Curriculum Vitae

Ingrid Mattson

Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario
1349 Western Road, London, ON N6G 1H3 Canada

Present Position

London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies
Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

Previous Position

Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT: Director of the Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations; Founder and former Director of Islamic Chaplaincy Program; Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations; Associate Editor of The Muslim World.


University of Chicago, Ph.D., Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, 1999
University of Waterloo, B.A. (joint honors), Philosophy & Fine Arts, 1987


  • Professor, Huron University College, 2012-current
    Courses: Classical Islamic Thought, Islamic Thought, Culture and Practices, Islamic Ethics, Interpreting the Qur’an.
  • Professor, Hartford Seminary, 1998-2012
    Graduate level courses taught include: Introduction to Islamic Law, Contemporary Islamic Ethics, Islamic Ritual and Family Law, The Life of the Prophet Muhammad, Early Islamic History, The Qur’an and its Place in Muslim Society, Tafsir, Current State of Hadith Studies, Readings in Hadith, Readings in Arabic Texts, Readings in Islamic Theology, The Spirituality of Muslim Women, Building Abrahamic Partnerships (co-taught).
  • Visiting Professor, Osgoode Law School, Toronto, Winter, 2003
    Course: Legal Values: Introduction to Islamic Law.
  • Lecturer, Oriental Institute, the University of Chicago, 1997
    Developed and taught course: Early Islamic Culture, to Institute members.
  • Teaching Assistant, Dept. of NELC, the University of Chicago, 1994-1995
    Assistant for courses: Islamic Civilization and Elementary Arabic.

Academic Publications

  • The Ethical Muslim (in development).
  • “How to Read the Qur’an,” for The Harper Collins Study Qur’an, ed. S.H. Nasr (article completed, book forthcoming).
  • “The Islamic View of Consumption and Material Development in the Light of Environmental Pollution,” in Islam, Christianity and the Environment, Mabda English Monograph Series no. 9 (Amman, Jordan: Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, 2011), 1-17.
  • “Zakat in America: the Evolving Role of Charity in Community Cohesion,” published by the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, 2010; also available at:
  • “Heaven’s Gate: How Muslim Women Open or Close Doors for Their Sisters,” in Portraits of Women in Islam: Comparative Perspectives and Challenges, ed. Sue Sanders, Conference Proceedings (Chicago: Saint Xavier University, 2009); also available at:
  • The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life, (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).  Revised 2nd edition completed, release scheduled for February 2013.
  • “Debating Form and Function in Muslim Women’s Leadership,” in Portraits of Women in Islam: Comparative Perspectives and Challenges; conference proceedings November 10-11, 2006 (Chicago: St. Xavier University Center for Religion and Public Discourse, 2009), 61-72.
  • “Women, Gender and Family Law:  Early period 7th-late 18th centuries,” in Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures, v. 2, ed. Suad Joseph (Leiden and Boston:  Brill, 2005).
  • “Adoption and Fostering,” in Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures, v. 2, ed. Suad Joseph (Leiden and Boston:  Brill, 2005).
  • “Mosques and Islamic Religious Organizations,” in The Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America, (Leiden:  Brill, 2005).
  • “How Muslims use Islamic Paradigms to Define America,” in Religion and Immigration:  Christian, Jewish and Muslim Experiences in the United States,  eds. John L. Esposito, Yvonne Y. Haddad and Jane I. Smith (Altimira Press, 2003).
  • “Status-Based Definitions of Need in Early Islamic Zakat and Maintenance Laws,” in Concepts of Poverty and Charity in Middle Eastern Contexts, eds. Michael Bonner, Mine Ener and Amy Singer (SUNY Press,  2003): 31-51.
  • “Stopping Oppression:  an Islamic Obligation,” in September 11:  Historical, Theological and Social Perspectives, eds. Ian Markham and Ibrahim Abu-Rabi’ (Oxford:  Oneworld Publications, 2002).
  • “Hunayn,” in The Encyclopedia of the Qur’an, ed. Jane Dammen McAuliffe (Leiden: Brill, 2001).
  • “Manual Labor’” in The Encyclopedia of the Qur’an, ed. Jane Dammen McAuliffe (Leiden:  Brill, 2001).
  • “Forgiveness and Enemies—Qur’an 60:7-9,” in Peace Skills (Leaders Guide), eds. Alice Frazer Evans and Robert Evans with Ronald S. Kraybill (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2001).
  • A Believing Slave is Better than an Unbeliever:  Status and Community in Early Islamic Society and Law, 1999 University of Chicago doctoral dissertation.

