Professor Martyn Oliver, PhD

Professor Martyn Oliver
  • American University
  • Boston University
The Qur'an is an endlessly fascinating, complicated, often misunderstood text. It is also a beautiful, moving text full of moments of tenderness, authority and mystery.

Martyn Oliver is a Senior Professorial Lecturer at American University, where he also serves as the director of the Undergraduate Religious Studies and Arab World Studies programs. He received his B.A. in Religion from the University of Puget Sound and his Ph.D. in Religion and Literature from Boston University. In 2015, he was the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

As a scholar of religion and Islam, Dr. Oliver has published widely in both academic and popular publications. He is recognized for his expertise on Islam in American culture, and he has had speaking engagements with the U.S. Department of State and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Dr. Oliver has also made media appearance on CBS and NPR. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the president of the American Religion and Literature Society.

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  1. Introduction to the Qur'an Sale

    Introduction to the Qur'an

    Martyn Oliver
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    88% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Despite the fact that nearly 25 percent of the world’s population is Muslim, misinformation and ignorance about Islam and its place in the world continue to thrive, and the result has been a great deal of conflict and confusion. Often, much of what is misunderstood about Islam is the result of a lack of information—and some dangerous and prolific myths. To combat these myths and to appreciate the complexity of...
  2. (SET) Understanding the Old Testament & Introduction to the Qur’an Set

    (SET) Understanding the Old Testament & Introduction to the Qur’an

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    What do the Old Testament and the Qur’an have in common? Ponder the intersection of these two spiritual books with help from this eye-opening two-course set. In Understanding the Old Testament, join a leading biblical scholar and archeologist for an enthralling look at the historical, religious, and literary significance of the Hebrew Bible. Then, in Introduction to the Qur’an, follow the history of this...
  3. (SET) Introduction to the Qur’an & The Ottoman Empire Set

    (SET) Introduction to the Qur’an & The Ottoman Empire

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $504.90 Starting at $504.90 $584.90 $504.90$584.90
    In this two-course set, discover the many ways Islamic culture has influenced millions of lives around the world. Take a multifaceted approach to the Qur’an and its 1,400-year history, from its origins as a revelation to Muhammad to its role in the establishment of Islam as a world religion, in Introduction to the Qur’an. Then, investigate the nature of Ottoman identity, the achievements (and oddities) of the...
  4. (SET) Introduction to the Qur’an & The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age Set

    (SET) Introduction to the Qur’an & The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Get an insightful, illuminating introduction to the Muslim faith in this two-course set. First, take a multifaceted approach to the Qur’an and its 1,400-year history, from its origins as a revelation to Muhammad to its role in the establishment of Islam as a world religion, in Introduction to the Qur’an. Then, in The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age, discover how the philosophers, scientists,...
  5. (SET) Introduction to the Qur’an & Turning Points in Middle Eastern History Set

    (SET) Introduction to the Qur’an & Turning Points in Middle Eastern History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $504.90 Starting at $504.90 $584.90 $504.90$584.90
    Sharpen your knowledge of Middle Eastern affairs with this two-course set that blends religious studies with historical inquiry. First, in Introduction to the Qur’an, take a multifaceted approach to the Qur’an and its 1,400-year history, from its origins as a revelation to Muhammad to its role in the establishment of Islam as a world religion. Then, in Turning Points in Middle Eastern History, explore a...
  6. (SET) Introduction to the Qur’an & Sacred Texts of the World Set on sale

    (SET) Introduction to the Qur’an & Sacred Texts of the World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $463.00 Starting at $70.90 $574.90 $70.90$574.90
    Explore the fascinating history and enduring power of the world’s most profound spiritual texts in this two-course set. First, in Introduction to the Qur’an, take a multifaceted approach to the Qur’an and its 1,400-year history, from its origins as a revelation to Muhammad to its role in the establishment of Islam as a world religion. And in Sacred Texts of the World, examine the scriptures of Christianity,...
  7. (SET) Understanding the New Testament & Introduction to the Qur’an Set

    (SET) Understanding the New Testament & Introduction to the Qur’an

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Enjoy two well-rounded introductions to spiritual texts that have changed the nature of faith—and the course of history. In Understanding the New Testament, examine the 27 books of the Christian Bible—and the authors and the world in which they were created—through a historian’s eye. And in Introduction to the Qur’an, follow the history of this remarkable book from its origins as a revelation to Muhammad...
  8. (SET) Introduction to the Qur’an & Cultural Literacy for Religion Set

    (SET) Introduction to the Qur’an & Cultural Literacy for Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Gain a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for, Islam and other faiths from around the world in this two-course set. First, take a multifaceted approach to the Qur’an and its 1,400-year history, from its origins as a revelation to Muhammad to its role in the establishment of Islam as a world religion, in Introduction to the Qur’an. Then, gain fresh insights into the history, theology, and culture of...