Jeffrey Kenney

Jeffrey T. Kenney is Walter E. Bundy Professor of Religious Studies at DePauw University. He received his Ph.D. in religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he specialized in Islamic sectarianism, modern Islamist movements, and history of religions. His research focuses on modern Islam in Egypt and the greater Middle East, with particular interest in Islamism, religion-state relations, and the ways Islam is being functionalized to address changing values. He recently coedited, along with Ebrahim Moosa, Islam in the Modern World (Routledge 2014). His research on the Kharijites, the first sectarian movement in Islamic history, resulted in several publications on the discursive reinvention of the sect in modern Egypt, including Muslim Rebels: Kharijites and the Politics of Extremism in Egypt (Oxford 2006). He is currently working on material gathered during a Fulbright research award to study the teaching of comparative religion in Malaysia (2012-2013).