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Jerusha Tanner Lamptey


Assistant Professor of Islam and Ministry


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Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Ph.D., Theological and Religious Studies (2011)
M.A., Theological and Religious Studies (2010)

Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences, Leesburg, VA

M.A., Islamic Studies (2004)

The American University, Washington D.C.

B.A., Anthropology and Religion (1997)

School for International Training, Accra, Ghana

Ghana -  Arts and Culture Program (1996)


Professor Jerusha T. Lamptey earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Religion with a focus on traditional West African religious practices at American University in 1997. From 2000 to 2002, she researched interreligious interaction as a Fulbright Scholar in Ghana. She received an M.A. in Islamic Sciences at the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Leesburg, VA in 2004, and her Ph.D. in Theological and Religious Studies with a focus on Religious Pluralism at Georgetown University in 2011. Before joining the Union faculty in July of 2012, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University, where she taught courses on Islam, the Qur’an, feminist theology and philosophy of religion.

Dr. Lamptey’s first book, Never Wholly Other: A Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013), explores the Qur’anic discourse on religious ‘otherness’. In this book, she draws upon feminist theology and semantics to offer a novel re-interpretation of the Qur’anic discourse that challenges notions of clear and static religious boundaries by distinguishing between and illuminating the complexity of multiple forms of religious difference. Her other publications include “Embracing Relationality and Theological Tensions: Muslima Theology, Religious Diversity, and Fate” in Between Heaven and Hell: Islam, Salvation, and the Fate of Others (Oxford Univ. Press, 2013); “Lateral and Hierarchical Religious Difference in the Qur’an,” in Understanding Religious Pluralism (forthcoming 2013); “John Paul II and Islam” in The Interfaith Theology of John Paul II (forthcoming 2013); “From Sexual Difference to Religious Difference: Toward a Muslima Theology of Religious Pluralism” in Muslima Theology: The Voices of Muslim Women Theologians (Peter Lang, 2013); “‘Mapping’ the Religious Other: The Second Vatican Council’s Approach to Protestantism,” (Journal of Ecumenical Studies 45:4 [Fall 2010]); and “Mysticism in African Thought” in New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (Scribner & Sons, 2004).

Dr. Lamptey has presented papers at the American Academy of Religion, the Middle East Studies Association, the International Symposium on Islam, Salvation and the Fate of Others, and Georgetown University’s Understanding Religious Pluralism Conference. She has taught numerous public classes on Islam, cross-cultural and religious diversity, and cultural arts at organizations including the Smithsonian Institution, the Kennedy Center, the American Association of University Women, and Migrant Head Start. Her research focuses on theologies of religious pluralism, comparative religion, and feminist theology.


Women, Islam, and Interpretation (Spring 2015)

Religions in the City (Spring 2015)

Islam and Religious Diversity (Fall 2014)

Qur'an: Engaging a Sacred Text (Fall 2014)

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