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D'Silva, Patrick Joseph Lecturer


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research overview

  • Mr. D'Silva's research past and present research interests include inter-faith dialogue as initiated by Muslim communities within the U.S., freedom of thought and belief as expressed the Qur’an (and developed within subsequent tafsir literature), and (most recently) developing a pedagogy for Arabic language courses that integrates Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) with various regional dialects (especially Egyptian and Syrian). Mr. D'Silva also brings his experience in the commercial language services industry, where he has worked since 2005 as a freelance Arabic translator and project manager.


  • arabic language pedagogy, colloquial and standard arabic integration, commercial translation work, translation of the qur'an, translation as social agency


courses taught

  • RLST 3040 - The Quran
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Examines how Christian constructions of religion and scripture have shaped Muslim understandings of the Quran and marginalized other views with a much longer history. Helps students appreciate how this process of marginalization is negotiated and explores the Quran from other perspectives including sound, performance, embodiment, and occultism. By highlighting marginalized approaches to the Quran, it promotes a better understanding of how social and religious differences are shaped by different political legacies. Previously offered as a special topics course.
  • RLST 3070 - Islamic Mysticism: Ibn Arabi, Rumi, and the Sufi Tradition
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Introduces students to the philosophical, literary, and musical traditions of Islamic Mysticism or Sufism. Figures covered include: Rumi, Hallaj, Ibn Arabi, Mulla Sadra, Ghazali, Hafez, Ibn al-Farid, Ghalib, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Students will learn how Islamic Mysticism differs across cultural contexts and how it compares to other mystical traditions.