Amir Hussain is a scholar of religion who specializes in the study of Islam. He has done significant publishing work with Oxford University Press, including editing the fifth editions (2018) of two of their main textbooks, World Religions: Western Traditions[1] and World Religions: Eastern Traditions,[2] and the third edition of A Concise Introduction to World Religions.[3]

Amir Hussain
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ResidenceLos Angeles
NationalityCanadian / American
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
ThesisThe Canadian face of Islam: Muslim communities in Toronto (2001)
Academic work
DisciplineIslam, interfaith dialog
InstitutionsCalifornia State University, Northridge
Loyola Marymount University


Early and personal lifeEdit

Born in Lahore, Pakistan, and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Hussain received a Ph.D. and M.A in the study of religion from the University of Toronto.[4] He speaks fluently in four languages, including: Arabic, English, French, and Urdu.[5]

Hussain is a lifelong fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Montreal Canadiens.[6]


Before moving to LMU, Hussain has taught as an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Northridge.

A proponent of interfaith dialogue, Professor Hussain has published over 60 scholarly articles or book chapters on Islam and Muslims. He has lectured in academic arenas around the world, and appeared on several television programs, most notably Politically Incorrect[7] with Bill Maher and The Tavis Smiley Show.[8] He is a consultant for The Story of God with Morgan Freeman.

Professor Hussain is also a senior editor for religion for Oxford Handbooks Online.[9] Prior to his edited textbooks, he wrote Muslims and the Making of America, published in 2016 by Baylor University Press.[10] From 2011 to 2015 he was the editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the flagship journal for the study of religion.[11] He is also on the editorial boards of four other scholarly journals for the study of religion. In 2005, he joined the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, the Jesuit university in Los Angeles.[12] He has written numerous scholarly articles on Islam and Muslims, and is recognized as an authority on Islam in North America. He is a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities.[13]


  • Oil and Water: Two Faiths, One God, (Wood Lake Books, 2006)
  • A Concise Introduction to World Religions, third edition (Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • Muslims and the Making of America, (Baylor University Press, 2016)
  • World Religions: Western Traditions, fifth edition (Oxford University Press, 2018)
  • World Religions: Eastern Traditions, fifth edition (Oxford University Press, 2018)


  1. ^ Amir Hussain; Roy C. Amore; Willard Oxtoby, eds. (2018). World Religions: Western Traditions (5th ed.). p. 480. ISBN 9780190877064.
  2. ^ Willard G. Oxtoby; Roy C. Amore; Amir Hussain, eds. (2018) [2015]. World Religions: Eastern Traditions. Religious Studies Review (5th ed.). Rice University. p. 448. doi:10.1111/rsr.12250_6. ISBN 9780190875435.
  3. ^ Willard G. Oxtoby; Roy C. Amore; Amir Hussain (eds.). Concise Introduction to World Religions. Oxford University Press Canada. ISBN 9780199002818.
  4. ^ "Amir Hussain's Web Page". Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  5. ^ "Amir Hussain". Loyola Marymount University. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  6. ^ Drew Kaplan (2015-02-25). "Talk on Muslims in America Provides Some Historical Context". Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  7. ^ (2001-09-26). "Politically Incorrect - Season 9, Episode 18: Lynn Redgrave, Robert Young Pelton, Eric McCormack, Amir Hussain". Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  8. ^ webmaster. "Tavis Smiley - Amir Hussain/Catherine Russell". KET. Archived from the original on 2014-11-06. Retrieved 2013-01-18.
  9. ^ "Religion Oxford Handbooks Online". Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  10. ^ Amir Hussain (2007). Muslims and the Making of America (11 B&W photos and 7 illustrations ed.). p. 142. ISBN 9781481306232.
  11. ^ Amir Hussain (2012-12-04). "Oxford Journals". Journal of the American Academy of Religion. Retrieved 2019-04-19.
  12. ^ "About Our Faculty". Archived from the original on 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2013-01-18.
  13. ^ "USC Libraries :: Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities". University of Southern California. Archived from the original on 2013-05-15. Retrieved 2013-01-18.