Dr. Derryl MacLean is the founding Director of the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures at Simon Fraser University.  A social historian of religion with a concern for the social consequences of religious contact and change, his research spans ‘Abbasid and Fatimid history on the eastern frontier and the initial encounter with Buddhism and Hinduism; early modern millennial, communal, and apocalyptic movements in the Persianate world; and diasporic Muslim communities in the West.  He is the author of numerous scholarly articles, the book Religion and Society in Arab Sind (“Theoretical Studies in Sociology and Anthropology,” E.J. Brill, 1989), and the co-editor of Cosmopolitanism in Muslim Contexts: Perspectives from the Past (Edinburgh University Press, 2013).

Steering Committee

Dr. Luke Clossey

Associate Professor, History

Dr. Adel Iskandar

Assistant Professor, Communication

Dr. Thomas Kuehn

Associate Professor, History

Dr. Paul Sedra

Associate Professor, History

Dr. Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani

Associate Professor, World Literature


Janine-Marie Conrad, Program Assistant

Ataman Avdan, Research Assistant

Ardalan Rezamand, Research Assistant