Announcement: AAR Elects New JAAR Editor
January 25, 2010
Dear AAR Members:
I am delighted to announce that Professor Amir Hussain has been appointed to a five-year term (2011–15) as editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. Although his appointment does not yet formally begin, he will transition into the role during the current year as he reviews articles to be published during his upcoming term.
Hussain is Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, the Jesuit University in Los Angeles, California. He holds the PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Toronto and his areas of scholarly interest include the study of Islam and comparative religions. He is the author of Oil and Water: Two Faiths, One God (Wood Lake Books). He is editor of the third edition of the forthcoming textbook World Religions: Western Traditions, (Oxford University Press), and coeditor-in-chief (along with Rick Talbott) of the forthcoming Cascade's History of Religions Series (Wipf and Stock). He also serves on the editorial boards of the Springer book series Global Networks: Contemporary Studies in Muslim Communities and of three journals: Comparative Islamic Studies, the Journal of Religion, Conflict, and Peace, and Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life. Professor Hussain has been an active member of the AAR, having served on our Research Grants Jury and the Centennial Advisory Committee. Over the years he has chaired the Contemporary Islam Group and the Religion, Film, and Visual Culture Group, and he has served on the Steering Committees of the Religion in South Asia Section and the Study of Islam Section. To assist him in his work as JAAR Editor, Loyola Marymount University has made generous arrangements to provide a fitting home for the JAAR editorial office and will provide Professor Hussain with research assistance and release time.
Hussain succeeds Charles Mathewes, whose term as Editor began in 2006 and will conclude at the end of 2010. In his opening “Editor’s Note,” Mathewes set out “to contribute to the deep understanding of our world and the religious traditions and movements that play so large a part in it.” And indeed he has, publishing thoughtful coverage of, among other topics, the future of religion, religion and secrecy, religion in Africa, and religion in nature.
The AAR thanks the members of JAAR Editor Selection Committee — Francis X. Clooney, S.J. (Chair), Kimberly Rae Connor, Rosalind I. J. Hackett, John Kelsay, and Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan — for their judicious and fruitful work.
I am confident that Professor Hussain will prove a wonderful successor to Professor Mathewes, and I am sure that AAR members will join me in wishing him the best in this important new post.
American Academy of Religion