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Isasm Aburaya

Issam Aburaya, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Department of Religion


He researches secularism, religion, nationalism, colonialism and orientalism, focusing on Islam and Palestine/Israel.

I have been at Seton Hall University teaching World Religions and modern standard Arabic since 2005. Before that I was a post-doctoral fellow at Brown University and then a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. I received my Ph.D. in political science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2002 and in 1999 I spent a semester at Sciences Po - Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris.
My areas of research and interest include secularism, religion, nationalism, colonialism and orientalism with special focus on Islam and Palestine/Israel. My most recent article was “Islamism, Nationalism and Western Modernity: The Case of Iran and Palestine,” International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, Volume 22, Issue1 (2009), pp. 57-68.


  • Ph.D., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 2002
  • M.A., Clark University, 1991
  • B.A, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1989

Academic Distinctions

  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Ford Foundation, 2004-2005.
  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Kahanov Foundation, Canada, 2003-2004.
  • Doctoral Research Fellowship, The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace (Jerusalem), 1999-2002.
  • Doctoral Research Fellowship, The Embassy of France in Israel and the Authority for Research and Development (HU), 1999.
  • Levi Eshkol Scholarship awarded by the Israeli Ministry of Science and the Arts for doctoral research, 1996-99.



Office Phone
(973) 275-5847


Office Location
Room 323
Fahy Hall


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