Yushau Sodiq

Associate Professor of Religion and Islamic Studies
Beasley Hall 314 | 817-257-6439

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Ph.D., Temple University, Islamic law (1991)
MA, Temple University, Religious Studies (1988)
MA, University of Medina, Islamic law, Saudi Arabia (1980)
BA, University of Medina, Islamic law, Saudi Arabia (1976)

Courses Taught

Understanding Religion: Communities: Discovering Other Faiths
Introduction to Islam
Islam in America
African Traditional Religion
Senior Seminar in Religion

Areas of Focus

Islamic studies, Islamic law, Islam in America, African Traditional Religion

A History of the Application of Islamic Law in Nigeria. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

An Insider’s Guide to Islam. Indianapolis: Trafford Publication, 2010

“Islamic Communities in the United States: Issues of Religion and Political Identity” in Contemporary Perspectives on Religions in Africa and the African Diaspora, edited by Ibigbolade S. Aderibigbe and Carolyn M. Jones Medine. (England: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015): 259-274.

“Isma`il al-Faruqi and Ijtihad” in Islam and Knowledge: Al-Faruqi’s Concept of Religion in Islamic Thought. Edited by Imtiyaz Yusuf. New York: I. B. Tauris, 2012, pp. 127- 137.

“Nigerian Civil Government and the Application of Islamic Law” a chapter in Religion, Conflict, and Democracy in Modern Africa, edited by Samuel K. Elolia. Princeton Theological Monograph Series. (Oregon: Pickwick Publication, 2012); pp.342-371.

“Islam in Africa” in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to African Religions, edited by Elias Kifon Bongmba. (UK: West Sussex, A John Wiley and Sons Inc., Publications, 2012); 323-337.

“Muslim Perception of Christians and Christianity in Nigeria,” in Fractured Spectrum: Perspectives on Christian-Muslim Encounters in Nigeria,” edited by Akintunde E. Akinade. New York: Peter Lange, 2010, pp. 147-157.

“Nation of Islam” in Religion and Violence: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict from Antiquity to the Present, edited by Jeffrey Ian Ross. (New York: M.E. Sharpe, Inc., 2011); pp. 488-493.

“Muslims and Christians in Yorubaland: Unavoidable Neighbors” in A New Day: Essays on World Christianity in Honor of Lamin Sanneh, edited by Akintunde E. Akinade. (New York: Peter Lang, 2012)

“ISIS and the Future of Terrorism in the Middle East,” paper presented at the American Academy of Religion, Southwest Regional Conference, Dallas, March 13, 2015.

“The Importance of Marriage in Islam,” paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council of Nigerian Muslim Organizations in USA, held at Chicago, December 24-28, 2015.

“Mental Health and Religion: The Case of Muslims with Mental Health Issues in Nigeria.” Paper presented at the annual AAR conference in San-Diego, California on November 22, 2014 (section A22-315) at African Religions Group Section.

“How do Africans respond to Global Islamophobia?” Paper presented at AAR African Association for the Study of Religions (P23-302) at the annual AAR conference in Baltimore on November 23, 2013.

“The role of Islamic law in the New Arab Spring Countries: Egypt, Libya and Tunisia,” paper presented at the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, AAR Comparative and Asian Studies section in Dallas on March 9-10, 2013.

“Islam in West Africa,” paper presented at the Annual Nigerian Youth Program (Platform), at Miami, Florida on December 24, 2013.

“Islam and West African Muslims in Diaspora: The Nigerian and Senegalese Case.” Paper presented at the AAR (American Academy of Religion) national conference in Chicago on November 17, 2012. (A17-110).

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Muslim Social Scientists
  • Islamic Society of North America
  • Nigerian Arabic Teachers Association and Islamic Studies (NATAIS) African Association for the Study of Religion, USA
  • Member of the Steering committee for African Religions
  • Group of the American Academy of Religion from 2011-14.
  • Chairman, Institute of Medieval and Post Medieval Studies, Dallas for 2012-2014.
  • Outreach program coordinator of the Association of the Muslim Social Scientists in Dallas/Fort Worth areas
  • Coordinator for the religious programs for the Platform of the Nigerian National Council of Nigerian Muslim Organizations in the USA from 2010- present.