Khaleel Mohammed

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Khaleel Mohammed is a Guyanese-born professor of Religion at San Diego State University (SDSU), in San Diego, California, a member of Homeland Security Master's Program, and a core faculty member of SDSU's Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies.


Khaleel Mohammed was born in Guyana. He studied Islamic law at Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. After completing an MA in Judaism and Islam at Concordia University, Montreal, he pursued a PhD in Islamic law at McGill University in Montreal.[1]

Academic career[edit]

Mohammed's specialties are Islam, Islamic Law, and Comparative Religion. His research interests include Islamic and Arabic studies, Islamic law (classical and modern), comparative religion, Jewish/Christian/Islamic encounter, Qur'anic exegesis (classical and modern), hadith, gender/sex issues and sexuality in Islam, terrorism, antisemitism in Islam, Arab-Israeli relations, and reform in Islam. He is a proponent of inter-faith marriage (between Muslim women and non-Muslim men) without the traditionally required conversion of the non-Muslim spouse, and is a registered marriage-officiant.

Mohammed teaches courses on World Religions, The Qur'an, Religious Violence and Non-Violence, Sex and Gender in Islam, and Abrahamic Religions.courses_khaleel mohammed

Mohammed has testified as an "expert witness" for the prosecution in cases involving allegations of terrorism-related activities.[2][3]

Alleged Islamophobia[edit]

Khaleel Mohammed has been accused of Islamophobia and racism by various sources.[4][5] He has stated that foreign-born Imams "are a threat to Canada" and that "They come from Bangladesh, South Africa, Guyana, Egypt and Syria etc. and they bring their cultural baggage with them."[6] He has also suggested that the fact that immigrants native languages are used in Canadian mosques is a problem and that "They (Canadian imams) have to speak English...All mosques I've been to -- give or take five per cent -- have been using an overwhelming amount of Arabic".[6]

Mohammed has been praised by far right and Zionist publications such as Campus Watch[7] and He has appeared in "Obsession: Radical Islam’s War With the West,"[8] a film widely criticized as Islamophobic and produced by the far right Clarion Project.

He states that he was once accused of being racist, for having stated that "95% of contemporary Muslims are exposed to anti-Semitic teachings".[4] He has received hate mail for his statements.[9]

Teachings on Israel[edit]

Mohammed attracted attention for a 2004 interview in which he stated that Sura 5 verse 21 of the Qur'an, and the medieval exegetes of the Qur'an, say that Israel belongs to the Jews. He translates it thus:

"[Moses said]: O my people! Enter the Holy Land which God has written for you, and do not turn tail, otherwise you will be losers."

Mohammed says of Israel, "It's in the Muslim consciousness that the land first belonged to the Jews. It doesn't matter if the Jews were exiled 500 years or 2000 years, the Holy Land, as mentioned in Quran belongs to Moses and his people, the Jews."[10]

Published works[edit]

"David in the Muslim Tradition: A study of the Bathsheba Affair" Lexington Press, 2014. "Introduction to World Religions," Polymath Learning, 2014. "Coming to Terms with the Qur'an," IPI, 2008. Co-edited with Andrew Rippin

