2018 Conference Presenter

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Michael Calabria, OFM, PhD

Michael Calabria, OFM, PhD is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure University in NY He has a BA in Near Eastern Studies (Johns Hopkins University), an MA in Egyptology (Brown University), an M.Div/MA in Theology (Washington Theological Union), and a PhD in Islamic Studies (University of Exeter, UK). He teaches courses on Islam, Christian-Muslim Relations, Middle Eastern History, Islamic Art and Architecture, and Women in the Middle East. He served as a consultant for the 2017 film about St. Francis in Egypt titled: The Sultan and the Saint, and for the 2012 film: In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan: a Model for Peacemaking. Among his recent publications are: “By the Book: Women as Calligraphers and Patrons of the Qur’an” (forthcoming, 2018), “Seeing Stars: Islamic Decorative Motifs in the Basilica of St. Francis” (2017), “The Flowering of India: a Mughal Manifesto for Environmentalism” (2017). In addition to his academic work, Michael serves as the Special Assistant for Dialogue with Islam for the Order of Friars Minor. He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and India, and speaks widely on Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, and is an annual presenter at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, PA.