Dr. Nelly Van Doorn-Harder

Portrait of Nelly Van Doorn-Harder, Faculty of Religious Studies

Professor of Islamic Studies

Office: 216 Divinity and Religious Studies Building

Phone: 336.758.3945

Email: vandoopa@nullwfu.edu

  • Bio

    Nelly van Doorn-Harder was born and raised in the Netherlands where she earned her PhD on the topic of women in the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam. Before moving to the USA she was director of a refugee program in Cairo, Egypt, and taught Islamic Studies at universities in the Netherlands (Leiden) and Indonesia (Yogyakarta).

  • Education and CV

    Ph.D., Free University of Amsterdam, Religious Studies, 1993.

    BA, Theology, University of Amsterdam, 1986.

    MA, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Amsterdam, 1982.

    BA, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Utrecht, 1978.

  • Publications


    The Emergence of the Modern Coptic Papacy.The Egyptian Church and its Leadership from the Ottoman Period to the Present. Part III, The Modern Coptic Papacy (1798-2010). Co-authored with Magdi Guirguis. (Cairo, AUC Press, 2011).

    “Indonesian Women Activists and Islamist Spiritual Callings” in: Zayn R. Kassam, Women and Islam. (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2010) 245-262.

    Attitudes to Human Rights and Freedom of Religion of Belief in Indonesia. Voices of Islamic Religious Leaders in East Java. Syamsul Arifin, Nelly van Doorn-Harder, Tore Lindholm & Nicola Cobran, (Yogyakarta: Kanisius Publishers, 2010).

    Coping with Evil in Religion and Culture: Case Studies. Edited with Lourens Minnema. (Amsterdam, & New York: Rodopi, 2007).

    Women Shaping Islam. Indonesian Muslim Women Reading the Qur’an. (Champaign-Urbana & Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2006).

  • Courses
    • REL 110. Introduction to Islamic Traditions.
    • REL 383. The Quran and the Prophet.
    • REL 389. Islam in the West: Changes and Challenges.
    • REL 362. Topics in Islam. Variable topics in Islamic history, thought, and/or practice.
    • REL 390. Special Topics in Religion: Hindu-Muslim Relations in India.
    • REL 790. Qur’an, Interpretation & Law.