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Redha Al Lawati

University of Exeter

Islamic Philosophy

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Tazeen Ali

Boston University, Graduate Division of Religious Studies

Islam and gender, American Islam, Islamic law, authority

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Kecia Ali

Boston University

Islamic law, Islamic ethics, religious biography, gender and sexuality

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Evan Anhorn

Boston University

Islam and modernity, Islamic education

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Sean Anthony

The Ohio State University

Early Islam, Late Antiquity

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Mushegh Asatryan

University of Calgary

Medieval Islam, early Shi'ism,

I am a historian of medieval Muslim Middle East. I am interested in how religious… Read more

I am a historian of medieval Muslim Middle East. I am interested in how religious ideas reflect social and cultural realities, and my area of research covers the Arabic and Persian Middle East. Show less

Ellen Asermely

Boston University

International relations focusing on the Middle East and North Africa, Muslim cultures, Arabic language

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Thomas Barfield

Boston University

Anthropology, history

Dr. Thomas Barfield’s current research focuses on problems of political development in Afghanistan, particularly on… Read more

Dr. Thomas Barfield’s current research focuses on problems of political development in Afghanistan, particularly on systems of local governance and dispute resolution. He has also published extensively on contemporary and historic nomadic pastoral societies in Eurasia with a particular emphasis on politics and economy. Show less

Samuel Barry

Independent Scholar

Religion, ancient history, Arabic sciences and philosophy

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Michael Bates

American Numismatic Society

Islamic history, caliphates, numismatics

University of Chicago A.B. 1963, Ph.D. 1975 Curator of Islamic Coins, American Numismatic Society, 1970-2005… Read more

University of Chicago A.B. 1963, Ph.D. 1975 Curator of Islamic Coins, American Numismatic Society, 1970-2005 Curator Emeritus, 2005- Show less

Jeffrey Bristol

Boston University

Anthropology of Islam, Islamic law

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Hyunjin Cho

Boston University

Nineteenth-century Persian art

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Patick Coleman

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Olga Davidson

Boston University

Persian and Arabic languages and literature

Olga M. Davidson earned her Ph.D. in 1983 from Princeton University in Near Eastern Studies.… Read more

Olga M. Davidson earned her Ph.D. in 1983 from Princeton University in Near Eastern Studies. She is on the faculty of the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations, Boston University, where she has served as Research Fellow since 2009. From 1992 to 1997, she was Chair of the Concentration in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Brandeis University. Since 1999, she has been Chair of the Board, Ilex Foundation. Show less

Vanessa De Gifis

Wayne State University

Qur'anic hermeneutics; Islamic theology; the Abbasid Caliphate

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Hussein Fancy

University of Michigan

Medieval Iberia and North Africa

Hussein Fancy’s research and writing focus on the social, cultural, and intellectual history of religious… Read more

Hussein Fancy’s research and writing focus on the social, cultural, and intellectual history of religious interaction in the medieval Mediterranean. In particular, he is interested in projects that combine the use of Latin, Arabic, and Romance archival sources. His first book, The Mercenary Mediterranean, examined the service of Muslim soldiers from North Africa to the Christian kings of the Crown of Aragon in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Far from marking the triumph of toleration, he argued, the alliance of Christian kings and Muslim soldiers depended on and reproduced ideas of religious difference. Show less

May Farhat

University of the Holy Spirit, Kaslik, Lebanon (USEK)

Islamic architecture, Islamic art, Safavid Iran

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Jeremy Farrell

Emory University

Islamic asceticism; formation of religious communities; lost works; Sufism

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Greg Fisher

Carleton University

Roman Empire, pre-Islamic Middle East

Greg Fisher earned a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford (2008) where he studied under… Read more

Greg Fisher earned a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford (2008) where he studied under the supervision of Averil Cameron; this thesis was examined by Fergus Millar and Robert Hoyland. His research interests focus on the Middle East in late antiquity (AD 200–800), particularly on the political impact of the Roman and Persian empires in the region’s frontier zones. Show less

Niloofar Fotouhi

ILEX Foundation

Middle Eastern & Near Eastern Studies

Executive Director, ILEX Foundation

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Garth Fowden

University of Cambridge

Late Antiquity and Islam

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Adam Gaiser

Florida State University

Kharijites, Ibadis, Islamic Sectarianism

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Kenneth Garden

Tufts University

Al-Ghazali, Ibn Arabi, al-Andalus

Ken Garden received his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of… Read more

Ken Garden received his doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 2005. He is the author of The First Islamic Reviver: Abū Hāmid al-Ghazālī and his Revival of the Religious Sciences (Oxford: 2014). His current research centers the development of Sufism in North Africa and Muslim Spain in the 12th and 13th centuries. He also has a website that presents and analyzes examples of religious discourse from different currents in contemporary Egyptian Islam. Show less

