Lois Lamya al-Faruqi

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Lois Lamya al-Faruqi (Lois Ibsen) (July 25, 1926 - May 27, 1986), was an expert on Islamic art and music and was married to Ismail al-Faruqi.

Born in Montana she earned her B.A. in music from the University of Montana (1948) studying piano. She then entered Indiana University, where she was awarded an M.A. in music (1949). During this period, she met and married Ismail Raji al-Faruqi. She became an expert on the music of the Arab world and obtained her Ph.D. from Syracuse University on that subject. She and her husband both became professors at Temple University.

Al-Faruqi was murdered along with her husband on the morning of May 27, 1986, at their home in Pennsylvania.

Al-Faruqi also co-authored The Cultural Atlas of Islam with her husband, which was published posthumously by Macmillan.



  • (1986) The Cultural Atlas of Islam, co-authored with Ismail Raji' al-Faruqi, NY: Macmillan
  • (2002) Women, Muslim society, and Islam, IL: American Trust Pub