Elizabeth Martin is a graduate from the University of Georgia in Athens with a M.A. and B. A. in religion. She studied with Dr. Kenneth Honerkamp, Dr. Alan Godlas and Dr. Carolyn Jones-Medine. Her research is in the field of Ism?’?l? Isl?m analyzing the educational methods used by Ism?’?l?s in notable works and movements to enable an understanding of the eternal truths (?aq?’iq) that are hidden in the inner meaning (b??in) of revelation. She has presented her findings at academic conferences in Georgia, California, and North Carolina. In addition to her graduate research, Elizabeth has worked at UGA teaching RELI 1001: an Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. She hopes to continue her research in a Ph.D. program looking at ways to understand and teach Islam in post-9/11 America.
As an instructor of religion, Elizabeth encourages students to make an objective analysis of the major religions of the world. This approach will give students a foundation upon which they can easily build to become well-rounded and well-educated individuals. As in interdisciplinary field, religion can be found within many of the realms of study, and students who study religion will see the connections between religion and history, sociology, gender relations, anthropology and much more. Religion is an ever-developing cultural phenomenon and Elizabeth strives to have students think critically and analytically about something that has had profound influence over most of human civilization. She motivates her students to identify any personal biases they may have while bringing their authentic selves to the class in order to gain insight, and not judge, a system of belief that may be in concord or conflict with their own.