Juan Campo

Juan E. Campo is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara.  He specializes in the comparative study of Islam, particularly in the Middle East and South Asia, with an emphasis on sacred space, pilgrimage, popular religious practices, and political Islam. His most recent book is the Encyclopedia of Islam, a one-volume reference work.  His book, The Other Sides of Paradise:  Explorations in the Religious Meanings of Domestic Space in Islam, won the American Academy of Religion’s Award for Excellence in 1991.  He has published articles on the hajj, death and afterlife beliefs and practices in Islam, Middle Eastern culinary cultures, and issues in contemporary Islam in edited volumes and leading reference works published by Brill, Oxford University Press, and Macmillan.  He is currently writing a book about modern Muslim, Hindu, and Christian mass pilgrimages in comparative perspective.

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