Philosophy and Religion

Herbert Berg, Professor

Herbert Berg

Office: Leutze Hall 217
Phone: (910) 962-3701
E-mail: bergh@uncw.edu

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Centre for the Study of Religion - University of Toronto
  • M.A., Centre for the Study of Religion - University of Toronto
  • B.A., Religious Studies / Middle Eastern Studies - University of Waterloo
  • B.Math., University of Waterloo

Areas of Expertise

  • Islam
  • International Studies
  • Method and Theory in the Study of Religion

Recent Publications

  • Elijah Muhammad. Makers of the Muslim World, edited by Patricia Crone. Oneworld Publications, 2013.

  • "Failures (of Nerve?) in the Study of Islamic Origins." Failure and Nerve in the Study of Religion: Working with Donald Wiebe, edited by William E. Arnal, Willi Braun, Russell T. McCutcheon, 112-128. London: Equinox, 2012.

  • "The Essence of Essentializing: A Critical Discourse on 'Critical Discourse in the Study of Islam'." Method & Theory in the Study of Religion 24 (2012):1-20.

  • "Elijah Muhammad." In Oxford Bibliographies in Islamic Studies, edited by Tamara Sonn. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

  • "Nation of Islam." In Oxford Bibliographies in Islamic Studies, edited by Tamara Sonn. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

  • "The Needle in the Haystack: Islamic Origins and the Nature of the Early Sources." In The Coming of the Comforter: When, Where, and to Whom? Studies on the Rise of Islam in Memory of John Wansbrough, edited by Basile Lourié, Carlos A. Segovia, Alessandro Bausi, 299-330. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgia Press, 2012.

  • "Elijah Muhammad's Redeployment of Muhammad: Racialist and Prophetic Interpretations of the Qur'ān." Transmission and Dynamics of the Textual Sources of Islam: Essays in Honour of Harald Motzki, edited by Nicolet Boekhoff-van der Voort, Kees Versteegh, and Joas Wagemakers, 321-345. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2011.

  • Elijah Muhammad and Islam. New York: NYU Press, 2009.

Courses Taught

  • INT 105 Introduction to International Studies
  • INT 490 Senior Seminar in International Studies
  • INT 292 Intensive Arabic I
  • INT 292 Intensive Arabic II
  • PAR 103 Introduction to Religion
  • PAR 103 Introduction to Religion (Learning Community)
  • PAR 230 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • PAR 232 Asian Religions
  • PAR 325 Psychology of Religion
  • PAR 342 Evil and Suffering
  • PAR 343 Atheism and Unbelief
  • PAR 375 Introduction to Islam
  • PAR 376 Judaism
  • PAR 400 Philosophy, Religion, and Sex
  • PAR 495 Fundamentalism
  • PAR 495 The Qur'an in Translation
  • AM 317 America and Islam
  • FLL 292 Intensive Arabic for Reading
  • HONS America from the Outside
  • SHS 210 The Mind and the Body
  • GLS 510 Religion and Sex
  • GLS 520 Atheism and Unbelief
  • GLS 592 Evil and Suffering
  • GLS 592 Islam and America

Awards

  • 2013 Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award
  • 2012 Distinguised Teaching Professorship Award
  • 2012 Board of Trustees Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2011 The Office of International Programs: Global Citizenship Grant
  • 2007, -10 & -11 Discere Aude Award for outstanding efforts in student mentoring.
  • 2006 The Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award