Dr. Matthew Kuiper


Religious Studies

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Religious Studies
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • Ph.D., Islamic Studies, 2016, University of Notre Dame


  • REL 210: Paths of World Religions
  • REL 350: Islam
  • Other courses on Islam TBD

Professional experience

Select Publications:

  • Kuiper, Matthew J., Da'wa and Other Religions: Indian Muslims and the Modern Resurgence of Global Islamic Activism (London and New York: Routledge, 2018).
  • Kuiper, Matthew J., "The Roots and Achievements of the Early Proto-Sunni Movement: A Profile and Interpretation." The Muslim World 104:1 (Jan/Apr 2014), 71-88.
  • Kuiper, Matthew J., "Pentecostalism in India: A Review of Recent Literature and Historiographical Suggestions for the Future." Indian Church History Review 47:2 (Dec. 2013), 91-117.
  • Kuiper, Matthew J., "Zakir Naik: A Different Kind of Jihadist." Open Magazine, July 7, 2017.

Research and professional interests

  • Early and Classical Islam, the Qur'an
  • Islam in Modernity, Da'wa (Islamic mission)
  • Inter-Religious Relations, The Indian Subcontinent
  • Non-western Christianities, Pentecostalism

Awards and honors

  • Shaheen Award for Outstanding Ph.D. graduate in Humanities, University of Notre Dame, May 2017
  • Notre Dame Presidential Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences, 2011-2016
  • Mellon Initiative on Religion across the Disciplines Summer Research Stipend, 2015
  • Louisville Institute Doctoral Fellowship, 2013-2015