Paul Heck

Paul L. Heck is founding director of The Study of Religions across Civilizations (SORAC): You can all visit his blog: www.paulheck./org Paul L. Heck, Professor of Islamic Studies in Georgetown University’s Department of Theology, received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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His scholarly interests focus on the history of skepticism in Islam, mysticism and the role of spirituality in Muslim society, views on martyrdom in the three monotheist traditions, the phenomenon of theo-humanism, the emergent field of comparative scripture, and issues in political theology. Some of these themes were treated in Common Ground: Islam, Christianity and Religious Pluralism (2009). His most recent monograph is Skepticism in Classical Islam: Moments of Confusion (2013). His work overall, looking at three faith traditions through a single if refracted lens, seeks to bring sharper insight to our knowledge of the phenomenon of beliefs and their role in scholarly circles and society in general. Please see CV for details.