Axel is an assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Seton Hall University and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Interreligious Studies. He completed his doctorate at Harvard Divinity School in comparative (interreligious) theology, Islamic Studies, and Catholic theology in 2019. As a constructive theologian, his scholarship aims to read pre-modern sources as resources to contemporary questions. His dissertation and current research focuses on poetry, poetics, the imagination, and social imaginary as ways to understand the Christian theology of the Incarnation and the Islamic theology of the imagination. Contemporary concerns of Islamophobia, racism, and white supremacy inform a lot of his research in the field of interreligious theology and studies. His tangential academic interest attends to how the ideology of capitalism functions as a modern religion that effectively restricts our collective imagination of alternative, more equitable ways to relate with each other. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his spouse (Kim), their child (Emery), and two rescue poodles (Donovan and Ducky).
- Harvard Divinity School, Th.D.
- Harvard Divinity School, M.T.S.
- St. Louis University, B.A., B.S.
2020 "From Indifference to Dwelling in Difference: Catholic-Muslim Marriages and Families and the Non-Hegemonic Reception of Muslim Migrants." Journal of Moral Theology Vol. 9, No. 2 (June 2020): 115-146.
2020 "Catholic Theology, Interreligious Studies, and Islamophobia: Toward a Restorative and Praxis-Oriented Theology with Islam," in the Georgetown Companion to Interreligious Studies, edited by Lucinda Mosher (forthcoming)
2020 "Comparative Theology and Interreligious Studies: Embracing and Transgressing the Dialogical Relationships among Religious Traditions," in the Brill Companion to Comparative Theology, edited by Pim Valkenberg (forthcoming)
2017 "An Interpreter and Not a Judge: Insights into Christian-Islamic Comparative Theology," in How To Do Comparative Theology, Ed. Francis X. Clooney & Klaus von Stosch (New York: Fordham University Press, 2018)
Book Review Essays
2020 Muhammad Reconsidered: A Christian Perspective on Islamic Prophecy, by Anna Bonta Moreland, in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (forthcoming)
2018 Rethinking Ibn 'Arabi, by Gregory Lipton, in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations 30, no. 1 (2019): 105-11.
2017 What Is Islam?: The Importance of Being Islamic, by Shahab Ahmed, in Journal of Interreligious Studies and Intercultural Theology, Vol 1, Issue 1, March