Political Science: Rosenkranz Hall, 115 Prospect St., Room 135
EPE: 31 Hillhouse Ave, Room 112
DPhil, Oxford (2006)
B.A., University of Pennsylvania (2000)
Research and Teaching Interests
Political theory; Islamic political thought; Islamic law; religion and political theory; comparative political theory.
Editor-in-Chief, “World Thought in Translation” Series (Yale University Press)
Recipient of the Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion, American Academy of Religion (Constructive-Reflective Studies Category)
2015. “What Can the Islamic Past Teach Us about Secular Modernity?” (Review Essay), Political Theory, vol. 43(6), (December 2015), pp. 838-49.
2015. “Political Islam: Theory,” Annual Review of Political Science, vol. 18 (June 2015), pp. 103-23.
2015. “Democratizing Toleration,” Critical Exchange on Toleration, Contemporary Political Theory, vol. 14:2 (April 2015), pp. 178-184.
2015. “On the Will to be Disciplined,” Political Theory, Vol. 43, Issue 2 (April 2015), pp. 234-241.
2015. “Naturalizing Sharīʿa: Foundationalist Ambiguities in Modern Islamic Apologetics,” Islamic Law and Society, 22:1-2 (February 2015), pp. 45-81.
2002. “The Use and Abuse of History: ‘National Ideology’ as Transcendental Object in Islam Karimov’s ‘Ideology of National Independence’,” Central Asian Survey, Vol. 21, No. 4 (December), pp. 371-384.
Work in progress
I am presently at work on a number of projects related to modern Islamic political thought. One project examines modern Islamic theories of political sovereignty, particularly how they negotiate between the ideals of divine and popular sovereignty. Another project is a study of modern Islamic justifications and characterizations of shari’a as a socio-political doctrine appropriate for “all times and places,” focusing in particular on the uses of theological anthropology and moral psychology.
Fall 2015: Directed Studies (Philosophy)
Spring 2016: Islam and Democracy in the Modern Middle East
Past Classes (contact me for syllabi)
Introduction to Political Theory (PLSC 599)
Islamic Law & Ethics (PLSC 329 (589); YLS 20484; RLST 197 (713))
Islamic Political Thought (PLSC 325)
Terrorism, Ethics, Rule of Law (PLSC 286)
Sovereignty (PLSC 306(635); EP&E 255; PHIL 462)
Introduction to Political Theory: Analyzing Political Concepts (PLSC 315)
Contemporary Political Philosophy: Justification (PLSC 588b)
Comparative Political Theory: Islam and Liberalism (PLSC 321; EP&E 314)
Religion and Political Theory (PLSC 289)
Kant’s Political Philosophy (PLSC 291 (631); PHIL 466 (666))
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