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Martyn Oliver Director, Arab World Studies Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative

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(202) 885-2943 (Office)
CAS - Philosophy and Religion
Battelle Tompkins - T16
Wednesday 1:00pm-3:00pm, Friday 9:00am-11:00am, and by appointment
Additional Positions at AU
Director, Arab Studies
Undergraduate Religious Studies Advisor
PhD, Boston University; BA, University of Puget Sound

Languages Spoken
Arabic, French, German (basic reading and conversation)
Martyn was born and raised in southern Minnesota. In addition to Washington State and Boston, his studies also took him to Scotland, Lebanon, Austria, and Morocco. His work explores the construction of religious identity, particularly how Western literature depicts Islam and Muslims. His current research addresses how the development of the academic study of religion was influenced by culture.
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Arab World Studies
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Dr. Martyn Oliver: 10 Things Every Undergrad Should Know About Religion

In a new piece posted on, Professor Martyn Oliver speaks on some conceptual hurdles faced by undergraduates in their first exposure to the academic study of religion.
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