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.