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Dustin J. Byrd

Dustin J. Byrd, Ph.D. (2016), Michigan State University, is Professor of Humanities at Olivet College, where he teaches religion, philosophy and Arabic. He has published monographs and articles on both Islam and Critical Theory, including Ayatollah Khomeini and the Anatomy of the Islamic Revolution in Iran: Toward a Theory of Prophetic Charisma (University Press of America, 2011) and A Critique of Ayn Rand’s Philosophy of Religion: The Gospel According to John Galt (Lexington Books, 2015).


  • Frantz Fanon and Emancipatory Theory

    This comprehensive volume discusses Frantz Fanon 's enduring impact on revolutionary movements and thinking across the world.

  • Ali Shariati and the Future of Social Theory

    An exploration into the lasting influence of the Iranian sociologist and revolutionary, Ali Shariati, who is thought to be the most important intellectual behind the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

  • Islam in a Post-Secular Society

    Byrd uses Critical Theory to reject the ‘clash-of-civilizations’ thesis, and compellingly argue for the compatibility of Islam and secularism.
  • Malcolm X

    An engaging examination of the religious and political philosophy of one of the most important African-American thinkers of the 20th-century