Aisha Geissinger

Assistant Professor

Degrees:B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3108
Office:2A41 Paterson Hall, Office hours: Tuesday 9:30-11:30 Or by appointment


Aisha Geissinger completed her doctoral degree in Religious Studies from the University of Toronto in 2008. Her area of concentration was classical Quranic exegesis (tafsir) and Muslim intellectual history. From 2007 to 2009, she taught in the Religious Studies Department at Michigan State University. At present, she is writing a book on the textual functions of traditions (hadith/athar) attributed to early Muslim women that are quoted in classical Quran commentaries.

Research Interests

  • The Quran and its exegesis
  • The Hadith literature and its interpretive tradition
  • Literary approaches, particularly gender and queer theory, to reading classical Muslim texts
  • North American Muslim appropriations of classical texts

Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Courses

  • RELI 2310 A    Islam (W)
  • RELI 2330 A   The Qur’an (F)
  • RELI 2535 A    Women and Religion (F)
  • RELI 4851 B/5851 W   Seminar in Western Religions: “Islam, Gender & Public Life” (W)
  • RELI 5780 W  Graduate Research Seminar

2014 Summer Courses


“Mary in the Quran: Rereading Subversive Births,” in Sacred Tropes: Tanakh, New Testament, and Qur’an as Literature and Culture, ed. Roberta Sterman Sabbath, Biblical Interpretation Series, Vol. 98 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2009), 379-392. (forthcoming)

“The Portrayal of Hajj as a Context for Women’s Exegesis: Textual Evidence in al-Bukhari’s (d. 870 C.E.) Sahih,” in Insights into Classical Arabic Literature and Islam, ed. Sebastian Guenther, Islamic History and Civilization Series, Vol. 58 (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2005), 153-179.

“The Exegetical Traditions of A’isha: Notes on their Impact and Significance,” Journal of Qur’anic Studies (Edinburgh) 6.1 (2004), 1-20.