Dr Minlib Dallh, O.P.
H.M. King Abdullah ibn al-Hussein II of Jordan Fellow for the Study of Love in Religion
Originally from Burkina Faso (West Africa), Br Minlib is a Dominican friar and a member of the Southern Province of the USA. Educated as a jurist in Burkina Faso, he arrived in the USA to pursue doctoral studies in constitutional law. While preparing for the Law School Admission Test at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he encountered the Dominican friars in the area. In 2000, he joined the Province of Martin de Porres.
After completing his MA and MDiv at the Aquinas Institute in St Louis and St Louis University (MI), in 2004 Br Minlib was sent to the Dominican Institute of Oriental Studies (IDEO) in Cairo for Arabic and Islamic studies. In 2011, he completed a PhD in Islamic studies and Christian-Muslim relations at the University of Exeter and Hartford Seminary (CT USA) with a focus on comparative mysticism. After graduation, he taught at various universities in the USA: Hartford seminary, Loyola University New Orleans (LA), Rosemont College (PA), and Candler School of Theology at Emory University (GA).
Br Minlib’s primary research is on comparative mysticism: Christianity and Islam. Other research interests include: the Christian discipleship of vowed Catholic religious men and women living in the abode of Islam and the history of Dominican orientalism. With regard to the Love Project at Regent’s Park, Br Minlib’s research focuses on medieval Christian women mystics’ use of bridal/marital language and erotic imagery. His research includes pre-modern Sufi women’s concepts of intimate love of God or living in love with the Divine Beloved. His interest extends to the thorny relationship between hanbalism (arguably the most conservation school of jurisprudence in Sunni Islam) and Sufism’s religion of love. In this case, he has a particularly interest in the contribution of Hanbali Sufi women to mystical love.
A Sufi and a Friar: The Encounter of Two Men of God in the Abode of Islam (forthcoming, 2017)
Serge de Beaurecueil, Kwandja ‘Abdullah Anṣārī (396 – 481; 1004 – 1089), mystique hanbalite (Beyrouth: Imprimerie catholique, 1965) [Serge de Beaurecueil, Kwandja ‘Abdullah Anṣārī (396 – 481; 1004 – 1089), a Hanbali Sufi]
‘Anṣārī’s Munājāt (Intimate conversation with God)’, MIDEO, 30 (2014)
‘Path to the Divine: Anṣārī’s Sad maydān and Manāzil al-Sā’irīn’, Muslim World, 103.4 (2013)
‘Quest for the Divine: al-Ghazali and St Bruno of Cologne’, Muslim World, 1.102 (2011), pp. 60-69
‘The Dominican Friar Serge de Beaurecueil’s praxis mystica and Muslim-Christian Encounter’, in Pathways for Inter-religious Dialogue in the 21th Century, ed. by V. Latinovic, G. Mannion, P. Phan (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
‘Dōgen and Meister Eckhart on Detachment/non-Attachment’, Eckhart Review (forthcoming, 2016)