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Niloofar Haeri

Program Chair, Islamic Studies
Professor, Anthropology

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Research Interests: Islamic prayers and experiences of religiosity, gender, ritual, and language, public appearance and notions of modesty among Jews, Christians, and Muslims, social history of moral values in Iran since early 20th century; language ideology, vernacularization, and modernity. Egypt, Iran, and the Middle East

Education: PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Ryan Calder

Director and DUS, Program in Islamic Studies, Assistant Professor, Sociology

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Research Interests: Contemporary Muslim societies, sociology of markets, financialization, Islamic law and jurisprudence, comparative-historical research

Education: PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Fatimah Fanusie


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Research Interests: Twentieth-Century US, African American Islam, Civil Rights Movement, African Diaspora Culture

Education: PhD, Howard University

Arpan Roy

Research Associate
PhD, Johns Hopkins University

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Research Interests: Kinship, ethics, ethnicity, Islam, language, Israel/Palestine, Jordan, Romani people

Homayra Ziad

Senior Lecturer

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Research Interests: history, practice and literature of Islamic spirituality and virtue ethics; philosophical Sufism; Qur'an interpretation; contemporary Islam in the United States; Islam in the Mughal empire; language and subjectivity; religion and the arts; religion and vocation; community-based research; interreligious activism.

Education: Phd, Yale University

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Paul Delnero

Associate Professor of Assyriology

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Research Interests: Assyriology including Mesopotamian religion, literature, education, textual archives, and ritual.

Tamer el-Leithy

Assistant Professor of History

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Research Interests: Social/cultural history of the medieval Middle East and Mediterranean, history of religious difference

M. Ali Khan

Abram Hutzler Professor of Political Economy

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Research Interests: An exploration of the interface of the vocabulary of commerce in Islamic studies and modern discourses of economics and finance with a view to the mutual illumination of both epistemological registers.

Naveeda Khan

Associate Professor of Anthropology

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Research Interests: Bangladesh: riparian society, engineered landscapes and the theology of ecological consciousness and climate change; Pakistan: Islam and everyday life; urban anthropology; religion and theology; law and literature; techniques and technologies of perception; US and South Asia: temporality and emergent rationalities.

Lawrence Principe

Drew Professor of the Humanities, History of Science and Technology

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Research Interests: Early modern and late medieval science and technology, especially the history of alchemy/chemistry and issues of science and theology/religion

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Veena Das

Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology

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Research Interests: Everyday life, ethics, anthropology and philosophy, urban transformations, poverty, violence, gender, social suffering, aesthetics, South Asia, Europe

Michael Harrower

Assistant Professor of Archaeology

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Research Interests: Archaeology of the Near East, Arabia, and Africa; water and water histories; geographic information systems (GIS); satellite imagery; spatial theory; agriculture; irrigation; landscape archaeology; complex polities

Theodore J. Lewis

Blum-Iwry Professor of Near Eastern Studies

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Research Interests: Religions of ancient Israel and Syria; Hebrew Bible, Northwest Semitics (especially Ugaritic and Aramaic)

Sarah Parkinson

Assistant Professor

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Research Interests: Political Science and International Studies

Todd Shepard

Associate Professor, History

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Research Interests: Modern France and French empire; decolonization; gender and sexuality

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