General Interest Publications

  • “Look to Those Who Have Less” (A talk for the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition of Minnesota’s “Day on the Hill,” February 3, 2009):
  • “A Call for Moral Leadership: Imagining a New Heroism (a reflection on the 2007 Pew Research Center report about Muslims in America):
  • “Respecting the Qur’an (Geertz Wilders, Muslims and Pluralism):
  • “Discovering (not uncovering) the Spirituality of Muslim Women,” Zion’s Herald, July/August 2005:
  • “Eating in the Name of God,”
  • “The Axis of Good:  Muslims Building Alliances with other Communities of Faith,”
  • “Spain and Islam: a stormy history,” The Hartford Courant, March 21, 2004.
  • “Dignity and Patient Care: an Islamic Perspective,” in The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, published on the web-site July 17, 2002.
  • “Finding the Prophet in His People,” published December 18, 2002 on PBS web-site in conjunction with launch of documentary, Muhammad:  Legacy of a Prophet
  • “Muhammad Still Worthy of Emulation without Visualization,” Dallas Morning News, November 9, 2002.
  • “Finding the Voice of Islam,” in From the Ashes: Spiritual Responses to the Attack on America, ed. by Beliefnet, Neale Donald Walsch and Desmond Mpilo Tutu (Rodale Press, 2001).
  • “Justice in Islam,” The Hartford Courant, October 21, 2001.
  • “Islamic Law is Not the Monolithic Thing that Many Imagine,” Dallas Morning News, November 17, 2001.

Book and Conference Reviews

  • Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law by Khaled Abou El Fadl (Cambridge University Press, 2001); published in The Muslim World (Fall, 2005).
  • Review of al-Mawardi’s al-Ahkam al-Sultaniyya (The Ordinances of Government) for The Journal of Law and Religion (Fall, 2001).
  • Review of Wilfred Madelung, The Succession to Muhammad:  A Study of the Early Caliphate in The Journal of Religion, April, 1998.
  • Review of Yale Law School Conference, “Law, Culture and Human Rights:  Islamic Perspectives in the Contemporary World,” in The American Journal of Islamic Social Science, 11/3 (Fall 1994):  446-450.
  • Review of the Yale University Conference, “Islamic Law and Religion,” in The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, 10/4 (Winter 1993):  575-578.

Selected Academic Presentations

  • “Protecting “Natural Goodness”: the Collective Obligation,” at Chicago Theological Seminary, May, 2012
  • “Disciplining Good Intentions,” R.T. Orr Lecture at Huron University College of the University of Western Ontario,” March, 2012
  • “Counterculturalism and the Formation of American Muslim Identity” at Tufts University, February, 2011
  • “The Mosque as a Cultural Institution in America” at University of Minnesota, February, 2011
  • “Loving the Neighbor in Islam,” at Yale Divinity School Conference “Loving God and Neighbor in Word and Deed: Implications for Christians and Muslims;” July, 2009.
  • “Framing Muslim Women: Islam, Gender and Human Rights in the Global Media,” Muhlenberg College, April 2008
  • “Gender, Society, and Change:  Ethics of Reform in Islamic Law,” Wesleyan University, November, 2007
  • “Kitchener in the Middle East: Selective History, the Construction of Identity and Prospects for a Peaceful Future,” Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, ON (2007)
  • “Knowing and Not-Knowing: the Psycho-Spiritual State of the Muslim Ethicist,” Pennsylvania State University, December, 2006.
  • “Representing Orthodoxy: Muslim Chaplains and Expert Witnesses at the Intersection of Political and Religious authority,” Russell Lecture, Tufts University, March, 2005.
  • “The Risks and Benefits of Resorting to ‘Necessity’ in Islamic Jurisprudence,” 2003 Or Emet lecture, Osgoode Law School, York University, Toronto, January, 2003.
  • “Muslim Women and Islamic Law:  Possibilities, Limits and Challenges,” William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, April, 2002.
  • “The Best of Intentions:  the Politics of Foreign Aid for Afghan Women Refugees,” University of Illinois at Chicago, March, 2002.
  • “Gender and Authority in Islam,” Depauw University, Indiana, October, 2001.
  • Al-Ma`ruf:  Revelation’s Sanction of Customary Standards,” paper presented at the Middle East Studies Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, November, 2000.
  • “Issues for Muslim Women,” lecture at the University of Westminster, London, conference on “Islamism, Pluralism and Civil Society,” April, 1999 (transcript published in Islam 21).
  • “Between al-Shafi`i and Abu Dharr:  Islamic Law and Ethics on the Status of Slaves,” lecture at the Harvard Law School, workshop on “Egalitarianism and Islamic Law,” April, 1999.
  • “Slave Mothers: The Process of the Legal Recognition of the Status of the Umm Walad in Early Islamic Society,” paper presented at the Chicago Humanities Institute, 1997.
  • “Islamic Calligraphy:  Sacrality and Identity,” lecture at the Chicago Cultural Institute, 1997.
  • “What ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab Ate (Symbolic Poverty in Early Islamic Society),” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, 1996.
  • “The Sufriyya in History and Heresiography,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, 1994.

