Sophia Rose Arjana

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies

Phone: 303-765-3124
Fax: 303-777-0164
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  • B.A. Hawaii Pacific University 1993
  • M.A. Columbia University 1994
  • M.T.S. Emory University 1997
  • Ph.D University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology



Sophia Rose Arjana was appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies for a two- year term, Sept., 2011. Her teaching areas include courses on comparative religion and Islam. Her primary areas of research are monstrous Western representations of Muslim men, Shi’a pilgrimage, and the holy sites associated with these traditions.

Arjana is currently editing her dissertation, “Wicked Skin: Muslim Monsters in the Western Imagination.” Two of her articles on Shi’a pilgrimage traditions and shrine architecture will be published in 2011. The first in Shi’a Studies, a journal published by the Centre for Islamic Shi’a Studies in London, and the second in ARTS: The Journal of the Society of Arts in Religion and Theological Studies. Her current research focuses on the role of shrines in the Shi’a narrative and the association of miracles with these holy sites.

Arjana is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society for Arts in Religion and Theological Studies, the Middle East Studies Association, and the Historians of Islamic Art Association. She has traveled in Morocco, Iran, Syria, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.

Representative courses:

  • Introduction to Islam
  • Sufism
  • Islam and the West
  • Islamic Perspectives on Social Change
  • Islam, Gender, and Sexuality