  • "Assessing English Translations of the Qur’an", Middle East Quarterly, Spring 2005, Volume XII (2): 59-72.
  • "Revisiting Tyan on the issue of the Early Islamic Judicature" Islamic Studies, Autumn 2004 (3): 447-55.
  • "Muslim Exegesis, the Hadith and the Jews" Judaism, #209/210 (53) Winter-Spring 2004: 3-11.
  • "A Muslim Perspective on Human Rights", Social Science and Modern Society (Volume 41, #2), January/February 2004: 29-35.
  • "Probing the Identity of the Sacrificial Son in the Qur’an", Journal of Religion and Culture (13), 1999, Concordia University: 125-38.
  • "The Foundations of the Muslim Prayer". Medieval Encounters (5), March 1999, E.J.Brill: 17-28.
  • "Demonizing the Jew: Examining the Antichrist Traditions in the Sahihayn". Co-author: Professor Kadir Baksh. Journal of Religion and Culture (12) 1998, Concordia University: 151-64.
  • "Abraham Geiger and Heinrich Graetz: A Comparison of their Different Perspectives on Jewish History", Journal of Religion and Culture (11) 1997, Concordia University: 141-60.
  • "The Concept of Abrogation in the Qur’an". Published under the culturally arabized version of his name, Allama Dr. Abu Yusuf Khaleel Al-Corentini. Journal of Religion and Culture (10) 1996, Concordia University: 63-76.
  • The Jewish and Christian Influences in the Eschatological Imagery of Sahih Muslim, published Concordia University Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1997, under his full name: Khaleelul Iqbal Mohammed".
  • "The Art of Heeding" in Interfaith Dialogue at the Grass Roots Level. Ecumenical Press. 2008
  • "The Identity of the Qur’an’s Ahl al-Dhikr", in Coming to Terms with the Qur’an. Ed. by Andrew Rippin and Khaleel Mohammed. Islamic Publications INternational. 2008.
  • "Islam and Human Rights", in Religion and Human Rights, ed. Adam Seligman. Interreligious Center on Public Life, Hollis Publishing: 2004: 55-68.
  • "Al-Rida's Argumentation Against the Leaders of the People of the Book, the Magians, the Sabeans and Others" (excerpted from Al-Istibsar). Translated as chapter for Theology of Shi‘ism: A Debate Between Imam Ali Rida and People of Other Beliefs. Ed. By Saeed Argomand. Global Publications, State University of New York, Binghamton, 1999.


  • World of Our Youth. Translation of Husayn Fadlallah’s Duniya al-Shabab. Montreal, Damascus and Beirut: Organization for Advancement of Islamic Knowledge, Montreal, 1998.

Book reviews and encyclopedia entries[edit]

  • "Sex, Sexuality and Family in the Qur’an", Encyclopedia article for Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Qur’an. Ed. Andrew Rippin. 2006.
  • "A New Introduction to Islam", by Daniel Brown. Middle Eastern Studies Bulletin, 38 (1), June 2004: 78-79.
  • "An Introduction to Islam". by David Waines. Middle East Quarterly, XI (3), Summer 2004: 86.
  • "Islam Under Siege", by Akbar Ahmed. In Islamic Studies, Spring 2004 (Volume 43/1): 132-35.
  • "Excellence and Precedence", by Asma Afsaruddin. H-Mideast-Medieval, H-Net Reviews, 2004. Available online on the H-Net Web site.
  • "The Qur’an-A Contemporary Translation", by Ahmed Ali. Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, Volume. XXXVI (1) Summer 2002: 47. Article also available online at on the Web site.
  • "The Koran: A Very Short Introduction", by Michael Cook. H-Mideast-Medieval, H-Net Reviews, February 2003. Available also available online on the H-Net Web site. Electronically Accessible Publications
  • "Produce your proof: Muslim exegesis, the Hadith, and the Jews", Published: Spring 2004.


  1. ^ Misfit in the mosque, Haaretz
  3. ^ Glenn Greenwald. "The FBI's anticipatory prosecution of Muslims to criminalize speech". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-12-01.
  4. ^ a b "FrontPage Magazine - The Koran and the Jews". Retrieved 2014-12-01.
  5. ^ Fatah, Tarek (2011). The Jew Is Not My Enemy: Unveiling the Myths That Fuel Muslim Anti-Semitism. McClelland & Stewart. ISBN 9780771047848.
  6. ^ a b "The scathing scholar". 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  7. ^ "The dissenting Muslim: SDSU's Khaleel Mohammed looks to the Quran for his controversial thesis: Palestine belongs to the Jews. - Campus Watch". Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  8. ^ "San Diego State University professor Khaleel Mohammed on Robert Spencer: "Satanic ignoramus"". Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2007-02-26.
  10. ^ Handler, Judd. "The dissenting Muslim". San Diego Jewish Journal, August 2004.

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