About SherAli Tareen

SherAli Tareen is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Franklin and Marshall College. His research focuses on Muslim intellectual traditions and debates in early modern and modern South Asia.

NBN Episodes hosted by SherAli:

Islamic Studies November 20, 2020

Minding their Place

Space and Religious Hierarchy in Ibn al-Qayyim’s Aḥkām ahl al-dhimma

Antonia Bosanquet

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How was the relationship between Muslim and non-Muslim communities theologically and spatially imagined in the premodern world? How did religious hierarchies map onto notions of place and spatial distinction and hierarchies? In her dazzling new book Minding their Place: Space and Religious Hierarchy in Ibn al-Qayyim’s Aḥkām ahl al-Dhimma (Brill, 2020), Antonia Bosanquet addresses these questions through a detailed and theoretically charged reading of the famous and crucially important legal text/compendium Aḥkām …
South Asian Studies September 25, 2020

Far from the Caliph’s Gaze

Being Ahmadi Muslim in the Holy City of Qadian

Nicholas H. A. Evans

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A sustained and compelling critique of the doubt/belief binary in the anthropology of religion and Islam, Nicholas H. A. Evans’ Far from the Caliph’s Gaze: Being Ahmadi Muslim in the …
South Asian Studies August 28, 2020

Translating Wisdom

Hindu-Muslim Intellectual Interactions in Early Modern South Asia

Shankar Nair

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Shankar Nair’s new book Translating Wisdom: Hindu-Muslim Intellectual Interactions in Early Modern South Asia (University of California Press, 2020) is an intellectually daring and dazzlingly imaginative study of scholarly interactions …
Literary Studies July 3, 2020

Rediscovering the Islamic Classics

How Editors and Print Culture Transformed an Intellectual Tradition

Ahmed El-Shamsy

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Ahmed El-Shamsy’s Rediscovering the Islamic Classics: How Editors and Print Culture Transformed an Intellectual Tradition (Princeton University Press, 2020) is an astonishing scholarly feat that presents a detailed, sophisticated, and …
Literary Studies June 12, 2020

Arabic Poetics

Aesthetic Experience in Classical Arabic Literature

Lara Harb

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Lara Harb’s Arabic Poetics: Aesthetic Experience in Classical Arabic Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2020) is a delightful and formidable study on the details and development of poetics and aesthetics in …
South Asian Studies May 8, 2020

Dying to Serve

Militarism, Affect, and the Politics of Sacrifice in the Pakistan Army

Maria Rashid

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In her spellbindingly brilliant new book, Dying to Serve: Militarism, Affect, and the Politics of Sacrifice in the Pakistan Army (Stanford University Press, 2020), Maria Rashid conducts an intimate and …
British Studies April 3, 2020

Faithful Fighters

Identity and Power in the British Indian Army

Kate Imy

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In her fascinating and remarkable new book Faithful Fighters: Identity and Power in the British Indian Army (Stanford University Press, 2019), Kate Imy explores the negotiation of religious identity, military …
African American Studies March 20, 2020

The Aliites

Race and Law in the Religions of Noble Drew Ali

Spencer Dew

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In his dazzling new book The Aliites: Race and Law in the Religions of Noble Drew Ali (University of Chicago Press, 2019), Spencer Dew treats his readers to a riveting …
Middle Eastern Studies March 6, 2020

Recalling the Caliphate

Decolonization and World Order

Salman Sayyid

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In his paradigm shifting book, Recalling the Caliphate: Decolonization and World Order (Hurst, 2014), which was recently translated into Arabic as Isti‘adat al-Khilafa Tafkik al-Isti‘mar wa al-Nizam al-‘Alami, Salman Sayyid …
Middle Eastern Studies February 21, 2020

Law and Politics Under the Abbasids

An Intellectual Portrait of al-Juwayni

Sohaira Siddiqui

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In her intimidatingly brilliant new book Law and Politics Under the Abbasids: An Intellectual Portrait of al-Juwayni (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Sohaira Siddiqui conducts a masterful analysis of how conditions …
Middle Eastern Studies February 7, 2020

Slavery and Islam

Jonathan A. C. Brown

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In his majestic and encyclopedic new book Slavery and Islam (Oneworld Academic, 2019), Jonathan A. C. Brown presents a sweeping analysis of Muslim intellectual, political, and social entanglements with slavery …
Middle Eastern Studies January 13, 2020

Iran Reframed

Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic

Narges Bajoghli

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Narges Bajoghli’s gripping new book Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic (Stanford UP, 2019) presents a riveting ethnography of pro-regime media networks in Iran, and sketches an …