Nathan French

Contact Information

photo of Nathan French200E Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-4305
Office Hours (Fall 2021):
Wednesdays, 2:30-5:30


Associate Professor
Comparative Religion


PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
AM, Washington University in St. Louis
BA, Centre College


Housed in the Department of Comparative Religion, Dr. French teaches courses on various topics related to Islamic Studies, Middle East Studies, and comparative approaches to law and violence. 

Within the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies, Dr. French is affiliated with International Studies and the Middle East and Islamic Studies minor.

He also serves as the Director for the Miami in Oman and UAE study abroad program.


Dr. French's research interests closely parallel his teaching interests. His research background is in Islamic law, Islamic legal theory, Islamic theology, and contemporary Middle East history. Within these, Dr. French's research explores how contemporary Jihadi-Salafi movements, such as al-Qa'ida and ISIS, appropriate and re-interpret Islamic law and theology for their sociopolitical projects.

He is presently completing his monograph, And God Knows the Martyrs: Theodicy, Violence, and Asceticism in Jihadi-Salafism.

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