Michael Calabria, OFM, PhD
is a Franciscan friar and founding director of the Center for Arab and
Islamic Studies at St. Bonaventure University (www.sbu.edu/CAIS). He
holds a BA in Near Eastern Studies (Johns Hopkins), an MA in Egyptology
(Brown University), an M. Div/MA in Theology (Washington Theological
Union), and a PhD in Islamic Studies (University of Exeter, UK).
Professor Calabria teaches courses on Islam, the Qur’an,
Christian-Muslim Relations, Middle Eastern History, Islamic Art and
Architecture, and Women in the Middle East.
Rev. Dr. Calabria served as a consultant for the 2017 film about St. Francis in Egypt titled: The Sultan and the Saint (Unity Productions Foundation), and for the 2012 film: In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan: a Model for Peacemaking (Franciscan Media). Among his most recent articles are: “The Unorthodox Orthodoxy of Shah Jahan: a Reassessment of His Religiosity” (South Asia, Sept. 2018), “Shah Jahan and Taṣawwūf” (Festschrift for Paul Jackson, SJ, 2018),
“By the Book: Women as Calligraphers and Patrons of the Qur’an” (2018)
and “Seeing Stars: Islamic Decorative Motifs in the Basilica of St.
Francis” (Betti Editrice, 2017).
Fr. Michael also serves as the Special Assistant for Dialogue with Islam for the Order of Friars Minor.