College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Erik S. Ohlander

ohlander LErik S. Ohlander, Professor
Religious Studies Program Coordinator

Office: Liberal Arts, Room 09

Phone: 260-481-0504


Office Hours: MW 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM & By Appointment.


  • University of Minnesota, BA (summa cum laude) 1997
  • University of Michigan, MA  2000
  • University of Michigan, PhD 2004

Areas of Interest

  • Islamic Studies
  • Social, Cultural, and Intellectual History of the Late Antique and Medieval Near East
  • Mysticism
  • Qur'anic Studies
  • Method and Theory in the Study of Religion
  • Executive Editor, Journal of Sufi Studies
  • IPFW Featured Faculty, February 2014


  • REL-11200   Religion and Culture
  • REL-11200H Religion and Culture - Honors
  • REL-23100   Religions of the West
  • REL-30000   Religions of the Ancient World
  • REL-30100   Islam
  • REL-38100   Islam and Modernity
  • REL-40100   Studies in Sacred Texts
  • REL-40200   Mysticism

Selected Publications


Fall 2017

-REL 11200 Religion and Culture

-REL 23100 Religions of the West

Spring 2018

-REL 11200 Religion and Culture

-REL 23100 Religions of the West

-REL 30100 Islam