Specialty: Formation of Islamic civilization, especially 7th to 12th centuries in the Arab world.
Office Hours Spring 2013: By appointment
I joined UVic History in 2000 as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria, a position which I vacated in 2010. My PhD dissertation from McGill University (1981) was on the Quranic “occasions of revelation” material. My research into the formative period of Islamic civilization in the Arab world, as well as the history of the Qur’an and its interpretation, has resulted in numerous publications, a selection of which are collected in my book The Qur’an and its interpretative tradition published in 2001. I am also the author of the textbook Muslims, their religious beliefs and practices, first published 1990 and now appearing in its 4th edition. I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006.
Muslims, their religious beliefs and practices, volume 1: The formative period. London, New York: Routledge, 1990; volume 2: The contemporary period. London, New York: Routledge, 1993. Single volume 2nd edition 2001, third edition 2005, fourth edition 2012 (released 2011)
The Qur’an and its interpretative tradition. Aldershot: Variorum, 2001
Textual sources for the Study of Islam. Andrew Rippin and Jan Knappert, translators and editors. Manchester: Manchester Universitry Press, 1986. Reprinted University of Chicago Press, 1990.
Classical Islam: a sourcebook of religious literature. Norman Calder, Jawid Mojaddedi, and Andrew Rippin, co-authors/editors. London: Routledge, 2003.
Quranic studies: sources and methods of scriptural interpretation, by John Wansbrough, with foreword, translations, and expanded notes by Andrew Rippin. Amherst NY: Prometheus Press, 2004.
(editor), Approaches to the history of the interpretation of the Qurʾān. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988.
(editor), The Qurʾan: formative interpretation. Aldershot: Ashgate/Variorum, 1999.
(editor), The Qur’an: Style and Contents. Aldershot: Ashgate/Variorum, 2001.
(editor), Blackwell Companion to the Qur’an. Oxford: Blackwell, 2006.
(editor), Defining Islam: A Reader. London: Equinox, 2007.
(editor, with Khaleel Mohammed), Coming to Terms with the Qurʾan: A Volume in Honor of Issa Boullata, McGill University. North Haledon, NJ: Islamic Publications International, 2008.
(editor), The Islamic World. London: Routledge, 2008.
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