Ken Chitwood

Ken Chitwood is a religion scholar at the University of Florida studying Religion in the Americas and a graduate student fellow with the Center for Global Islamic Studies. His academic work focuses on Islam in the Americas, Puerto Rican Muslims, Latina/o Muslims, hemispheric American religion, translocal religion, intersections of religion & culture, Christian-Muslim relations, global Christianity, Muslim minorities, & ethnographic methods and manifestations of religion beyond religion in a global and digital age. Additionally, he has published work on Judaism in Latin America and the Caribbean, religion and popular culture, and other relevant topics.

Ken is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Latin American Studies Association, the Caribbean Studies Association, Theta Alpha Kappa, and is an Associate Research Member of the Waikato Islamic Studies Group.

Ken has been reviewing books on Christianity, Islam, religion, anthropology, culture, and history for six years with Publisher’s Weekly, the Houston Chronicle, Reading Religion from the American Academy of Religion, and other scholarly and popular publications. In that time Ken has read and reviewed over 100 books and monographs. Furthermore, he is an award-winning religion newswriter fascinated by the intersection of religion & culture.

The Islamic State tries to boost its legitimacy by hijacking the historic caliphate
22 Nov 2019 | ABOVE |  
tags: caliphate, ISIS, Islam
The idea of the caliphate recalls a time when Islamic states flourished politically, economically and socially

The Muslim Hajj: A spiritual pilgrimage with political overtones
6 Aug 2019 | ABOVE |  
tags: hajj, Islam
The hajj reflects the ideal of unity in Islam

What is the Shia-Sunni divide?
7 Aug 2017 | ABOVE |  
tags: Islam, Islamic history, Shia, Sunni
The bitter schism goes back to the earliest days of Islam.

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