Michael Graves

Wheaton College, IL

Qur'an and biblical literature, Islamic origins

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Zohar Hadromi-Allouche

The University of Aberdeen

Hadith, Qur'an, Sira, Qisas al-anbiya', religious literature, folklore

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Laurel Harig

University of Chicago

Pilgrimage, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, syncretism, relics

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Hans Harmakaputra

Boston College

Comparative theology, Islamic mysticism, Islamic theology, Muslim-Christian relations

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Renata Holod

University of Pennsylvania

Landscape archaeology, artisanal practices, city layout, lighting medieval interiors

Renata Holod is Professor, and Curator in the Near East Section, Museum of Archaeology and… Read more

Renata Holod is Professor, and Curator in the Near East Section, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. She received her BA in Islamic Studies from the University of Toronto, MA in the History of Art from University of Michigan and Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Harvard University. She has done archaeological and architectural fieldwork in Syria, Iran, Morocco, Central Asia and Turkey, and on the island of Jerba, Tunisia. Her most recent project is a collaborative study of the grave goods of a Qipchaq kurgan in the Black Sea steppe of the thirteenth century. Show less

Aaron Hughes

University of Rochester

Islamic origins, theory and method

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Azadeh Latifkar

Tehran University of Art

Ilkhanid and Timurid art and architecture, art and culture of Central Asia

Ph.D. candidate, History of Islamic Art, Tehran University of Art

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A. David Lewis

MCPHS University

Popular culture, thanatology, eschatology, comic books, narratology

A. David Lewis is a Faculty Associate with MCPHS University and holds a Ph.D. in… Read more

A. David Lewis is a Faculty Associate with MCPHS University and holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Boston University. He is a founding member of Sacred & Sequential (a collection of scholars on comics and religion), co-editor of Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels, and author of the Eisner Award-nominated American Comic Books, Literary Theory, and Religion: The Superhero Afterlife. Show less

Han Hsien Liew

Harvard University

Medieval Islamic history, Islamic political thought, Islam in Southeast Asia

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Noora Lori

Boston University

Migration, citizenship, Middle East, Indian Ocean

Noora Lori’s research broadly focuses on the political economy of migration, the development of security… Read more

Noora Lori’s research broadly focuses on the political economy of migration, the development of security institutions and international migration control, and the establishment and growth of national identity systems. She is particularly interested in the study of temporary worker programs and racial hierarchies in comparative perspective. Regionally, her work examines the shifting population movements accompanying state formation in the Persian Gulf, expanding the study of Middle East politics to include historic and new connections with East Africa and the Indian subcontinent. Show less

Christine Luckritz Marquis

Union Presbyterian Seminary

Late Antiquity

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Fadhli Lukman

Orientalisches Seminar, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

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Martin Lund

Linnaeus University/Gotham Center for New York City History, CUNY Graduate Center

Comic books, popular culture, representation, identity

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Ulrika Mårtensson

NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Qur'an, Tafsir, historiography, linguistics, political theory in religious forms

Jeg har en mastergrad i arabisk og religionshistorie fra Stockholms Universitet (1989), og doktorgrad i… Read more

Jeg har en mastergrad i arabisk og religionshistorie fra Stockholms Universitet (1989), og doktorgrad i religionshistorie fra Uppsala Universitet (2001) med avhandlingen "The True New Testament: Sealing the Heart's Covenant in al-Tabari's History of the Messengers and the Kings." Min forskning handler om islam. Takket være en kollega som for mange år siden, varslet meg til den franske religionshistoriker , Michel de Certeau (d. 1986), har jeg blitt mer og mer fascinert av hvordan moderne akademia begrepsligjører 'religion' og sin egen relasjon med det som 'vitenskap'. Jeg prøver å utforske skjæringspunktene mellom 'religion' og akademisk og teoretisk tenkning, og hva disse skjæringspunktene innebærer for hvordan indvider og institusjoner begrepsligjører og 'behandler' religiøse mennesker, gjenstander og bevegelser. Show less

Jeremy Menchik

Boston University

Political Science, religion and politics, Islam, Indonesia

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Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst

University of Vermont

Islam in South Asia, definitions of religion, history of religion, colonialism

I am an Assistant Professor of Religion here at the University of Vermont. My specialization… Read more

I am an Assistant Professor of Religion here at the University of Vermont. My specialization within the broad scope of the study of religion is Islam, with a particular regional focus on South Asia. My current research deals with issues of Muslim and Hindu religious identity, historiography, and the development of theories of religion. My research interests include South Asian Islam, Indo-Persian literature, Mughal Empire history, colonialism in South Asia, postcolonial theory, theories of religion, history of religion, religious identity formation, Sufism, and South Asian religions. Show less

