“Natura nihil frustra facit” (2019) by Dustin J. Byrd

Forthcoming Books:

  • Dark Charisma: Donald Trump and the Erasure of America (Ekpyrosis Press 2021).
  • Alt-Fascism: On the Philosophical Foundations of the New Radical Right (Ekpyrosis Press 2022).
  • The Pope and the Populists: Pope Francis’ Struggle with Immigration, Nationalism, and the Limits of Multiculturalism (Monograph in progress).
  • Girolamo Savonarola: A Prophetic Critique of Early Modernity. (Monograph in progress).
  • Syed Hussein Alatas and Critical Social Theory. Co-Edited with Seyed Javad Miri. (Brill 2022)
  • The Many Faces of Populism: Perspectives from Critical Theory and Beyond. Co-edited with Mlado Ivanovic and Jeremiah Morelock (In progress)
  • Hegel and the Critical Theory of Religion, by Rudolf J. Siebert, edited by Dustin J. Byrd (Ekpyrosis Press, 2021).

Forthcoming Book Chapters:

  • “A Dialectical Approach to the Roman Religion of Utility: The Hinges of History.” Co-Authored with Rudolf J. Siebert. Forthcoming book edited by Dies van der Linde (University of Amsterdam) and Francesca Mazzilli (Durham University). It is to be published by Franz Steiner Verlag (Germany), in their series “Potsdamer Altertumswissenschaftliche Beiträge” (2021).
  • “Ali Shariati and the Foundations of Islamic Socialism: Muhammad, Capitalism, and the Post-Metaphysical Socialist Alternative” in the forthcoming book Toward Indigenous Democratic Socialism. Edited by Mojtaba Mahdavi (University of Alberta) (Brill, 2021)
  • “Metapolitics and the Far-Right: On the “Non-Violent” Approach to Alt-Right Social Transformation.” Routledge Handbook of Non-Violent Extremism: Groups, Perspectives, and New Debates, edited by Elisa Orofino and William Allchorn.
  • “Islamism and its Discontents: The Post-Islamist turn as Dialectical Thought and Praxis” in Reimagining Political Islam. Edited by Seyed Javad Miri. (International Peace Studies Center: London, U.K., 2021)

Forthcoming Articles:

  • “Palingenetic Ultra-Nationalist Christianity: History, Identity, and the Falsity of Reverse Dialectics.” Praktyka Teoretyczna, Issue 4 (42/2021). Edition title: Latency of the Crisis: Globalization, Subjectivity, and Resistance. (Poznań, Poland).



  • The Frankfurt School and the Dialectics of Religion: Translating Critical Faith into Critical Theory. Kalamazoo, MI: Ekpyrosis Press (October, 2020).
  • Critical Theory of Religion: From the Frankfurt School to Emancipatory Islamic Thought. Kalamazoo, MI: Ekpyrosis Press (June, 2020).
  • Unfashionable Objections to Islamophobic Cartoons: L’affaire Charlie Hebdo. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. (July, 2017).
  • Islam in a Post-Secular Society: Religion, Secularity, and the Antagonism of Recalcitrant Faith. Brill Publishing: Leiden, Netherlands. (November, 2016). Paperback released in January of 2018. Translated into Arabic by Mohammed Aafif, Professor of History at Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco. Published by Mominoun Without Borders (Beirut, Lebanon) October, 2018. ( The book was featured at the Casablanca International Book Fair, Morocco. (February, 2019)
  • A Critique of Ayn Rand’s Philosophy of Religion: The Gospel According to John Galt.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield (Lexington Books) (February, 2015). Paperback released by Lexington Books in September, 2019.
  • Ayatollah Khomeini and the Anatomy of the Islamic Revolution in Iran: Toward a Theory of Prophetic Charisma. University Press of America: (July, 2011).

Book Editor/Co-Editor:

  • The Critique of Religion and Religion’s Critique: On Dialectical Religiology. Edited by Dustin J. Byrd. (Brill, 2020)
  • Frantz Fanon and Emancipatory Social Theory: A View from the Wretched. Co-Edited by Dustin J. Byrd and Seyed Javad Miri. (Brill, 2019). Paperback released in 2020 by Haymarket Books, Chicago (2020).
  • Ali Shariati and the Future of Social Theory: Religion, Revolution and the Role of the Intellectual. Co-edited with Seyed Javad Miri. Brill Publishing: Leiden Netherlands. (2017). Paperback released by Haymarket Books, Chicago (2018).
  • Malcolm X: From Political Eschatology to Religious Revolutionary. Co-edited with Seyed Javad Miri. Brill Publishing: Leiden, Netherlands. (2016). Paperback released by Haymarket Books, Chicago (2017).
  • The Early Critical Theory of Religion: The Island of Happiness by Rudolf J. Siebert. Sanbun Publishers: New Delhi, India. (Oct. 2014).

