Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Toledo

Religious Studies Faculty

Dr. Yonatan Miller, Ph.D.
Philip T. Markowicz Assistant Professor of Judaism and Jewish Biblical Studies
Director: Center for Religious Understanding, UH 4700D, MS 966

Dr. Ovamir AnjumOvamir Anjum, Ph.D.
Imam Khattab Endowed Chair of Islamic Studies,                                                                                                                               
Office:UH 4630C, MS:966

Ovamir Anjum is the Imam Khattab Endowed Chair of Islamic Studies at The University of Toledo in Philosophy & Religious Studies Department, and affiliated faculty in History. He earned his PhD in Islamic intellectual history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in history, and has a master's degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago, as well as a master's degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Anjum's work focuses on the nexus of theology, ethics, politics, and law in classical and medieval Islam, with comparative interest in Western thought. His book, "Politics, Law and Community in Islamic Thought: The Taymiyyan Moment" (Cambridge University Press, 2012) has been received internationally and translated into Turkish and Arabic. He brings this historical knowledge to bear on issues in contemporary Islamic thought and movements. He has authored numerous articles published in academic journals and contributes to think tanks globally kie the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. and International Institute of Islamic Thought in Virginia, and Christian-Muslim Building Bridges Seminar at Georgetown University, and has recently presented at Center for Islam and Global Affairs in Istanbul, Hamad Khalifa University in Qatar, and Center for Ethics at Harvard University. He is the editor of the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences. He externally advises graduate students in Egypt, Turkey, and in the U.S. at Georgetown and elsewhere. His forthcoming works include a monograph on ISIS and the future of Islam, one on a general survey of heroic action in Islamic history, an edited volume on psychology, Madarij al-Salikin (Ranks of Divine Seekers), which upon completion would be the largest single-author translation of an Arabic text.

Dr. Feldmeier
Peter Feldmeier, Ph.D.
Murray/Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies
Office:UH 4630B, Mail Stop:966

Peter Feldmeier is the Murray/Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Toledo.  He received his Ph.D. in Christian Spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley (1996).  His areas of interest are: (1) Christian Spirituality; (2) Comparative Theology; (3) Buddhist-Christian dialogue; and (4) Religious Mysticism. He is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America; the College Theology Society; The Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality; and the American Academy of Religion.  

REL 1220 World Religions, REL 2410 Introduction to Christian Thought, REL 3420 Christian Ethics, REL 3500 Eastern Thought, REL 3900 Christian Marriage, REL 4610 Christian Spirituality and Mysticism, REL 4610 Suffering and Evil, REL 4680 Mysticism

Christianity Looks East: Comparing the Spiritualities of John of the Cross and Buddhaghosa (Paulist 2006)
The Developing Christian: Spiritual Growth through the Life Cycle (Paulist 2008)
The Path of Wisdom: A Christian Commentary on the Dhammapada (Peeters/Eerdmans 2011) 
Encounters in Faith: Christianity in Interreligious Dialogue (Anselm 2011)
Dhammapada: The Way of Truth (Buddhist Publications Society 2013)
The God Conflict: Faith in the face of New Atheism (Liguori 2014) 
The Christian Spirituality: Lived Expressions in the Life of the Church (Anselm Academic 2015)
The Christian Tradition: A Historical and Theological Introduction (Oxford University Press  2017) 
The Lotus and the Cross: Experiments in Buddhist-Christian Encounter (Orbis 2019) 

Dr. Diller
Jeanine Diller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Program on Religious Studies
University Hall 4660, MS 966
University of Toledo
2801 W. Bancroft
Toledo, OH  43606 (best way to reach me)
419-530-6187 (my office, rings to my email if I don't answer), 419-530-6190 (department office)
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Jeanine Diller is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Toledo, with a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan specializing in philosophy of religion. She teaches and researches in philosophy of religion and religious studies, concentrating especially on the nature of ultimate reality, the diversity of traditional and secular views of religion, and the power of religion to change the world for ill and for good. She co-edited Models of God and Other Alternative Ultimate Realities  (Springer 2013), authored several articles, and served as a Fellow in the American Academy/Luce Seminar on Comparative Theology and Theologies of Religious Pluralism. She has also engaged in poverty reduction work in the federal legislative, state executive, and international and local non-profit sectors. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband and two sons.

Courses: Philosophy of Religion (PHIL/REL 3750), World Religions (REL 1220 and new hybrid version), Religion, Violence & Community (PHIL 4900/5920, REL 4980, LST 4900)
Last Updated: 6/27/22