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Helle Lykke Nielsen

University of Southern Denmark

ISIS, death and dying among Muslims, martyrdom

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Kristian Petersen

University of Nebraska Omaha

China, Media, Film

Kristian Petersen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and co-director of the… Read more

Kristian Petersen is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and co-director of the Islamic Studies Program at the University of Nebraska Omaha. He is on the advisory board for the forthcoming Introductions to Digital Humanities: Religion series published with De Gruyter, and is co-editing Introductions to Digital Humanities: Research Methods in the Study of Religion with Christopher Cantwell. He is Assistant Director of MRB Radio at Marginalia Review of Books where he hosts a podcast called Directions in the Study of Religion and contributes to the First Impressions series. As the host of the New Books in Religion and New Books in Islamic Studies podcasts he discusses exciting scholarship with authors of new books. His first book is Interpreting Islam in China: Pilgrimage, Scripture, and Language in the Han Kitab (Oxford University Press, 2017). He is currently editing a collection for the Mizan Series with ILEX Foundation, Muslims in the Movies: A Global Anthology, and writing a monograph entitled The Cinematic Lives of Muslims. Show less

Matthew Pierce

Centre College

Hagiography, Shi'ism, Gender

My research focuses on early and classical Islamic history, particularly the development of Sunni and… Read more

My research focuses on early and classical Islamic history, particularly the development of Sunni and Shi'i socio-religious boundaries in those periods. I am interested in the ways in which the construction of historical narratives reflect and influence the scope and meaning of cultural symbols related to gender, identity, and authority. Show less

Johanna Pink

University of Freiburg, Germany

Qur'anic exegesis, Qur'an translations

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Jessica Anne Rahardjo

SOAS and University College London

Islamic art and architecture

I am an art historian working in the field of post-colonial museology of Islamic art.… Read more

I am an art historian working in the field of post-colonial museology of Islamic art. My current research examines the intersection between museums, cultural heritage, cultural representation and nationalism. I am also interested in an expanded field of Islamic art, in particular Southeast Asian Islamic art. Show less

Hussein Rashid

islamicate, L3C

Muslims in America, popular culture, Shi'ism

Hussein Rashid, Ph.D., is founder of islamicate, L3C, a consultancy focusing on religious literacy and… Read more

Hussein Rashid, Ph.D., is founder of islamicate, L3C, a consultancy focusing on religious literacy and cultural competency. He works as a contingent faculty member. He has a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University, a Masters in Theological Studies focusing on Islam, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, focusing on South and Central Asia, from Harvard University. His research focuses on Muslims and American popular culture. He writes and speaks about music, comics, movies, and the blogistan. He also has a deep interest in Shi’i justice theology. Show less

John C. Reeves

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

history of religions in Near East and Central Asia

John C. Reeves (Ph.D., Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) is Blumenthal Professor of Judaic… Read more

John C. Reeves (Ph.D., Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) is Blumenthal Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Much of his work probes the margins of conventionally conceived categories, exploring the overlaps and commonalities discernible among a host of Near Eastern fringe groups and texts which inhabit the twilight realms of cosmic arcana, apocalyptic fervor, and religious dualism in late antiquity and the medieval era. Show less

Mikaela Ringquist

Boston University

International Relations, Public Health, Arts, Middle East, Afghanistan

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Ali Rida Rizek

University of Goettingen

Arabic and Islamic Studies

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Sabine Schmidtke

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Islamic Studies

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Kathryn Schwartz

Harvard University

Book History, print in Egypt

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Jessica Stern

Boston University

Violence, terrorism

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Mushtaq Ahmad Wani

Fatih Sultan Mehmet Waqf University

IR Theory, Political Islam, Islamization of knowledge, Turkish politics, OIC, Kashmir

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David Warren

University of Edinburgh

Contemporary Islam

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Liran Yadgar

Yale University

Jewish-Islamic relations in the Middle Ages, Mamluk Studies, religious polemics

Liran Yadgar, a Postgraduate Associate at the Judaic Studies Program of Yale University and a… Read more

Liran Yadgar, a Postgraduate Associate at the Judaic Studies Program of Yale University and a PhD Candidate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the University of Chicago, studies the social and intellectual history of Jews and Muslims in the Medieval Islamic World. He is particularly interested in the history of Jews in Mamluk Egypt and Syria (1250-1517), and Jewish-Muslim polemics. His dissertation, "The Judeo-Muslim Symbiosis Revisited: Jews and Muslims in the Later Middle Period (1200-1500 CE)," examines Jewish-Muslim intellectual exchange in three treatises from Egypt and the Maghrib. Show less