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Jordan Denari Duffner
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Jordan Denari Duffner is an author and scholar of Muslim-Christian relations, interreligious dialogue, and Islamophobia.

Her books are Finding Jesus among Muslims: How Loving Islam Makes Me a Better Catholic (2017) and Islamophobia: What Christians Should Know (and Do) about Anti-Muslim Discrimination (spring 2021). Jordan is currently pursuing a PhD in Theological and Religious Studies at Georgetown University. A former Fulbright scholar, she is also an associate of the Bridge Initiative, where she previously worked from 2014 to 2017 as a research fellow.

Committed to public theology and religious literacy, Jordan serves as a frequent media commentator and consultant. She has appeared as an analyst on news programs on BBC and Al-Jazeera, television and radio interview shows, and documentaries. Jordan has given numerous talks and webinars on to diverse audiences.

Jordan’s writing on Islam and Catholicism has appeared in numerous outlets including TIME, The Washington Post, and America. In 2016, Jordan penned the Bridge Initiative report, “Danger and Dialogue: American Catholics Perceptions and Portrayals of Islam,” which included the first nationwide survey of Catholics’ views of Islam. She has also published book chapters in academic and lay publications, including Overcoming Orientalism (forthcoming) and A Pope Francis Lexicon (2018).

Jordan’s first book, Finding Jesus among Muslims, won Second Place in the ‘General Interest’ category of the 2018 “Excellence in Publishing Awards” held by the Association of Catholic Publishers. Her 2016 piece on Islamophobia in Living City won a joint 2017 Catholic Press Association First Place Award for best interfaith and ecumenical coverage.

Jordan holds a Master’s degree in theological and religious studies and completed her bachelor’s degree at Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She is a former Fulbright scholar in Amman, Jordan, where she studied the impact of the media on Muslim-Christian relations. She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband, Chris.

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