Shari Lowin, associate professor of religious studies, Stonehill College
Lowin does research on comparative aspects of early Islamic and rabbinic intellectual thought, focusing mainly on scriptural exegesis. Her book, The Making of a Forefather: Abraham in Islamic and Jewish Exegetical Narratives (2006), traces the mutual influences the traditions exerted upon one another as each created the forefather Abraham in their own image. Her current project, Sex and God, examines the use of Biblical and Qur`anic characters made by erotic poetry-writing Jewish and Muslim religious scholars in medieval Andalusia. At Stonehill, she teaches various courses on Islam and Judaism.