Sample of Presentations to the Public, Clergy, and Professional Groups

  • Delivered the annual Kellogg Lectures on “What it means to be an observant Muslim in America” and “The Current State of Christian-Muslim Relations” at the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, 2012.
  • Series of three lectures with Rabbi Burt Visotzky and Dr. Serene Jones on “Tragedy,” “Mourning,” and “Healing” delivered at St. Paul’s Chapel, NYC for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, 2011
  • Presentation at El Ser Creativo in Malaqa, Spain, 2012
  • “Embracing Change: Communicating Faith in Today’s World,” at the Religion Communication Congress 2010
  • Panel on Islamic Law, New York City Bar Association, 2010
  • Presenter at “La Cuidad de las Ideas,” Pueblo, Mexico, 2008
  • “The Development of the Field of Islamic Chaplaincy,” address to the annual meeting of the American Theological Library Association, 2007
  • Presenter at “ideaCity,” Toronto, 2007
  • Workshop for judges of the Connecticut Superior Court at their annual education forum (2007)
  • Panels discussing “The Procreation Choice” and “Dignity” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, (2007)
  • “Teach-in” on prisoners in U.S. custody at Guantanamo at Seton Hall Law School, October, (2006)
  • Presenter at conference “Exploring the Dynamics of Militant Extremism,” NORAD-USNORTHCOM, Colorado Springs, CO, February, 2005.
  • Workshop on “Islam and America,” SSRC journalists institute, NYC, 2004
  • “Creativity and Ijtihad,” at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC, March, 2004.
  • “Improving Care by Including Spiritual Concerns,” presentation for American Society for Clinical Oncology annual meeting, 2003
  • Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Washington, DC, 2002
  • “Death and Dying in the Islamic Tradition” at an interfaith symposium sponsored by Congregation Emanu-El in New York City, 2001

Public Service, Boards, and Related Experience

  • Member, Faith-based Advisory Council, U.S. Department of Homeland Security 2012
  • Senior Fellow, Aal Al Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Amman, Jordan (appointed, 2010; Fellow since 2005)
  • Interfaith Taskforce of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, 2009-2010
  • President, Islamic Society of North America (2006-2010)
  • Vice-President, Islamic Society of North America (2001-2006)
  • Council of Global Leaders of the C-100 of the World Economic Forum (2008)
  • Leadership Group, U.S.-Muslim Engagement (USME) Project (2007-2008)
  • Board of Directors, Nawawi Foundation, Chicago, IL  (2000-present)
  • Advisor to PBS film project, Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet (2001-2002)
  • Advisor to the Afghan delegation at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, thirty-ninth session, New York, (March 15—April 4, 1995)
  • Director of Projects for Afghan Refugee Women (CIDA grant), Peshawar, Pakistan, 1987-1988
  • Gives frequent public lectures on Islam at religious and educational institutions; often consulted as expert in the field by research groups, print, radio and television media

Academic Awards and Fellowships

  • Doctor of Law, honoris causa, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 2012
  • Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, Chicago Theological Seminary, 2012
  • Wisam al-Istiqlal (Medal of Independence) of the First Order for contributions to the field of Islamic Studies, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, 2010
  • Chicago Humanities Institute, Sawyer Seminar on Religion, Law and the Construction of Identities, Graduate Fellowship, 1996-1997
  • Milners America Scholarship, 1995-1996
  • American Association of University Women, International Fellowship, 1993-1994
  • University of Chicago Century Scholarship, 1989-1992
  • University of Waterloo, Dean’s List, 1987
  • University of Waterloo, Art History Essay Award, 1986
  • University of Waterloo, French Department, Prix d’excellence, 1985

Community Recognition

  • Certificate of Appreciation presented by Muslim Sisters United of the Islamic Center of Greater Hartford, 2012
  • Muslim American Contribution Award presented by the Stanford University Muslim Student Awareness Network, 2011
  • El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Award, presented by the Washington Academic Leadership Institute, the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association and the Muslim Social Network, January 19, 2009.
  • Dr. Betty Shabbaz Award, presented by Women in Islam, NYC, 2007


Arabic:  excellent reading knowledge; good speaking ability.
French:  excellent reading knowledge; fair speaking ability.
Persian and German: limited reading ability.

Professional Memberships

Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics
Middle East Studies Association
American Academy of Religion
Middle East Medievalists