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Prof. Dr. Magdy B. Behman, MA/DIS

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Dr. Magdy Bahig Behman is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies and World Religions at Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, USA, and Visiting Associate Professor at UIN, Universitas Islam Negri, Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

As an undergraduate, he pursued Biblical studies in Jordan, and Law at Cairo University. He holds a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies, and a Doctor of Intercultural Studies from Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Pasadena, California, USA, with a focus on Islamic Studies, Muslim Society and the Middle East.

Dr. Behman specializes in contemporary Coptic Christianity, Islamic movements, and the history of the development of Islamic fundamentalism in the Arab world (Egypt in particular), during the 20th and early 21st centuries.

Dr. Behman teaches in the S2 and S3 MA program and also in the PhD program at the Graduate College of UIN.

Current teaching:

·         Religion (Islam) and society

·         The Arab society and cultures

·         The contemporary Islamic movements and conflict in the Middle East

·         Islam and global issues

·         Research design in religious studies (Arabic and English languages)


Scholarly interests/activities:

·         Islam, contemporary movements, “Indonesian Islam,” and the impact of the Arab cultures on the formation and the development of Islamic culture and the common piety

·         Muslim societies/Arab world. Currently researching Islam and cultures in Indonesia with focus on contemporary militant Islamism and ideological radicalism in relation to “Arabism” and early “Arab Islam”


Languages spoken:

·         Arabic, English


Countries researched:

·         Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Qatar, USA, and Indonesia





Born in Egypt, Magdy Behman is a visionary instructor, leader, and mentor with decades of experience in cross-cultural teaching both in the Middle East and the United States. Scholar of Islamic studies and World religions, with proven record in effective work and connection to the Muslim world as well as strategies and effective approaches for equipping Westerners for greater understanding of Islam.




DIS (Doctor of Intercultural Studies), Fuller Graduate School, Pasadena, California, USA 2012. Title of dissertation: “Building Relationships Between Muslims and Christians in Tucson, Arizona Who Experience the Fear caused by Militant Islamism”


MA (Intercultural Studies), Fuller Graduate School, Pasadena, California, 1994. Title of thesis: “Islam and the Influence of Middle Eastern Christianity”


Diploma in Biblical Studies. Amman Bible College, Amman, Jordan, 1986


TESOL Certification, American TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language), American TESOL Institute, USA, 2015




Affiliate Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies and World Religions, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, USA


Visiting Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies and World Religions, UIN, Universitas Islam Negeri, Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Faculty, Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Phoenix, Arizona, USA campus, 2014

  • Insights for cultural understanding
  • Advanced Quranic Arabic for graduate students, using An introduction to Quranic Arabic and Classical Arabic by W.M.Thackston


Faculty, Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 2003-2012

Intercultural perspective

World religions


Cultural anthropology

Arabic language,


Director and Faculty Trainer, Wayfarer Center, Tucson, Arizona, 2007-2013


Executive Director, “Arabian Oasis” Cultural Center, Tucson, Arizona, 2003-2013


International Director, Royal Archers International, Pasadena, California, 1996-2004


Educational Consultant to Middle Eastern Culture and to Head of the Department of Humanities at Doha Academy, Doha, Qatar, 2000-2003


Faculty, School of Global Studies, Los Angeles, California, 1996–1997  

  • Taught undergraduate Arabic language and culture, Islamic studies


Faculty, University of Phoenix. Southern California campus, Costa Mesa, California, 1996-2000

  • Taught world religions, cross cultural communications, cultural diversity


Consultant, Zwemmer Institute for Islamic Studies, Human Rights Department, Pasadena, California, 1994-1996

  • Assistant to the Director, translating literature, documents, and oral presentations from Arabic to English.  
  • Advised Department Head regarding Middle Eastern cultural issues, concepts and politics


Selected lectures and speaking engagements

  • Visiting lecturer to Ecumenical Council of Hong Kong: “Understanding contemporary Islamic Movements,” 1998
  • Visiting lecturer to the China Institute of Religions: Beijing “Islam and other religions,” 1998
  • Keynote speaker, symposium on “Arabs/Islam in the American perspective,” American Baptist Church, Pacific Southwest, West Covina, California, 1998
  • Leader of training “Understanding Islam for social relational development,” at Peacemaking intensive training in South of Egypt, 1998
  • Visiting lecturer at the Centre of the World Vision, India, Hyderabad: “Islamic awareness seminars : a view of syncretism in Muslim practice in the Indian context,” 1999
  • Key speaker at US International Summit of world relief, “Islam from within” Crenshaw, California 2000


Unpublished documents 

  • Doctoral Dissertation, “Building relationships between Muslims and Christians in Tucson, Arizona who experience the fear caused by militant Islamism”
  • MA Thesis, “Islam and the influence of Middle Eastern Christianity”
  • “Do Americans adopt Islam? Why?” Harvest Highlights, Muslim awareness manual for North America, Pasadena, California, 1998
  • Theory of cross-cultural relations to Arabs/Muslims when communicating in a business-related context, “The dagger and the gun”
  • The reverse approach for reaching out to Muslims, “The Quran, prayer beads, and the walking cane”


Papers presented at international conferences in Indonesia

·         Contemporary images of “Arabian Islam,” World’s Marketplace, Lampung, Indonesia

·         “Human rights in Islam” case study of the Iraqi refugees in Arizona, UIN, Sunan Kaliuaga, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

·         “The shattered Arab dream in the rubble of ideological divergence,” UIN, Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

·         “Defining a role of intercultural Islamic education for religious de-radicalization,” Wonosobo, Central Java, Indonesia

·         “Probing to understand the old Arab mind should precede the attempt to investigate the ‘Wahabi School of thought and practice,’ and its impact on the surrounding non-complying communities,” Duta Wacana Christian University, School of Theology. Yogyakarta, Indonesia

·         “Hamas, Islam, Arabs, and the dream of independence,” Faculty of Ushuluddin at  the Islamic University in Cirebon, East Java, Indonesia