Psalm 2: Interreligious Resistance and Intrareligious Critique.” Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, November 18, 2007.
- “Reading Scriptures Across Religious Lines in Colonial India: Interreligious Conflict and Reconciliation, and the Intrareligious Contestation of Identity.” Religion, Identity, and Reconciliation conference, Emory University Graduate Division of Religion, Atlanta, March 31, 2001.
General Islamic Studies:
- Conference mini-paper: “A Relational, Recursive, Eschatological and Sacrificial Model for the Humanities.” Harvey Fellows Symposium “Christ in the Culture 2017,” Wheaton, Illinois, September 16, 2017.
- Software: Principal researcher in Discourse Map software development partnership with Exaptive, Inc., and University of Oklahoma Libraries, 2015–2016.
- Conference presentation: “A Customizable Exaptive ‘Xap’ for Charting Currents of Islamic Discourse across Multiple Bibliographic and Full Text Datasets.” Third Annual Islamic Digital Humanities Conference, “Distant Reading and the Islamic Archive,” Middle East Studies Program, Brown University, October 16, 2015.
- Book chapter: “Sacrificial Listening: Christians, Muslims, and the Secular University.” In Faithful Is Successful: Notes to the Driven Pilgrim, ed. Nathan Grills, David E. Lewis, and S. Joshua Swamidass, 213-243. Denver: Outskirts Press, 2014.
- Review of Camilla Adang, Maribel Fierro, and Sabine Schmidtke, eds., Ibn Ḥazm of Cordoba: The Life and Works of a Controversial Thinker (Leiden: Brill, 2013). Islamic Law and Society 21 no. 4 (2014): 453-459.
- Translation: “Suyūṭī on the Occasions of Revelation.” In Islamic Theological Themes: A Primary Source Reader, ed. John Renard, 51–58. Oakland: University of California Press, 2014.
- Translation: “ʿAbd al‑Jabbār on Rational Interpretation of Scripture.” In Islamic Theological Themes: A Primary Source Reader, ed. John Renard, 58–65. Oakland: University of California Press, 2014.
- Reference article: “Religious Beliefs.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics, ed. Emad El‑Din Shahin, vol. 2, 321–337. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
- Essay for a general audience: “Islamic Law: A Long Work in Progress.” The Army Chaplaincy, Winter-Spring 2009, 65-68.
- Reference article: “Naẓẓām, al‑.” In The Encyclopedia of Religion, Second Edition, ed. Lindsay Jones, vol. 9, 6444-6446. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005.
- Editorial board member, International Journal of Pesantren Studies, 2016–present.
- Tenure & Promotion Advisory Committee, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oklahoma, 2016–2018.
- Committee A, University of Oklahoma Religious Studies Program, 2014-2018.
- Faculty Appeals Board, University of Oklahoma Faculty Senate, 2013–2018.
- Associate Editor for religion and philosophy, Review of Middle East Studies, 2013–2016.
- Support of Teaching and Research Committee, University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, 2014.
- Employee Benefits Committee, University of Oklahoma, 2013–2014.
- Harvey Fellows Advisory Board, 2010–2014.
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships peer review panel (Religious Studies II), 2011.
- Ed Cline Faculty Development Award ($1600), University of Oklahoma Faculty Senate, 2017. For workshop on “The Arabic Manuscript: Codicology, Paleography, and History” in Tunis.
- Senior Faculty Summer Fellowship ($7500), University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, 2015. For research and conference presentations in Indonesia and Germany.
- Presidential International Travel Fellowship ($2000), University of Oklahoma, 2015. For research and conference presentations in Indonesia and Germany.
- Fulbright Senior Scholar Award ($22,750), U.S. Department of State and American Indonesian Exchange Foundation, Spring 2013, State Islamic University (UIN) Sunan Kalijaga in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
- Faculty Recognition Award for Exceptional Achievement in Research and Creative Activity ($5000), University of Oklahoma Vice President for Research, Fall 2012.
- Honors Research Assistant Program ($900), University of Oklahoma Honors College, Fall 2012, for student assistance with an article on the use of scriptures across religious lines in colonial India.
- Honors Research Assistant Program ($600), University of Oklahoma Honors College, Fall 2011, for student assistance with a textbook chapter on boundaries and interactions between religious groups.
- Honors Research Assistant Program ($600), University of Oklahoma Honors College, Spring 2011, for student assistance with an encyclopedia article and textbook chapter on Islamic theology.
- Faculty Enrichment Grant ($1107), University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, 2010, for purchase of manuscript copies and editions of al‑Juwaynī’s works for A Critical Introduction to Islamic Legal Theory.
- Junior Faculty Summer Fellowship ($6000), University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, 2010. For drafting A Critical Introduction to Islamic Legal Theory.
- Faculty Enrichment Grant ($1200), University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, 2010, for assistance with index to The Formation of Islamic Hermeneutics.
- Junior Faculty Research Program grant ($6000), University of Oklahoma Vice President for Research, summer 2009. For revisions to The Formation of Islamic Hermeneutics.
- Faculty Enrichment Grant ($870), University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, 2009. For obtaining copies of manuscripts of apocryphal Arabic “Psalms of the Muslim David.”
- Junior Faculty Summer Fellowship ($6000), University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, 2008. For completing the first draft of The Formation of Islamic Hermeneutics.
- Faculty Enrichment Grant ($1000), University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, 2007-2008. For research assistance with book manuscript The Formation of Islamic Hermeneutics.
- Junior Faculty Research Program grant ($6000), University of Oklahoma Vice President for Research, summer 2007. “Ẓāhirī Legal Hermeneutics from al‑Naẓẓām (d. 836) to Ibn Ḥazm (d. 1064).”
- Faculty Enrichment Grant ($1000), University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, 2006-2007. For development of a new course on Muslim-Christian Interactions.
- National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend ($5000), Summer 2006. “God’s Performative Speech: Abū Yaʿlā (d. 1065) and the Origins of Authoritarian Hermeneutics in Islamic Law.”