Jason Zaborowski

Associate Professor

Bradley Hall 283
(309) 677-2444

Ph.D., Semitic & Egyptian Languages & Literatures, The Catholic University of America
M.A., Religious Studies, Arizona State University
B.A., Sociology of Religion, Messiah College


As of fall semester, 2013, Jason Zaborowski is on sabbatical at Lund University, Sweden. He will be studying manuscripts for the Early Monasticism and Classical Paideia project at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund University.

Dr. Jason Zaborowski teaches courses in world religions, Islam, and Muslim-Christian relations. He earned his Ph.D. from Catholic University's department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures, where he focused on Arabic, Coptic, and Syriac literature of the Middle East. He teaches Islamic studies from historical and linguistic perspectives, alerting students to the distinctives of Arabic culture and language as they engage Islamic primary source literature. His topic of special teaching and research interest is the Coptic Christian community of Egypt. He researches their Coptic and Arabic literature, through which he examines their history of cultural interchange with Muslims. Dr. Zaborowski's research often deals with social change of religions in the Middle East generally, from pre-Islamic times to the modern period.


  • RLS 101 – Comparative Religion
  • RLS 121 – Islamic Civilization
  • RLS 305 – Early Christianity: Monasticism
  • RLS 320 – Muslim-Christian Relations
  • RLS 321 – Islam & the West: Clash of Civilizations?
  • RLS 497 – Problems in Religious Studies
  • RLS 498 – Problems in Religious Studies
  • CIV 101 – Western Civilization to 1600



  • The Coptic Martyrdom of John of Phanijoit: Assimilation and Conversion to Islam in Thirteenth-Century Egypt (Brill, 2005)

Selected Articles

  • "Coptic Christianity,” in Wiley-Blackwell Companion to African Religions, ed. Elias K. Bongmba (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)
  • “Arab Christian Physicians as Interreligious Mediators: Abū Shākir as a Model Christian Expert,” Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations 22, 2 (April 2011)
  • “From Coptic to Arabic in Medieval Egypt,” Medieval Encounters 14 (2008)
  • “Shenoute’s Sermon The Lord Thundered: An Introduction and Translation,” Oriens Christianus 90 (2006) with Janet A. Timbie.
  • “The Coptic Martyrdom of John of Phanijoit: Assimilation and Restoration from Salah al-Din to the Writing of the Martyrdom: 1169-1211 (565-607 A.H.),” in Actes du huitième Congrès international d’études coptes: Paris, 28 juin – 3 juillet 2004 vol. 2 (Peeters, 2007).
  • “Egyptian Christians Implicating Chalcedonians in the Arab Takeover of Egypt: The Arabic Apocalypse of Samuel of Qalamun,” Oriens Christianus (2003)