Brett Wilson

Position: 
Associate Professor
Rank: 
Associate Professor

Brett Wilson's research and teaching explore modernization and religious transformation in the Muslim world with a focus on Turkey and the late Ottoman Empire. His research interests include print history, the cultural history of translation, Sufism, Qu'ranic studies and intellectual life in the Muslim world. He is the author of Translating the Qur’an in an Age of Nationalism: Print Culture and Modern Islam in Turkey (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Academic Employment

Associate Professor, Central European University, Department of History and School of Public Policy 2016-

Associate Professor (tenured), Macalester College, Department of Religious Studies 2015-

Assistant Professor, Macalester College, Department of Religious Studies 2009-15

Publications

Books
Wilson, M. Brett. Translating the Qur’an in an Age of Nationalism: Print Culture and Modern Islam in Turkey (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters

Wilson, M. Brett. "The Twilight of Ottoman Sufism: Antiquity, Immorality, and Nation in Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoğlu’s Nur Baba," International Journal of Middle East Studies (Forthcoming 2017).

Wilson, M. Brett. “Translations of the Qur’an: Islamicate Languages,” in The Oxford Handbook of Qur’anic Studies, ed. M.A. Haleem and Mustafa Shah, vol. 4 (Oxford University Press, Forthcoming).

Wilson, M. Brett. “Ritual and Rhyme: Alevi-Bektashi Interpretations and Translations of the Qur'an (1953-2007),” Journal of Qur'anic Studies 17:3, pp. 75-99.

Wilson, M. Brett. “The Optional Ramadan Fast: The Debate over Q. 2:184 in the Early Turkish Republic,” in The Meaning of the Word: Lexicology and Tafsīr. Ed. Stephen Burge (Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 351-371.

Wilson, M. Brett. “The Failure of Nomenclature: The Concept of ‘Orthodoxy’ in the Study of Islam,” in Orthodoxy and Heresy in Islam: Critical Concepts in Islam. Ed. Maria Isabel Fierro (Oxon: Routledge, 2013), pp. 153-176.

Wilson, M. Brett. “The First Translations of the Qur'an in Modern Turkey (1924-1938),” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 41 no. 3 (2009), pp. 419-435.

Wilson, M. Brett. “The Failure of Nomenclature: The Concept of ‘Orthodoxy’ in the Study of Islam,” Comparative Islamic Studies, 3 no. 2 (2007[2009]), pp. 169-194. Encyclopedia

Wilson, M. Brett. “Women, Gender, and Women's Religious Education: Turkey” in Encyclopedia Of Women & Islamic Cultures, Volume IV: Economics, Education, Mobility and Space, ed. Suad Joseph (Leiden: Brill, 2006), pp. 9-10.


Academic Degrees

PhD, Religious Studies, Duke University
MA, Religious Studies, Duke University