For the Australian musician, see Jeff Lang
Jeffrey Lang (born January 30, 1954 in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is an American mathematician, currently a professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Kansas.
He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1981. His thesis, on Zariski surfaces, was written under the direction of William Heinzer and Piotr Blass.
Lang was born in a Roman Catholic
family. Although he went to a Roman Catholic school, by the time Jeffrey was 16, he was an atheist
. He converted to Islam
in the early 1980s, and admits that he finds much spiritual satisfaction being a Muslim
. Lang married a Saudi
Muslim woman named Rakia and has three children, Jameelah, Sarah, and Fattin. In addition to numerous articles, he has written three books that are widely read among American Muslims
. In his book Even Angels Ask: A Journey to Islam in America
he shares with his readers the many insights that have unfolded for him through his self discovery and progress within the religion of Islam.
In recent times Mr. Lang has been an active voice in Islamic circles, and is one of the most recognizable inspirational speakers for Mecca Centric, an American Muslim educational organization. He serves as an Advisor and founding parent to the moderate North American group Generation Islam.
- Lang, Jeffrey (1994). Struggling to Surrender: Some Impressions of an American Convert to Islam. Beltsville. (ISBN 0915957264).
- Lang, Jeffrey (1997). Even Angels Ask: A Journey to Islam in America. Beltsville. (ISBN 0915957671).
- Lang, Jeffrey (2004). Losing My Religion: A Call for Help. Beltsville. (ISBN 1590080270).