Dean of Faculty


Dr. Christopher Taylor

Vice President Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

Dr. Taylor has joined Habib University from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, where he served on the faculty since 1991. He has also served as Professor of Islamic Studies and Chair of the Department of History at Drew University.

Alongside his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Taylor has also served as the Dean of College of Liberal Arts at Drew between 2014 and 2017. He is also the Founding Director of the Drew University Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict. Previous to his appointment at Drew, Dr. Taylor served for one year as the Acting Executive Director of the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and as the Dean of Calhoun College and Instructor of Near Eastern Studies at Yale University.

Dr. Taylor received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, and holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Taylor’s research and scholarship deal with the social history of religion in the medieval Islamic world and the crisis of religious leadership in the contemporary Islamic world. He is the author of In the Vicinity of the Righteous: Ziyara and the Veneration of Muslim Saints in Late Medieval Egypt (Brill, 1999), and a number of articles on aspects of popular piety in Islam. He is currently working on a study about the social construction of moral imagination in the medieval Islamic world. Dr. Taylor has lived and travelled extensively in the Middle East and he has directed 15 Drew International Seminars in Egypt, Israel and Yemen. His extensive publication record is complemented by numerous academic honors and grants, as well as regular speaking engagements at educational, civic and religious organizations and platforms.