Book Chapters:

  • “Mythology, Enlightenment, and Dialectic: Determinate Negation” Co-authored with Rudolf J. Siebert and Michael R. Ott. How to Critique Authoritarian Populism: Methodologies of the Frankfurt School, edited by Jeremiah Morelock. (Brill, 2021).
  • “Towards a Dialectical Revivification of Religion: Aufhaben and the Potential for Renovation and Renewal” in the book The Critique of Religion and Religion’s Critique: On Dialectical Religiology. (Brill, 2020)
  • “Islamic Colonization and the Coming European Wretched: On the Ideology of Alt-Fascism” in the book The Critique of Religion and Religion’s Critique: On Dialectical Religiology. (Brill, 2020)
  • “On the Possibility of a Post-Colonial Revolutionary: Reconsidering Zizek’s Reading of Frantz Fanon in the Interregnum” in the edited volume Frantz Fanon and Emancipatory Social Theory: A View from the Wretched. Co-Edited Dustin J. Byrd and Seyed Javad Miri. (Brill, 2020)
  •  “Ali Shariati”  Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism. 2ndEdition. Edited by Immanuel Ness (CUNY Brooklyn) and Zak Cope. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020 Ebook; 2021 Paperback)
  • “Must Non-Europeans Think Like Us: A Critique of Thoughtlessness in Western and Resten Societies” in the book The Rest Write Back: Discourse and Decolonization. Edited by Esmaeil Zeiny, Ph.D. (Brill, 2019) The Rest Write Back: Discourse and Decolonization
  • “Ali Shariati and Critical Theory: From Black Affirmation to Red Negation” in Ali Shariati and the Future of Social Theory. Brill Publishing, Leiden, Netherlands. (2017)
  • “Malcolm X and Revolutionary Religion: Christianity, Islam, and the their Emancipatory Potentials” in Malcolm X: From Political Eschatology to Religious Revolutionary. Co-edited by Dustin J. Byrd and Seyed Javad Miri. Brill Publishing, Leiden, Netherlands. (2016).
  • Prologue for the book “Islamism and Post-Islamism: Reflections upon Allama Jafari’s Political Thought” By Seyed Javad Miri. University Press of America: Lanham, MD. (2014). Islamism and Post-Islamism
  • “Fromm’s Notion of Prophet and Priest: Ancient Antagonism, Modern Manifestations” in Reclaiming the Sane Society: Essays on Erich Fromm’s Thought. Edited by Robert Lake & Seyed Javad Miri. Sense Publications: Rotterdam, Netherlands. (2014) Fromm’s Notion of Prophet and Priest
  • “Bilderverbot and Utopia: God Unarticulated, Other World Unannounced” in The Dialectic of the Religious and the Secular: Studies of the Future of Religion. Edited by Dr. Michael R. Ott., Brill Publishing: Leiden, Netherlands. (2014)
  • “Nietzsche’s Transvaluation of Islam: On Philosophical Orientalism and its Consequences” in Orientalism: A Eurocentric Vision of the Other. International Peace Studies Center. London, U.K. (2013) Orientalism: A Eurocentric Vision of the Other
  • Prologue for the book Transcendent Unity of Human Culture: Allama Jafari and Russian Literary Thinkersby Dr. Seyed Javad Miri, London Academy of Iranian Studies, (2013). Transcendent Unity of Human Cultures
  • “The Modern Appeal of Islam and Buddhism” Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions. Edited by Anne Runehov & Lluis Oviedo. Springer Press, New York/Berlin. (2013) Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religion: Front Matter
  • Prologue for the book Allama Jafari on Bertrand Russell: East and West – Shall the Twain Meet? by Dr. Seyed Javad Miri. University Press of America, 2012. (2013) Allam Jafari on Bertrand Russell
  • “On the State of Islam: Thoughts on Revolution, Revolt, and Reform” in The Global Future of Religion International Peace Studies Centre. London, U.K. (2013)
  • Epilogue to Sociology and Allama M. T. Jafari: Probing into Issues of Humanities, Religion, Philosophy, and Social Science by Seyed Javad Miri. London Academy of Iranian studies. (2012)
  • “Walter Benjamin’s Critical Theory of Divine Violence and Political Messianism” in Social Theory, Religion, and Critical Discourses. Edited by Seyed Javad Miri, Lambert Academic Publishing. (2011).
  • “The Swastika and the Crescent: ‘Islamofascism’ – Fact or Political Syllogism?” in Social Theory, Religion, and Critical Discourses. Edited by Seyed Javad Miri, Lambert Academic Publishing. (2011).
  • “Reinventing Utopia: Exploring the Possibilities of That Which Has No Place” Religion and Civil Society: New National Borders, and the Paradoxes of the Globalized Cultural Environment. Tavrida National University: Simferopol, Ukraine. (2008).
  • “Secular Republic or Holy Empire: How America’s Views on Race, Class, and Religion Contribute to Global Resentment,” in Religion and Civil Society: Between Nationalism and Globalism. Tavrida National University: Simferopol, Ukraine. (2004). Translated into Russia.
  • “Global Discourse in the Face of Empire: America, Biophilia vs. Necrophilia, and the Salvation of the American Legacy,” in Religion and Civil Society: On the Way to Global Ethos. Tavrida National University: Simferopol, Ukraine. (2003).

Journal Articles:

Book Reviews:

  • Review – A Critical Introduction to Khomeini  edited by Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Cambridge University Press, 2014. Journal of the Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World (May 26, 2015).
  • A review of Jerome Braun’s “Democratic Culture and Moral Character. A Study in Culture and Personality.” Dordrecht: Springer. Rudolf J. Siebert & Dustin J. Byrd. Critical Research on Religion. Sage Publications. (Aug. 2015, Vol. 3: Issue 2).
  • A review of Dr. Manning Marable’s book Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. Islamic Perspective Journal No. 6 Dec. 2011 London Academy of Iranian Studies.
  • A review of Dr. Michael R. Ott, (Ed.) The Future of Religion: Toward a Reconciled Society. Michigan Sociological Review, Volume 23, (Fall 2009)

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