BS San Diego State University
MA University of Iowa
PhD University of California Riverside

Department of Bahá’í History and Texts, Department of Religion, Theology, and Philosophy

Desiring to promote inter-religious understanding, critical engagement, and respect, I left the field of early childhood education and entered graduate school for religious studies in 2006 and in 2015 earned my PhD from the University of California Riverside in Religious Studies with a focus on Islamic Studies and Religion in America. My dissertation is called “American Islam, the Next Generation: Young Adult Muslim Americans on Campus—Faith, Identities, Citizenship, Gender, and Pluralism.” I have taught Comparative Religion and Humanities at North Arizona University and currently teach at Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga University. My first journal article was published with the Muslim World in 2018 on “Young Adult Muslim perspectives of soteriological potentials of non-Muslims.” Currently, I’m working on a review of the book American Messiahs, revising a research paper on Bahá’í pilgrimage to submit for publication, and completing a research project on the 99 Beautiful Names of God in Islam’s links with Bahá’u’lláh’s Long Healing Prayer.


Daniel Azim Pschaida


Bahá’u’lláh’s Early Mystic Writings, Gems of Mysteries and Other Early Tablets, Introduction to Islam, Introduction to Shi’i Islam, Introduction to Sufism, Introduction to the Qur’an, Islam for Deepening and Dialogue, The Kitab-i-Iqan, Understanding Religion: Conceptual and Experiential Aspects

Lecture Topics

Islam and the Bahá’í Faith
Sufism and Bahá’u’lláh’s mystical writings
Comparative Theisms–One God or many gods?
Bahá’í Faith and the Unity of Religions
Bahá’í Faith and the Oneness of Humanity
99 Beautiful Names of God and Bahá’u’lláh’s Long Healing Prayer