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Martyn Oliver

Director, Arab World Studies Department of Philosophy and Religion

Martyn was born and raised in southern Minnesota. In addition to Washington State and Boston, his studies also took him to Scotland, Lebanon, Austria, and Morocco. His work explores the construction of religious identity, particularly how Western literature depicts Islam and Muslims. His current research addresses how the development of the academic study of religion was influenced by culture.


PhD, Boston University; BA, University of Puget Sound

Languages Spoken
Arabic, French, German (basic reading and conversation)
CAS - Philosophy and Religion
Battelle Tompkins - 1st Floor
Battelle T33: Fridays Noon-2pm and by appt
Contact Info
(202) 885-2943

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  • Summer 2016

  • Fall 2016

    • UCOL-100 Univ College Washington Lab: Religion Without Borders
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