Natana DeLong-Bas, visiting assistant professor in the Theology Department, has made her mark not only as a teacher at BC, but also in the greater world as a specialist in Islam. She has gained international accolades for her work, which focuses on Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism, Islamic thought and history, Islam and politics, and contemporary jihadism, including Al-Qaida.
DeLong-Bas has written multiple books, including the 2008 Wahhabi Islam: From Revival and Reform to Global Jihad, which was named “1 of the 5 best books for understanding Islam” by The Wall Street Journal. She is also Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women, and Deputy Editor for The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World and Oxford Islamic Studies Online. Her current research, which will be published in September in the Oxford Islamic Studies Online, focuses on major voices countering the jihadist message throughout the Arab world. The research that she is now wrapping up was a joint effort with 162 authors from around the world, with the goal of “providing the historical and contemporary coverage of the roles women have had and continue to play in Islamic tradition,” DeLong-Bas said.