Prof. Dr. Magdy B. Behman, MA/DIS

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Dr. Magdy Bahig Behman is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies and World Religions at Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, USA, and currently Visiting Professor at UIN, Universitas Islam Negeri, Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

As an undergraduate, he pursued Biblical studies in Jordan, and Law at Cairo University. He holds a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies, and a Doctor of Intercultural Studies from Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Pasadena, California, USA, with a focus on Islamic Studies, Muslim Society and the Middle East.

Dr. Behman specializes in contemporary Coptic Christianity, Islamic movements, and the history of the development of Islamic fundamentalism in the Arab world (Egypt in particular), during the 20th and early 21st centuries.

Dr. Behman teaches in the S2 and S3 MA program and also in the PhD program at the Graduate College of UIN.


Current teaching:

PhD Classes: 
Islam and Global Issues
Research design and Methodology In Arabic and English languages and mentoring students and help them to structure their research proposal
MA Classes:
Contemporary Islamic World
Islam and society
Introduction to Middle Eastern Studies
Middle Eastern Political system and Government
Arab Society
Arab Spring
Gender and sexuality in the Torah, Gospel and Quran
Middle Eastern Politics, Religious conflicts

People of Peace: An Anthropological perspective on peace 

Contemporary Images of “Arabian Islam” at the World’s Marketplace of Indonesia    

Apocalyptical Theology and Being Religious in the Changing World

Eschatology through the Eyes of the Torah and the Gospel   

The Forceful Current of Contemporary Tourism and the Threat of the Host Community “Cultural Erosion”.

Dakwah and Community Development” on “Faith Based Community Approaches”

Defining a Role of Intercultural Islamic Education for Religious De-Radicalization

“Legal (according to shari'ah) and Cultural Aspects of Interfaith Dialogue”

 the “Wahhabi School of Thought and practice” and its impact on the Surrounding Non-Complying Communities

The shattered Arab Dream in the Rubble of Ideological Divergence 


People of Peace: A Islamic Perspective on Peace


Scholarly interests/activities:

·     Islam, contemporary movements, “Indonesian Islam,” and the impact of the Arab cultures on the formation and the development of Islamic culture and the common piety

·     Muslim societies/Arab world. Currently researching Islam and cultures in Indonesia with focus on contemporary militant Islamism and ideological radicalism in relation to “Arabism” and early “Arab Islam”


Languages spoken:

·         Arabic, English


Countries researched:

·         Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Qatar, USA, and Indonesia





Born in Egypt, Magdy Behman is a visionary instructor, leader, and mentor with decades of experience in cross-cultural teaching both in the Middle East and the United States. Scholar of Islamic studies and World religions, with proven record in effective work and connection to the Muslim world as well as strategies and effective approaches for equipping Westerners for greater understanding of Islam.




DIS (Doctor of Intercultural Studies), Fuller Graduate School, Pasadena, California, USA 2012. Title of dissertation: “Building Relationships Between Muslims and Christians in Tucson, Arizona Who Experience the Fear caused by Militant Islamism”


MA (Intercultural Studies), Fuller Graduate School, Pasadena, California, 1994. Title of thesis: “Islam and the Influence of Middle Eastern Christianity”

Diploma in Biblical Studies. Amman Bible College, Amman, Jordan, 1986

TESOL Certification, American TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language), American TESOL Institute, USA, 2015



Affiliate Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies and World Religions, Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia, USA

Visiting Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies and World Religions, UIN, Universitas Islam Negeri, Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Faculty, Fuller Graduate School of Intercultural Studies, Phoenix, Arizona, USA campus, 2014

  • Insights for cultural understanding
  • Advanced Quranic Arabic for graduate students, using An introduction to Quranic Arabic and Classical Arabic by W.M.Thackston

Faculty, Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona, USA, 2003-2012

Intercultural perspective

World religions


Cultural anthropology

Arabic language,


Director and Faculty Trainer, Wayfarer Center, Tucson, Arizona, 2007-2013

Executive Director, “Arabian Oasis” Cultural Center, Tucson, Arizona, 2003-2013

International Director, Royal Archers International, Pasadena, California, 1996-2004  

Educational Consultant to Middle Eastern Culture and to Head of the Department of Humanities at Doha Academy, Doha, Qatar, 2000-2003

Faculty, School of Global Studies, Los Angeles, California, 1996–1997  

  • Taught undergraduate Arabic language and culture, Islamic studies

Faculty, University of Phoenix. Southern California campus, Costa Mesa, California, 1996-2000

  • Taught world religions, cross cultural communications, cultural diversity

Consultant, Zwemmer Institute for Islamic Studies, Human Rights Department, Pasadena, California, 1994-1996

  • Assistant to the Director, translating literature, documents, and oral presentations from Arabic to English.  
  • Advised Department Head regarding Middle Eastern cultural issues, concepts and politics

Selected lectures and speaking engagements

  • Visiting lecturer to Ecumenical Council of Hong Kong: “Understanding contemporary Islamic Movements,” 1998
  • Visiting lecturer to the China Institute of Religions: Beijing “Islam and other religions,” 1998
  • Keynote speaker, symposium on “Arabs/Islam in the American perspective,” American Baptist Church, Pacific Southwest, West Covina, California, 1998
  • Leader of training “Understanding Islam for social relational development,” at Peacemaking intensive training in South of Egypt, 1998
  • Visiting lecturer at the Centre of the World Vision, India, Hyderabad: “Islamic awareness seminars : a view of syncretism in Muslim practice in the Indian context,” 1999
  • Key speaker at US International Summit of world relief, “Islam from within” Crenshaw, California 2000

Unpublished documents 

  • Doctoral Dissertation, “Building relationships between Muslims and Christians in Tucson, Arizona who experience the fear caused by militant Islamism”
  • MA Thesis, “Islam and the influence of Middle Eastern Christianity”
  • “Do Americans adopt Islam? Why?” Harvest Highlights, Muslim awareness manual for North America, Pasadena, California, 1998
  • Theory of cross-cultural relations to Arabs/Muslims when communicating in a business-related context, “The dagger and the gun”
  • The reverse approach for reaching out to Muslims, “The Quran, prayer beads, and the walking cane” 

Papers presented at international conferences in Indonesia

·         Contemporary images of “Arabian Islam,” World’s Marketplace, Lampung, Indonesia

·         “Human rights in Islam” case study of the Iraqi refugees in Arizona, UIN, Sunan Kaliuaga, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

·         “The shattered Arab dream in the rubble of ideological divergence,” UIN, Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

·         “Defining a role of intercultural Islamic education for religious de-radicalization,” Wonosobo, Central Java, Indonesia

·         “Probing to understand the old Arab mind should precede the attempt to investigate the ‘Wahabi School of thought and practice,’ and its impact on the surrounding non-complying communities,” Duta Wacana Christian University, School of Theology. Yogyakarta, Indonesia

·         “Hamas, Islam, Arabs, and the dream of independence,” Faculty of Ushuluddin at  the Islamic University in Cirebon, East Java, Indonesia