Islamic Studies

Islamic Studies


Interviews with scholars of Islam about their new books.

Ambereen Dadabhoy, "Shakespeare Through Islamic Worlds" (Routledge, 2023)

May 17, 2024

Shakespeare Through Islamic Worlds

Ambereen Dadabhoy

Shakespeare through Islamic Worlds (Routledge, 2024) investigates the peculiar absence of Islam and Muslims from Shakespeare’s canon. While many of Sh…

Sari Nusseibeh, "Avicenna's Al-Shifā': Oriental Philosophy" (Routledge, 2018)

May 16, 2024

Avicenna's Al-Shifā'

Sari Nusseibeh
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Sari Nusseibeh's book Avicenna's Al-Shifā': Oriental Philosophy (Routledge, 2018) deals with the philosophy of Ibn Sina - Avicenna as he was known in …

Salar Mameni, "Terracene: A Crude Aesthetics" (Duke UP, 2023)

May 5, 2024


Salar Mameni
Hosted by Najwa Mayer

In Terracene: A Crude Aesthetics (Duke UP, 2023), Salar Mameni historicizes the popularization of the scientific notion of the Anthropocene alongside …

Zahra Ayubi, "Gendered Morality: Classical Islamic Ethics of the Self, Family, and Society" (Columbia UP, 2019)

May 4, 2024

Gendered Morality

Zahra Ayubi
Hosted by Shobhana Xavier

How are notions of justice and equality constructed in Islamic virtue ethics (akhlaq)? How are Islamic virtue ethics gendered, despite their venture i…

Harry Pettit, "The Labor of Hope: Meritocracy and Precarity in Egypt" (Stanford UP, 2023)

May 2, 2024

The Labor of Hope

Harry Pettit
Hosted by Yadong Li

Capitalism is not only an economic system but also a system of production and allocation of hope. In Egypt, a generation of young men desire fulfillin…

Tarana Husain Khan et al., "Forgotten Foods: Memories and Recipes from Muslim South Asia" (Pan Macmillan, 2023)

April 28, 2024

Forgotten Foods

Tarana Husain Khan, Claire Chambers and Siobhan Lambert-Hurley
Hosted by Shobhana Xavier

Forgotten Foods: Memories and Recipes from Muslim South Asia (Pan Macmillan India, 2023) is a collection of essays and recipes that highlights the com…

Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky, "Empire of Refugees: North Caucasian Muslims and the Late Ottoman State" (Stanford UP, 2024)

April 23, 2024

Empire of Refugees

Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky
Hosted by Reuben Silverman

Between the 1850s and World War I, about one million North Caucasian Muslims sought refuge in the Ottoman Empire. This resettlement of Muslim refugees…

M. A. R. Habib and Bruce B. Lawrence, "The Qur'an: A Verse Translation" (Liveright, 2024)

April 23, 2024

The Qur'an

M. A. R. Habib and Bruce B. Lawrence
Hosted by SherAli Tareen

In their landmark new translation of the Qur’an, The Qur’an: A Verse Translation (LIveright, 2024), M. A. R. Habib and Bruce B. Lawrence translate the…

Arsalan Khan, "The Promise of Piety: Islam and the Politics of Moral Order in Pakistan" (Cornell UP, 2024)

April 19, 2024

The Promise of Piety

Arsalan Khan
Hosted by Shobhana Xavier

The Promise of Piety: Islam and the Politics of Moral Order in Pakistan (Cornell University Press, 2024) by Arsalan Khan is an incisive ethnographic s…

Egor Lazarev, "State-Building as Lawfare: Custom, Sharia, and State Law in Postwar Chechnya" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

April 13, 2024

State-Building as Lawfare

Egor Lazarev
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

State-Building as Lawfare: Custom, Sharia, and State Law in Postwar Chechnya (Cambridge University Press, 2023) by Dr. Egor Lazarev explores the use o…

Sumita Pahwa, "Politics as Worship: Righteous Activism and the Egyptian Muslim Brothers" (Syracuse UP, 2023)

April 9, 2024

Politics as Worship: Righteous Activism and the Egyptian Muslim Brothers

Sumita Pahwa
Hosted by Lamis Abdelaaty

Despite expectations that the deeply held political and religious organizing principles at the heart of the Muslim Brotherhood would prove incompatibl…

Eric Calderwood, "On Earth Or in Poems: The Many Lives of Al-Andalus" (Harvard UP, 2023)

April 8, 2024

On Earth Or in Poems

Eric Calderwood
Hosted by Tugrul Mende

During the Middle Ages, the Iberian Peninsula was home not to Spain and Portugal but rather to al-Andalus. Ruled by a succession of Islamic dynasties,…

Annika Schmeding, "Sufi Civilities: Religious Authority and Political Change in Afghanistan" (Stanford UP, 2023)

April 7, 2024

Sufi Civilities

Annika Schmeding
Hosted by SherAli Tareen

Annika Schmeding’s new book Sufi Civilities: Religious Authority and Political Change in Afghanistan (Stanford UP, 2023) is a deeply sensitive and ric…

Esra Mirze Santesso, "Muslim Comics and Warscape Witnessing" (Ohio State UP, 2023)

April 6, 2024

Muslim Comics and Warscape Witnessing

Esra Mirze Santesso
Hosted by Elizabeth Woock

Recent decades have seen an unprecedented number of comics by and about Muslim people enter the global market. Now, Muslim Comics and Warscape Witness…

Loren D. Lybarger, "Palestinian Chicago: Identity in Exile" (U California Press, 2020)

April 3, 2024

Palestinian Chicago

Loren D. Lybarger
Hosted by Roberto Mazza

Chicago is home to one of the largest, most politically active Palestinian immigrant communities in the United States. For decades, secular nationalis…

Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani, "Merits of the Plague" (Penguin, 2023)

April 2, 2024

Merits of the Plague

Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani

Six hundred years ago, the author of this landmark work of history and religious thought—an esteemed judge, poet, and scholar in Cairo—survived the bu…

Financial Access and Socio-Economic Development in Indonesia

March 19, 2024

Financial Access and Socio-Economic Development in Indonesia

Tanvir Uddin
Hosted by Natali Pearson

Globally, 1.4 billion people are considered to be “financially excluded,” meaning they cannot safely access appropriate and affordable financial servi…

Jörg Matthias Determann and Shoaib Ahmed Malik, "Islamic Theology and Extraterrestrial Life: New Frontiers in Science and Religion" (I. B. Tauris, 2024)

March 19, 2024

Islamic Theology and Extraterrestrial Life

Jörg Matthias Determann
Hosted by Roberto Mazza

Over the last thirty years, humanity has discovered thousands of planets outside of our solar system. The discovery of extraterrestrial life could be …

Umme Al-wazedi and Afrin Zeenat, "Veil Obsessed: Representations in Literature, Art, and Media" (Syracuse UP, 2024)

March 17, 2024

Veil Obsessed

Umme Al-wazedi and Afrin Zeenat
Hosted by Shobhana Xavier

In their edited volume Veil Obsessed: Representations in Literature, Art, and Media (Syracuse University Press, 2024), Umme Al-wazedi and Afrin Zeenat…

SherAli Tareen, "Perilous Intimacies: Debating Hindu-Muslim Friendship After Empire" (Columbia UP, 2023)

March 15, 2024

Perilous Intimacies

SherAli Tareen

Friendship—particularly interreligious friendship—offers both promise and peril. After the end of Muslim political sovereignty in South Asia, how did …