Mahan Mirza

Professor of the Practice, Contending Modernities

4153 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

(574) 631-1223
mmirza@nd.edu

Mahan Mirza


Areas of expertise: Islamic studies in relation to science, scripture, education, history, and politics


Mahan Mirza is the lead faculty member for the Contending Modernities project, funded by the Templeton Foundation. The project’s goal is to advance scientific and theological literacy in madrasa discourses in India.

Mirza holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. from Hartford Seminary, and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Yale University.

From 2013-2016, Mirza served as dean of faculty at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California, America’s first accredited Muslim liberal arts college. He has taught courses in Arabic-Islamic studies, western religions, and the history of science, along with foundational subjects in the liberal arts including logic, rhetoric, law, astronomy, ethics, and politics to students at California State-Chico and Yale.

Mirza edited two special issues of The Muslim World and served as assistant editor for the Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought.