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Professeure Lynda Clarke, PhD

Professor, Religions and Cultures

Office: S-FA 301 
FA Annex,
2060 Mackay
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2076
Availability: Fixed hours: TBA
Until 1 June, 2017, write for an appointment
From 1 June, 2017, write for an appointment

Lynda Clarke joined the Department of Religions and Cultures in 1998 after having held positions in the Department of Religion at Bard College, New York, and  Department of Asian and Middle East Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include Shiism, women, law (especially in relation to gender), and Islam in the West, and she works chiefly in the geographical regions of the Arab Middle East and Iran. Her current focus in the area of Shiism is on Sunni-Shiite relations. Recent publications include “‘Aql (Reason) in Modern Shiite Thought: The Example of Muḥammad Jawād Maghniyya” in Essays in Islamic Philology, History, and Philosophy (Berlin, 2016) and “Belief and unbelief in Shīʿī thought” in Encyclopedia of Islam, (Brill, 2017).Prof. Clarke’s 2013 Women in Niqab Speak (,the first study of women wearing face veils in the West, will be followed by"Unveiled Muslim Women, Views and Voices", for which field work ispresently underway.  


PhD (McGill University)

Research interests

Shiism, Sunni-Shiite relations
Women and Islam
Islamic Law
Islam in the West



Regional traditions

Religions of Iran (Shiite Islam)

Field areas

Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Contemporary Religions and Popular Culture

Selected publications

Shiite Heritage: Essays in Classical and Modern Traditions (edited and translated with five introductory essays). Binghamton, NY: Global/SUNY Press, 2001.

"Faith and Unfaith in Pre-Occultation Shiism: A Study in Theological and Social History". In Islam and Other Religions. Edited by I. Omar. London: Routledge, 2006, pp. 97-112. Originally published in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations 15:1 (January 2004), 109-123.

"Fundamentalism and Shiism" and "Fundamentalism, Khomeinism and the Islamic Republic of Iran". In Fundamentalism: Perspectives on a Contested History. Edited by S. Wood and D. Watt. University of South Carolina Press, 2012.

"Hijab According to the Hadith: Text and Interpretation." In The Muslim Veil in North America: Issues and Debates. Toronto: Women's Press, 2003, pp. 214-286.

"Women in Islam" & "Two Muslim Women in North America". In Women and Religious Traditions. Edited by P. Dickey-Young, et al. Oxford University Pres: 1st edition, 2004; 2nd revised edition, 2010, pp. 193-224 & 322-28; 3rd edition, revised and expanded, 2013.

"Iddah" [Wife's dower: law]. In Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, 2009.

L. Clarke & P. Cross. Muslim & Canadian Family Law: A Comparative Primer. Canadian Council of Muslim Women, Canada, 2006. Translated as Lois musulmanes et canadiennes de la famille, 2007.

"Asking Questions about Shariah: Lessons from Ontario". In Debating Shariah: Islam, Gender, Politics and Family Law Arbitration. Edited by J. Selby and A. Kortweg. University of toronto Press, 2012, pp. 153-191.

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