About the writer

Jordan Denari Duffner

Jordan Denari Duffner, Photo courtesy of Salt+Light TV

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

The author of Finding Jesus among Muslims: How Loving Islam Makes Me a Better Catholic, Jordan is currently pursuing a PhD in Theological and Religious Studies at Georgetown University. Jordan is also an associate of the Bridge Initiative, where she previously worked from 2014 to 2017 as a research fellow studying Islamophobia.

Jordan’s 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.

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. Jordan’s essay on Pope Francis and youth was published in A Pope Francis Lexicon, a 2018 Liturgical Press anthology about Pope Francis and the words he uses. She is working on a book about Islamophobia, written for a Christian audience, with Orbis Books.

Jordan’s writing on Islam and Catholicism has appeared in numerous outlets including TIME, The Washington Post, and America. Her 2016 piece on Islamophobia in Living City won a joint 2017 Catholic Press Association First Place Award for best interfaith and ecumenical coverage. A frequent media commentator, Jordan has been appeared on news programs on BBCAl-Jazeera, and local public radio stations. Often consulting with journalists, Jordan has given numerous talks on Islamophobia and interfaith dialogue to diverse audiences.

Jordan holds a Master’s degree in theological and religious studies and completed her bachelors degree at Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She is a former Fulbright researcher 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.

If you would like to contact Jordan regarding speaking engagements or other matters, please use the contact form on this website.

(The views and opinions expressed here are solely my own, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy, positions, or mission of Georgetown University, the Bridge Initiative, or the Fulbright program.)





17 thoughts on “About the writer

  1. ……and you said you have been doing nothing since you came home for summer vacation. Well done, once again ~~~~ G and G

  2. I think you are one of the coolest people I have met. I am so glad that you decided to go to Georgetown and I have no doubt that you will do amazing things. I am excited to see all the good you are going to do!

  3. Thanks so much for your contribution on my blog this afternoon, Jordan. I’m pretty sure you’re the first Hoosier to ever leave a comment! 🙂

    It’s a small world. I grew up northwest of Indianapolis: Noblesville – Carmel areas.

  4. Thanks for your post on my blog earlier! It sounds like you’re off to a bright future, with all the many amazing accomplishments and focused determination you have already (mashAllah)!

    I was working in Indy for the past few years actually – small world! I just moved to a different state to take a new job though; too bad! 🙂

    Keep up the great work!

  5. Hi Jordan. Thanks for stopping by the blog. I’m glad you liked the piece. It looks like you are doing very good work to help relations between Islam and the West. Bravo to You!

    Be Well,

  6. Hello Jordan

    Thank you for your insightful and balanced piece on Rushdie. You quoted from my book on that topic and I am grateful for that.
    I live and work in the USA now and would like to speak to you about your interests. You can email me also. I am in Norfolk, Virginia and teach philosophy here. I am at 757 683 3864 and sakhtar@odu.edu


  7. Jordan:

    You can be assured of how proud you make your Saint Matthew Catholic Elementary School teachers here in Indy. You were a model student, well-informed, and an attitude of grace. We are so happy to see you so successful … of which your teachers and I already knew you were headed for greatness.

    Keep up the good work … and it is Social Justice that we all must support … for all religions, for all people.

    Martin Erlenbaugh, Your Elementary School Principal

    Peace – Shalom – שלום – السلام

  8. Interesting that I discovered your site. I’m an American and Catholic . . . living in Kuwait. So while I found you because I’m helping my wife (who plays the piano at our local “church”) discover what she’s supposed to play for the “new” Mass . . . it’s interesting that you write about the Arab culture. . . . Meanwhile, I’ve not had any success finding out how the Mass is changing for the musicians or where they are to find the music that they’re expected to play. Do you know of any sites where she can get specific information? Thanks.

    John Hayes

    • Hi John,
      I’m glad you found my site! I’m not sure of any places for you to look, but if you already haven’t, I’d check the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website. Hope this helps! I’d be really interested to hear more about your experience in Kuwait. What do you do there?

  9. I recently returned from my fourth trip to occupied Palestine. Based In [occupied] Bethlehem, I am a volunteer journalist for IMEMC and have come to know Palestinians – Christians and Muslims – as well as Jewish supporters and settlers. A complex problem few Americans understand, I try to describe what life is like for people living under occupation by telling their stories I trust in this way, we can look beyond prejudice and misconception and see the humanity shared by all. I feel you will carry on your good work, which ultiately must lead to peace w/ justice for all.

  10. i found your blog by coincidence and really loved it, best wishes for you
    غيث البلاونة من الاردن

  11. Pingback: Georgetown University Presents Index Islamophobicus: Andrew Harrod | RUTHFULLY YOURS

    • To be more precise it sounds like you are an apostate within the Church. I wonder how familiar you are with the Baha’i Faith? Perhaps, one day you may formally convert to it. Of course, I went the opposite way and so understand, as a Catholic convert, that you can’t possibly have been initiated into the Divine Mysteries and hold the views you do, which would mean, of course, that your life–at least so far–has never actually been touched by the sacraments. It is impossible to be a Catholic in reality when you haven’t experientially entered into the Divine Mysteries through the sacraments.

      God Bless, I wish you peace.

  12. Saw your article on Pope Francis’ outreach to Muslims. By stating God actively wills all religions he is effectively saying that the martyrs deaths were meaningless. Should they have just switched to another ‘God willed religion’ and spared their lives?

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