William Rory Dickson

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William Rory Dickson
Associate Professor and Chair

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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Exploring mysticism down under

Dr. William Rory Dickson has been invited to speak at the prestigious Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, as part of 'The Hidden Treasure:...

The Good Life, a documentary

The screening of the Good Life: Decolonizing the Secular explores the important role of Indigenous spirituality in Canadian public life and...

Lineup for UWinnipeg’s annual Middle East Week unveiled

UWinnipeg presents its annual Middle East Week from February 26 - March 2, 2018 on campus. All events are open to the public. The post Lineup for...

Lectures on Islamophobia and a snapshot of Canadians fighting for ISIS

Through reflections on the Quebec City Mosque attack, policies from the Trump administration, and other recent iterations of anti-islamic...