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Andrew Sharp
Program Specialist for Multifaith Initiatives

Andrew joined the Chaplaincy staff in October 2016 as Program Specialist for Multifaith Initiatives. He is a teacher, scholar, and practitioner of interfaith relations who has worked in higher education, as well as the public and non-profit sectors.

He received his PhD from the University of Birmingham (in England), holds master’s degrees from the University of Virginia and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, and completed his bachelor’s degree from Pacific University. His training is in Eastern Christianity, Islamic Studies, and Muslim-Christian Relations. He has dedicated many of his life pursuits to interreligious understanding and religious literacy, which he considers necessary components of intercultural understanding and civic life. He has taught courses on Islam, Muslim-Christian relations, global ethics, and world religions at Virginia Commonwealth University as Affiliate Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. He has also served as Associate Editor of the Christian-Muslim News Digest for the Network for Interfaith Concerns (based in the UK). He was previously Research Scholar at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture and Visiting Instructor of Islam at the College of William and Mary. He was also a social worker for the City of Richmond and policy specialist for Virginia’s refugee resettlement and licensing programs. Andrew has traveled extensively and lived, studied, and/or worked abroad in England, France, Jordan, and Tanzania.

Andrew’s writings have appeared in international publications and journals and his book, Orthodox Christians and Islam in the Postmodern Age (Brill, 2012), was recently released in a Turkish language edition by Tekin Publications. His current book project is about the perspectives of key Muslim and Orthodox leaders in debates surrounding the global environmental crisis. It will propose that their unique experiences and responses to the postmodern age, as well as the possibilities of their future common work in ecology, could make key contributions towards efforts to save the planet.


Postmodern Çağda Ortodoks Hristiyanlar ve İslamiyet (Tekin Publishing, 2016) (Turkish language edition of Orthodox Christians and Islam in the Postmodern Age)

Orthodox Christians and Islam in the Postmodern Age (Brill, 2012)

‘The Eastern Churches and Islam’ in The Routledge Handbook of Christian-Muslim Relations, D. Thomas, ed (forthcoming Routledge, 2017)
‘Orthodox-Muslim Relations in Lebanon’ in Eastern Christian Encounters with Islam, A. DeVille, ed. (forthcoming Routledge, 2017)
‘Orthodox Christians, Muslims, and the Environment: The Case for a New Sacred Science’ in The Character of Christian-Muslim Encounter, D. Pratt, et al., eds. (Brill, 2015)
Modern Encounters with Islam and the Impact on Orthodox Thought, Identity, and Action’ in International Journal of Orthodox Theology, v. 5.1, Daniel Munteanu, ed. (May 2014)
‘Hallelujah - Islam’ in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, v. 11, D. Allison, et al., eds. (De Gruyter, 2015)
‘Heaven - Islam’ in Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, v. 11, D. Allison, et al., eds. (De Gruyter, 2015)
Seven entries in The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, John Esposito, ed. (2002)
Will the New Urban Evangelical Change Cities?’, one of four written and edited for a series on Faith in the City, Common Place (a blog of the Thriving Cities Project, 2014-15)

Andrew Sharp on Orthodox Dialogue with Islam’, Eastern Christian Books (Nov 2012)

Review of Aram I, For a Church Beyond Its Walls in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, D. Thomas & J. Esposito, eds. (Taylor and Francis, July 2008)
Ph.D., University of Birmingham, England
M.A., University of Virginia
M.A., St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary
B.A., Pacific University
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