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Laura Locke Estes, Faculty Fellow

Laura Locke Estes

Assistant Professor of Religion
Religion and Philosophy, Seaver College


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."

A native of Austin, TX, I completed a BA in History and Biblical Languages at Freed-Hardeman University, an MA in Ancient and Oriental Christianity at Abilene Christian University, and a PhD in Theological Studies with a concentration in Christianity in Late Antiquity at Saint Louis University.