Master of Arts in Islamic Religious Studies (MAIRS)

Dr. Connell Monette

I am an Associate Professor of Religious Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI), where I’m also the Associate Director of the Mohammed VI Library, and served prior for three years as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. I hold a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from University of Toronto (2008), and my major areas of research are comparative religion, mysticism, and sacred texts. A Canadian by citizenship, I live with my family in Ifrane. I speak English, French, and Arabic, and love spending time in libraries.

Research interests and expertise:

Comparative religion, Islam, mysticism, mythology, religious law, sacred text, medieval studies, classical studies, Indo-European studies, New Religious Movements, education, library and information studies.

Publications:

Authored books

  1. The Muwatta of Imam Malik: The Official English Translation of the Royal Moroccan Edition (Forthcoming 2016).
  2. Mysticism in the 21st Century, 2nd ed. (Portland: Sirius Academic Press, 2015).
  3. The Medieval HeroA Comparative Study in Indo-European Tradition, 3rd ed. (Portland: Sirius Academic Press, 2012).

Chapters in edited volumes

  1. “Islam on the Nile” in Encyclopedia of Egyptian Culture. Ed. John Shoup. Forthcoming with ABC-CLIO
  2. “Judaism on the Nile” in Encyclopedia of Egyptian Culture. Ed. John Shoup. Forthcoming with ABC-CLIO
  3. “Sufism on the Nile” in Encyclopedia of Egyptian Culture. Ed. John Shoup. Forthcoming with ABC-CLIO.
  4. ‘The Monstrous Hero (or Monster-as-Hero): a Celtic Motif in Contemporary Literature’ in Gablánach in Scélaigecht: Celtic Studies in Honour of Ann Dooley (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2013), 187-197.
  5. ‘Fez in World Literature: an Introduction’ in Proceedings of Fez in World History Conference, Ifrane: AUI Press, 2012.
  6. ‘Kurds’ in Ethnic Groups of Africa and the Middle East (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2011).
  7. ‘Persians’ in Ethnic Groups of Africa and the Middle East (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2011).
  8. ‘Turks’ in Ethnic Groups of Africa and the Middle East (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2011).

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  1. ‘Trigger Factors of Terrorism: Social Marketing Analysis as a Tool for Security Studies – a Moroccan Case Study’, in International Journal of Euro-Mediterranean Studies 3.2 (2011): 233-250.
  2. ‘A Mystery of Revelation: ‘Caedmon’s Hymn’ and the Qur’an 96: 1-5’, in Comparative Islamic Studies 4.1–2 (2010), 149–164.
  3. ‘Moses as Hero in Islamic Tradition’ in Proceedings of Cairo University Symposium: Egypt at the Crossroads: Literary and Linguistic Studies (Cairo: 2010), 589-98.
  4. ‘The Uneasy Path’ in Islamic Horizons 5 (ISNA 2009): 24-25.
  5. ‘Hell and Heroes in Beowulf, the Shahnameh, and the Táin Bó Cúailnge’, The Journal of Indo-European Studies 36 (2008): 99-147.
  6. ‘Indo-European Elements in Celtic and Indo-Iranian Epic Tradition: the Trial of Champions in the Táin Bó Cúailgne and the Shahnameh’, The Journal of Indo-European Studies, 32 (2004): 61-78.

Book reviews

  1. ‘Michael Kelly’s Apophis’ (review) in Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural, Vol. 1 (Fall 2012), pp. 380-383.

Courses taught:

Graduate

  • Dharmic Texts Seminar (2016)
  • Advanced Comparative Religion
  • Mysticism and Sufism
  • Readings in Religious Tradition
  • Islamic Studies Orientation Seminar
  • Islamic Studies Common Colloquium
  • Critical Concepts in Islamic Studies
  • North African Literature

Undergraduate

  • Comparative Religion
  • English Composition I & II
  • Major Works of World Literature
  • North African Literature
  • Celtic Culture Across the Ages
  • University Honors Seminar

Contact information:

School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane
53000 Ifrane
Morocco
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+212 (0) 535 86 24 59
+212 (0) 535 86 29 77 (fax)