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William Rory Dickson

Associate Professor and Chair

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Religion and Culture


  • History
  • Islamic Studies
  • Middle East
  • Religion
  • Social Issues

Areas of Expertise:

  • Contemporary Islam
  • Islam
  • Islamic Extremism / Radicalization
  • Islam in North America
  • Islamic Studies
  • Middle East
  • Sufism

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Available To:

  • Appear on radio or TV
  • Appear as a public speaker
  • Provide comment to media
  • Write articles
  • Discuss research with industry, government, and others


Dr. William Rory Dickson is an associate professor of Islamic Religion and Culture in the Religion and Culture Department at The University of Winnipeg. He completed a joint-PhD in Religious Studies (2012) at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, with a specialization in Islamic Studies. As a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow (2010-2011) Dickson attended the University of Toronto and the University of Copenhagen’s Graduate Research School in Damascus, Syria.

His research focuses on contemporary Islam in general, and on Islamic mysticism (Sufism) in particular. His first book, Living Sufism in North America: Between Tradition and Transformation, explores the ways in which Sufi leaders in North America negotiate Sufism’s to Islam, authority, and gender.

He is currently preparing a manuscript with Meena Sharify-Funk for an innovative introductory text on Sufism, while continuing a number of research projects on Contemporary Islam. He has traveled throughout the Middle East, including Syria, Egypt, and Morocco.

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