Matthew Kuiper

Matthew Kuiper
Assistant Professor
Religious Studies


Academic Interests

Matthew Kuiper's scholarship is focused on classical Islam, contemporary Islamic reform and revival movements, the history of Islam in the Indian subcontinent, and Muslim-Christian relations. He is fascinated by the ways religions interact and shape one another, along with the ways they respond to the changes and challenges of modernity.  In his teaching and research, he wants help others gain a deeper understanding of the powerful role religion, Islam in particular, has played in human societies throughout history.

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

  • Kuiper's book, Da‘wa and Other Religions: Indian Muslims and the Modern Resurgence of Global Islamic Activism, is being published this fall by Routledge
  • Winner of the 2017 University of Notre Dame Shaheen Award for outstanding PhD graduate in humanities
  • Kuiper has made academic presentations at meetings of the American Academy of Religion, the International Qur'anic Studies Association, the Notre Dame Islamic Studies Colloquium, and the Notre Dame Colloquium on Religion and History. He has also presented his research at the University of Mumbai, Trinity International University, and other venues in the United States and India.   

Previous Experience

Kuiper lived and worked in South Asia for nearly a decade, and has traveled  throughout the Muslim world. He completed his PhD in Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2016.


Lansing, MI


  • Spending time with family
  • Traveling
  • Outdoor activities

Life Outside the University

Kuiper is married and has 3 children.