Dr. Richard McGregor is Associate Professor Associate Professor of Religion and Islamic Studies at Vanderbilt University. His most recent publication is the book appearing in 2020 with Cambridge University Press, Islam and the Devotional Object: Seeing Religion in Egypt and Syria. Prior to that, his books include a critical Arabic edition and English translation of The Case of the Animals versus Man before the King of the Jinn (Oxford, 2009), in collaboration with Lenn Goodman, as well as his 2004 monograph, Sanctity and Mysticism in Medieval Egypt: the Wafa’ Sufi Order and the Legacy of Ibn ‘Arabi. His work has received support from the Fulbright Program, the American Academy of Religion, the American Research Center in Egypt, the Getty Foundation, the National German Research Foundation, the French Ministry of National Education, and the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada
Why do scholars of religion have such a variety of incomplete and messy tools to “follow the objects”? Find out with the curious stories of devotional objects from Cairo and Damascus as Candace Mixon speaks with Richard McGregor about Islam and the Devotional object.