David Ede

David Ede (4 July 1935 – 13 September 2008) was an American scholar of Islam.

David Ede
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Born4 July 1935
Died13 September 2008 (aged 73)
Kalamazoo, Michigan
EducationSt. Olaf College
Luther Seminary
McGill University
SubjectIslamic Studies
Notable worksGuide to Islam.
SpouseYumi Takahashi-Ede


David Ede was born on July 4, 1935, as the son of a Lutheran minister. He studied Lutheran theology at St. Olaf College and Luther Theological Seminary and received bachelor's degrees from these institution in 1957 and 1961. Subsequently, he studied Islam at the McGill University Institute of Islamic Studies where he received a master's degree in 1967 and his doctorate with honors in 1978.[1]

He started his teaching career as an instructor at Augsburg College in Minneapolis and McGill University in Montreal before moving to the Western Michigan University Department of Comparative Religion where he taught Islamic Studies from 1970 to 2008 and served as departement head at the time of his death in 2008.

His Guide to Islam remains an essential reference work.[2] It lists a wide range of reference materials and historical works from pre-Islamic to modern times, as well as publications on religious thought, law, art, and other topics, with ample annotations.

Selected bibliographyEdit

  • Guide to Islam. Boston, Mass.: G.K. Hall, 1983.[1]
    • Reviews: The Muslim World, 74: 204–237 (1984); The International Journal of African Historical Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1, pp. 188–190 (1985); Choice, Vol. 21, p. 1444 (1984).
  • Mullā Ṣadrā and the problem of freedom and determinism: a critical study of the Risālah fīl̓-qaḍā ̓wal̓-qadar. McGill University Press, 1980; dissertation, 1978 [2].
  • Some considerations on the freedom-determinism controversy in classical Islamic theology. McGill University, 1967 [3].
  • "Ḥasan al-Baṣrī, al-", Encyclopædia Britannica 2006.[4]
  • "David Ede." Obituaries: [5], [6], [7], [8].

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-08-14. Retrieved 2017-08-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Islam & Middle East Studies Research Guide: General Guides to the Subject". Penn Libraries. Archived from the original on 17 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015.