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Laura Locke Estes, Faculty Fellow

Laura Locke Estes

Assistant Professor of Religion
Religion and Philosophy, Seaver College
AC 212


I study religion in late antiquity with particular focus on the literature of Syriac-speaking Christian communities. My current research project, tentatively titled Naming Hagar's Children: Late Antique Christian Portrayals of Early Islam, explores identity formation and literary representation of Muslims in Christians narratives from the 7th-9th centuries CE. It considers how Christian authors transformed existing literary traditions, especially biblical exegesis and polemic, to name and portray Muslims as "Jews," "pagans," and "heretics."


  • PhD Theological Studies, Saint Louis University, 2022
  • MA Ancient and Oriental Christianity, Abilene Christian University, 2016
  • BA History and Biblical Languages, Freed-Hardeman University, 2012


  • Jewish-Christian Muslim Relations
  • Late Antique Scriptures and Exegesis
  • Syriac Christianity


  • REL 100: The Way of Jesus
  • REL 200: The Story of Christian Scripture