Samuel J. Ross

Assistant Professor
Religion
Beasley Hall 312

s.ross@tcu.edu | 817-257-6449

Education

Ph.D., Yale University, 2018
MA, Yale University, 2014
BA, University of Virginia, 2002

Courses Taught

Understanding Religion: Texts and Ideas: The Qur’an
Islam

Areas of Focus

Islam
Qur’anic Studies and Qur’an Commentary Literature
Modern Islamic Thought

The Biblical Turn in the Qur’an Commentary Tradition. Winner of the British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS) – De Gruyter Prize in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World (2019). Currently revising with plans to publish with De Gruyter. http://www.brais.ac.uk/prize

Kitāb al-naḥw wa-l-ṣarf: al-mustawā al-rābiʿ (Advanced Classical Arabic Grammar and Workbook). Samuel Ross, et al. Qasid Arabic Institute. Amman: 2009. 189 pp.

Kitāb al-naḥw wa-l-ṣarf: al-mustawā al-thālith (Intermediate Classical Arabic Grammar and Workbook). Samuel Ross, et al. Qasid Arabic Institute. Amman: 2008. 151 pp.

Kitāb al-naḥw wa-l-ṣarf: al-mustawā al-thānī (Beginning Classical Arabic Grammar and Workbook). Samuel Ross, et al. Qasid Arabic Institute. Amman: 2007. 247 pp.

“Is the Bible an Islamic “Scripture?” Expanding the Interpretive ‘Canon’ in Modern Tafsir.” Paper at the Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Irving, Texas, March 10, 2019.

The Importance of Ottoman Tafsīr: A Codicological Perspective.” Paper for the Symposium, “Ottoman Tafsīr: Scholars, Works, Problems.”İstanbul Araştırma ve Eğitim Vakfı (Istanbul Foundation for Research and Education), Istanbul, Turkey, December 15, 2018.

“How Representative is the Corpus of Digitized Arabic Qur’an Commentaries of the Tafsīr Tradition? A Typological, Chronological, and Codicological Assessment.” Paper for the international conference, “Whither Islamicate Digital Humanities? Analytics, Tools, Corpora,” at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam, December 14, 2018.

“Rethinking Women in the Qur’an after the Biblical Turn.” Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Irving, Texas, March 10, 2018.

“What Were the Most Popular Qur’an Commentaries in Islamic History? An Assessment of the Manuscript Record and the State of Tafsīr Studies.” The Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Boston, Massachusetts, November 21, 2017.

“The Archaeology of Knowledge and the Knowledge of Archaeology: The Grappling of Modern Qur’anic Exegetes with the New Historiography of the Ancient Middle East.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 2016.

“A Survey of Tafsīr Evidence for Medieval Muslim Engagement with the Bible.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Orientalist Society, March 2016.

“Explaining the ‘Turning Point’ in Muslim Biblical Scholarship: Why Did al-Biqāʿī (1406 – 1480) Decide to Use the Bible to Interpret the Qur’an?” Paper at a joint session of the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, November 2014.

American Academy of Religion

British Association for Islamic Studies

International Qur’anic Studies Association

American Academy of Religion, Steering Committee member Qur’an Group (Study of Islam Section)

TCU Research and Creative Activities Award, 2019

Professor of the Month, Alpha Delta Pi, Texas Christian University, March 2019