Martin Forward, PhD

Martin ForwardProfessor of History
College of Arts and Sciences

Office Location: Dunham Hall 213
Telephone: 630-844-6869
Fax: 630-844-5242
Email: mforward@aurora.edu

I was born in England, and had a varied career before coming to Aurora University in 2001. I worked at the Henry Martyn Institute of Islamic Studies, Hyderabad, India; as a student chaplain in London University; as a Methodist pastor and Inter-Faith Secretary of the British Methodist Church; and as Academic Dean of Wesley House seminary, Cambridge, England; and a member of Cambridge University's Faculty of Divinity. Within this variety run common themes of recognizing and reflecting about human diversity, and a love of mentoring young people to live faithfully and thoughtfully in God's wonderful world.

Education
Ph.D. Religious Studies - Bristol University, England
M.Litt with distinction, Islamic Studies - Lancaster University, England
B.A. and M.A. Religion - Cambridge University, England
B.A. History - Manchester University, England

Area of specialization
South Asian Islam
Theology of Religions
Interfaith Dialogue

Courses taught
Exploring Religion
Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust
Religions and Human Suffering
Senior Seminar in Religious Studies

Highlights of Presentations, Honors and Professional Contributions
Book - "A Great Commission: Christian Hope and Religious Diversity" (editor, Berne, Peter Lang, 2000).
Book - "Inter-Religious Dialogue: An Introduction" (Oxford, Oneworld, 2001).
Book - "Religion: A Beginner's Guide" (Oxford, Oneworld, 2001).
Book - "The Nature and the Name of Love: Religion for the Contemporary World" (Peterborough, Epworth, 2008).

Other Interests
Listening to classical music
Cats, especially the two at home