Martin Forward, PhD

Martin ForwardProfessor of History
Office Location: Dunham 213
Phone Number: 630-844-6869
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Teaching Philosophy
I was fortunate to be taught by professors with a sense of humor and a disciplined imagination, who taught me to critically evaluate evidence, yet always be open to mystery and wonder. They also liked most of their students, and loved teaching and mentoring them. I have tried to follow their example.

PhD - University of Bristol, UK (Religious Studies)
MLitt with distinction - University of Lancaster, UK (Islamic Modernism in India)
MA - University of Cambridge, UK (Theology and Religious Studies)
BA - University of Manchester, UK (History)

Areas of Specialization
South Asian History and Religion
African Traditional Religion
Inter-religious History and Encounter

Courses Taught
Trajectories of Human History
Africa in World History
India since 1500
The Ancient Mediterranean World
Senior Seminar in History

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
Authored or edited nine books, some translated into Spanish and Russian.
Most recently:  The Nature and the Name of Love: religion for the contemporary world, Peterborough: Epworth, 2008. Also, numerous articles and essays

Program maker and presenter for the BBC World Service radio: “Gods, guides, and gurus”; and, “Missionaries”

Honorary member of the Islamic Association of Singapore

Teape seminars, University of Cambridge, U.K., 1999

Teape Lecturer, University of Delhi, India, 2002

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Senator 2014