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John Kelsay

Visiting Fellow

Prof Kelsay is Distinguished Research Professor at the Department of Religion, Florida State University.  He focuses on religious ethics, particularly in relation to the Islamic and Christian traditions.  His current work deals with religion and politics.  Professor Kelsay serves as editor of Soundings:  An Interdisciplinary Journal and as Director of the Center for Humanities and Society at Florida State University. 


Arguing the Just War in Islam (Harvard, 2007)
Islam and War: A Study in Comparative Ethics (Westminster/John Knox, 1993)
Just War and Jihad (co-edited; Greenwood Press, 1991)
Human Rights and the Conflict of Cultures (co-authored; University of South Carolina, 1988)


“Political Practice:  The Nexus Between Realisms and Just War Thinking,” in Soundings:  An Interdisciplinary Journal 98/1 (2015), 38-58
“Nigel Biggar’s In Defence of War:  A Review Essay,” in Studies in Christian Ethics 27 (November, 2014),  490-98
“Just War Thinking as a Social Practice,” Ethics and International Affairs 27/1 (2013), 1-20
“The Present State of the Comparative Study of Religious Ethics:  An Update,” Journal of Religious Ethics 40/4 (2012), 583-602

Current Research Projects

Articles and a book on just war, jihad, and U.S. foreign policy
Articles and a book outlining an approach to the comparative study of ethics