Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies


Rita George-Tvrtkovic, Ph.D.

Rita George-Tvrtković

Assistant Professor (theology)

Kindlon 149
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Ph.D. (theology), University of Notre Dame | 2007


M.T.S. (theological studies), Weston Jesuit School of Theology | 1997


B.A. (anthropology), University of Tulsa | 1994


Research Interests

Dr. Tvrtković is a historical theologian specializing in the medieval period. Research interests include medieval Christian-Muslim-Jewish relations, pilgrimage literature, medieval women “vernacular” theologians, contemporary Catholic interreligious dialogue, and comparative theology (Islam).


Recent and Forthcoming Publications


A Christian Pilgrim in Medieval Iraq: Riccoldo da Montecroce's Encounter with Islam. Medieval Voyaging Series (Turnhout: Brepols Publishing, 2012).

Nicholas of Cusa and Islam: Polemic and Dialogue in the Late Middle Ages, ed. Ian C. Levy, Rita George-Tvrtković, and Donald F. Duclow (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2014).


"After the Fall: Riccoldo da Montecroce and Nicholas of Cusa on Religious Diversity." Theological Studies 73.3 (September 2012): 641-662.


"Hildegard's Hexaemeron: Biblical Exegesis in Light of the Rule." American Benedictine Review 64:3 (December 2013): 412-427.


"Riccoldo da Montecroce on bismillah and salawat" in Ritus infidelium: Miradas interconfesionales sobre las prácticas religiosas en la Edad Media, ed. José Martínez Gázquez and John Tolan (Madrid: Collection de la Casa de Velázquez, 2013).


"Islam," chapter (co-authored with Zeki Saritoprak) in World Religions - A Comparative Theological Approach, ed. Wilhelmus Valkenberg (Winona, Minn.: Anselm Academic, 2013).


Courses Taught

HNRS 230 | Baptism of Europe (Honors)


THEO 102 | Theology of Justice


THEO 104 | Faith and Science


THEO 225 | Pilgrimage


THEO 235 | Interreligious Dialogue


THEO 270/370 | Benedictine Wisdom Tradition


THEO 391 | Theology of Thomas Aquinas


WRIT 101 | Person in Community