Curriculum vitae

 

David R. Vishanoff
University of Oklahoma, Religious Studies Program
731 Elm Ave., Robertson 119, Norman, OK 37019
(405) 325-1150
vishanoff at ou dot edu
vishanoff.com

EDUCATION

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.

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.

TEACHING

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.

SCHOLARSHIP

Islamic Hermeneutics:
  • Edited volume in press: Islamic Law and Ethics. Herndon, VA: International Institute of Islamic Thought, forthcoming in 2018.
  • Peer–reviewed book chapter in press: “The Ethical Structure of Imām al-Ḥaramayn al-Juwaynī’s Legal Theory.” In Islamic Law and Ethics, ed. David R. Vishanoff. Herndon, VA: International Institute of Islamic Thought, forthcoming in 2018.
  • 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 [2016]): 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 [2014]. 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.
  • Lectures and conference presentations:
Interreligious Hermeneutics / Muslim Biblical Studies:
General Islamic Studies:
  • Conference presentation: “So Many Books, So Little Time: Using Algorithms to Map the Landscape of a Discourse.” David Vishanoff and Dave King. Bibliotheca Alexandrina / SIMAR Conference “Big Data Analytics—Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice,” Cairo, November 12, 2018.
  • 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.
  • Summer school participant: “Le manuscrit arabe: codicologie, paléographie et histoire” at the Bibliothèque nationale de Tunisie, Tunis, July 10–14, 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.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • Book review editor, Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations, 2018–present.
  • 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.

FUNDING

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship ($50,400), July 2018–June 2019. “Psalms of the Muslim Prophet David: Arabic Edition and English Translation.”
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship ($22,184), July 2018–June 2019. “Psalms of the Muslim Prophet David: Edition, Translation, and Analysis.”
  • Exceptional Achievements in Research Recognition Program ($10,000), University of Oklahoma Vice President for Research, 2018.
  • Ed Cline Faculty Development Award ($1600), University of Oklahoma Faculty Senate, 2017. For summer school “Le manuscrit arabe: codicologie, paléographie et histoire” 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.
  • Exceptional Achievements in Research Recognition Program ($5000), University of Oklahoma Vice President for Research, 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.”