About Asad Dandia

Asad is a graduate student of Islamic Studies at Columbia University

NBN Episodes hosted by Asad:

Middle Eastern Studies November 12, 2020

Muhammad's Body

Baraka Networks and the Prophetic Assemblage

Michael Muhammad Knight

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Muhammad's Body: Baraka Networks and the Prophetic Assemblage by Michael Muhammad Knight (UNC Press, 2020) joins the emerging subfield of literature in Islamic Studies exploring embodiment and materiality as concepts for making sense of the spatial and temporal developments of Muslim subjectivities. Knight’s monograph is the first to delve into these themes as it concerns the Prophet Muhammad’s body and its functions, relationships, representations, symbolism, and postmortem contestations within Islamic …
Middle Eastern Studies September 15, 2020

Studying the Qur’an in the Muslim Academy

Majid Daneshgar

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“Consider the works of the renowned Nobel-prize-winning African American writer, literary and social critic, and activist Toni Morrison (b. 1931),” writes Majid Daneshgar. “Hers—like Said’s—are popular in the West and …
Middle Eastern Studies August 5, 2020

Preserving Islamic Tradition

Abu Nasr Qursawi and the Beginnings of Modern Reformism

Nathan Spannaus

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What were some of the major transformations taking place for Muslim communities in the Russian Empire of the eighteenth century? How did the introduction of a state-backed structure for Muslim …
Middle Eastern Studies August 3, 2020

Believing Women in Islam

Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an

Asma Barlas

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In this revised edition of her classic and groundbreaking work, Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an (University of Texas Press, 2019), Asma Barlas demonstrates how a …
Art February 4, 2020

Modernism on the Nile

Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary

Alex Dika Seggerman

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With scholarship in the discipline of history witnessing a shift toward global approaches to local historical processes, new questions are being raised about how to identify commensurate theoretical methods and …
Middle Eastern Studies January 7, 2020

Modern Things on Trial

Islam’s Global and Material Reformation in the Age of Rida, 1865-1935

Leor Halevi

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How did Muslims respond to foreign goods in an age characterized by global exchange and European imperial expansion? What sort of legal reasoning did scholars apply in order to appropriate …
Middle Eastern Studies December 24, 2019

Philosophy in the Islamic World

A History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps, Volume 3

Peter Adamson

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It is no easy task to survey and present a comprehensive history of philosophy of an entire intellectual tradition to a broad public audience without compromising on the scholarly rigor …
Middle Eastern Studies December 18, 2019

Modern Muslim Theology

Engaging God and the World with Faith and Imagination

Martin Nguyen

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What precisely is “Muslim theology?” What would a “Muslim theology” in the present day look like? And what then is a “Muslim theology of engagement?” In Modern Muslim Theology: Engaging …
American Studies December 16, 2019

When Islam Is Not a Religion

Inside America’s Fight for Religious Freedom

Asma T. Uddin

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What happens when a religion is demonized to such an extent that it is no longer deemed a religion – but an ideology? What effect does such a political refashioning …
Middle Eastern Studies December 9, 2019

Both Eastern and Western

An Intellectual History of Iranian Modernity

Afshin Matin-Asgari

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Following the Iranian Revolution of 1978—79, public and scholarly interest in Iran have skyrocketed, with a plethora of attempts seeking to understand and explain the events which led up to …
Middle Eastern Studies December 3, 2019

Between Iran and Zion

Jewish Histories of Twentieth-Century Iran

Lior Sternfeld

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Between Iran and Zion: Jewish Histories of Twentieth-Century Iran (Stanford University Press, 2019) by Lior Sternfeld presents the first systematic study of the rich and variegated history of Jews in …
Middle Eastern Studies November 29, 2019

Medieval Islamic Sectarianism

Christine D. Baker

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How do contemporary events shape the ways in which we read, understand, and interpret historical processes of identity formation? How can we resist framing conflicts of the past through frameworks …