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Professor Byrd grew up in South Haven, Mich. He followed his interest in religion to Western Michigan University, where he studied comparative religion, philosophy, music and history under Dr. Rudolf Siebert and others. He directed his attention specifically on contemporary Islamic thought and praxis, Arabic language, and critical theory. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Western Michigan University, he moved on to study for his doctorate in philosophy at Michigan State University, where he specialized in philosophy of religion, the Frankfurt School, and all manner of social and political thought.
Byrd has published many articles, book chapters and book reviews, and has recently published a book entitled Ayatollah Khomeini and the Anatomy of the Islamic Revolution in Iran: Towards a Theory of Prophetic Charisma through University Press of America. His latest book, The Gospel According to John Galt: A Critique of Ayn Rand’s Philosophy of Religion is due to be released in the fall of 2014 by Lexington Books. He is currently working on his third work entitled Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes: Essays on Modern Religion, Violence, and Genocide, and is editing a volume with Dr. Seyed Javad Miri of Tehran University on Malcolm X and religion.
Prof. Byrd teaches self and community, civilization studies, introduction to philosophy, political philosophy, Islamic tradition, western religious traditions, Arabic, and has taught two classes abroad, one in Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic, and the other in Greece and Italy.