assistant director, MRB Radio
Kristian Petersen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. His intellectual interests include Theory and Methodology in the Academic Study of Religion, Critical Islamic Thought, Muslims in the West, Literary and Institutional Sufism, Chinese Religions, Human Rights, and Media Studies. He is host of the New Books in Religion and New Books in Islamic Studies podcasts. He currently serves on the steering committee for the Contemporary Islam Group at the American Academy of Religion and is co-organizer of THATCamp “The Humanities and Technology Camp” at the American Academy of Religion annual meetings. He specializes in the development of Islam in China and Sino-Islamic intellectual history. His publications can be found in Modern Asian Studies, Journal of Sufi Studies, Philosophy East and West, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, and Oxford Islamic Studies Online. His first book, The Great Transformation: Pilgrimage, Scripture, and Language in the Islamic Intellectual Tradition of China, is currently under review. His next book, The Treasure of the Heavenly Scripture: Translating the Qur’an in China, is under contract with Oxford University Press.