Ruqayya Yasmine Khan is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies. Born in Pakistan, with her childhood in Kenya, Africa, she and her family moved to the US when she was a young girl. Dr. Khan received all her education on the East Coast. She undertook her graduate training at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received both her M.A. and Ph.D. She also has spent time studying at the American University of Cairo in Egypt. Prior to her arrival at Trinity University in 2003, Dr. Khan was a Visiting Asst. Professor first at Swarthmore College and then subsequently at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
In the Spring of 2009 Dr. Khan conducted major research in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) as a Fulbright Fellow at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, University of Sarajevo. Dr. Khan teamed up with a Bosnian colleague there to design a survey assessing Muslim youth attitudes toward religion. They applied this instrument in a two-stage process, which generated raw data contained in over 1,000 student surveys from public schools in BiH’s capital city, Sarajevo. Dr. Khan and her Bosnian colleague are in the process of analyzing this data and publishing it.
Dr. Khan’s research interests include Arabic Literary Studies, Qur’anic Studies, Psychology of Religion, Progressive Islamic Theologies as well as Religion & Childhood. Her article, "'The Chambir of My Thought': Self and Conduct in a Ninth-Century Arabo-Islamic Ethical Treatise," was recently published in History of Religions (Aug., 2009 vol. 49, no.1), and her book Self and Secrecy in Early Islam was published in September, 2008 with the University of South Carolina Press (Studies in Comparative Religion, Frederick M. Denny, General Editor). Among the articles and book chapters she has published are the following: "'The Child on Loan': Childhood, Children and Adolescents in Islamic Studies," in Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality: Perspectives from the World's Religious Traditions, November, 2005; "On the Significance of Secrecy in the Medieval Arabic Romances," Journal of Arabic Literature, January, 2001; “Sacrifice and Substitution in the Classical Arabic Love Story of al-Muraqqish al-Akbar," History of Religions, August, 1999.
At Trinity University, Dr. Khan has taught Religion and Childhood; Islam, Judaism and Christianity; The Islamic Tradition; Islamic Literatures; Women in Islam; The Qur'an.
Dr. Khan is a member of American Academy of Religion, and advisor for The Center for Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence.