Eleanor Finnegan

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Dr. Eleanor Finnegan

Assistant Professor / Department of Religious Studies / Department of History

edfinnegan@ua.edu
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Ph.D., University of Florida, 2011
209 Manly Hall

Specialties

Courses Taught

  • History of the Modern Middle East (HY 300)
  • Anticipating the Arab Spring
  • Islam (REL 236)
  • Islam and the West (REL 336)
  • Islam and Science (REL 120)

Recent Publications

Chapters in Edited Works
  • “What Traditions are Represented in Religion and Ecology? A Perspective from an American Scholar of Islam,” in Inherited Land: The Changing Grounds of Religion and Ecology, eds. Whitney A. Bauman, Richard R. Bohannon II, and Kevin J. O’Brien (Oregon: Pickwick Publication, 2011): 64-79.
  • “Cultivating Faith: The Relationship between Islam and Sustainable Agriculture in Rural Communities of American Muslims,” in Global Food Insecurity: Rethinking Agricultural and Rural Development Paradigm and Policy, eds. Mohamed Behnassi, Sidney Draggan, and Sanni Yaya (Netherlands: Springer, 2011): 53-62.
  • “Case Study: Images of ‘Land’ among Islamic Farmers in the U.S.,” in Grounding Religion, Re-Thinking Nature: A Field Guide to the Study of Religion and Ecology, eds. Whitney A. Bauman, Richard C. Bohannon II, and Kevin J. O’Brien (New York: Routledge, 2010): 73-77.
Encyclopedia Articles
  • “Agriculture,” in Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History, ed. Edward E. Curtis (New York: Facts on File, 2010): 26-29.
  • “Palestine,” in The Encyclopedia of Environment and Society, ed. Paul Robbins (Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2007).
  • “Sahara Desert,” in The Encyclopedia of Environment and Society, ed. Paul Robbins (Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2007).
  • “Suez Canal,” in The Encyclopedia of Environment and Society, ed. Paul Robbins (Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2007).
Book Reviews
  • Review of “To Love the Wind and the Rain:” African Americans and Environmental History, eds. Dianne D. Glave and Mark Stoll. In Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture 4.1 (2010): 98-99.
  • Review of Islam and Ecology: A Bestowed Trust, eds Richard C. Foltz, Frederick M. Denny, and Azizan Bahauddin. In Islamic Perspective 1.1 (2008): 63-67. **This is a different review than the one in Environmental Ethics.
  • Review of Islam and Ecology: A Bestowed Trust eds, Richard C. Foltz, Frederick M. Denny, and Azizan Bahauddin. In Environmental Ethics 27.1 (2005): 101-104.

Current Projects

  • Presently, she is working on a book manuscript that contains ethnographic data on understudied rural Muslim communities in the United States. Tentatively titled Teachers, Tilling, and Texts: Lived Religion on American Muslim Farms, her manuscript focuses on three American Sufi Muslim groups that have farms. She examines how everyday experiences of creating an agricultural community have led three American Sufi Muslim groups to develop distinctive ways of being Muslim, including ways of valuing and engaging the natural world.
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