CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

Post-Doc Department of Theology, The University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (2013)
2013 Editor & Coordinator for the Mellon-Sawyer Qur’an Seminar Project
Editor: The Quran Seminar: A Collaborative Study of 50 Select Passages // Le Coran Seminar: Nouveau Commentaire de 50 Passages Coraniques (forthcoming)

Ph.D. Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2014)
Early Muslim Historiography (David Powers); Qur'anic Studies (Gabriel Reynolds); Classical Muslim Literature (Shawkat Toorawa); Late Antique and Medieval Judaism (Ross Brann)
Dissertation: “The Qur’an’s Communal Ideology: Rhetoric and Representation in Scripture and Early Historiography”

M.A. Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2011)
2011 Late Antiquity and Early Islam

B.A. Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, Binghamton University, Vestal, NY (2008)
Majors: Linguistics (Honors), Classical Arabic, French Literature; Minor: Translation Theory
Honors Thesis: “Persian Anxieties and Sanskritic Revivalism in Indian Nativist Discourse”

 

COURSES

Instructor "Jews in Muslim Contexts, Muslims in Jewish Contexts” (Univ. of Washington)
Seminar course on the dynamic and complex relationship between Judaism and Islam, a relationship that has profoundly shaped the modern forms of both faiths. Topics include liminality, exchange, symbiosis, hybridity and confrontation between these two theological, legal and cultural systems. (Spring, 2014)

Instructor “Scripture and Law in Islam: Contextualizing Revelation” (Univ. of Washington)
Seminar course on the emergence of historical writing among early Muslims. Topics include the codification and canonization of the Quran, early Muslim historiography and hermeneutic. (Winter, 2014)

Instructor “Introduction to the Quran” (Univ. of Washington)
Lecture course on the form, content, history and influence of the Quran in various interpretive communities and cultural contexts. (Winter, 2014)

Instructor “Introduction to Islamic Civilization” (Univ. of Washington)
Lecture course on Islamic history and survey of major themes in Muslim Civilization from pre-Islamic Arabia to contemporary America. (Fall, 2013)

Instructor “Prophecy: Moses, Muhammad and Malcolm X” (Cornell & Univ. of Washington)
Seminar on the textual sources and methodologies for the study of ancient, late antique and modern phenomenon of prophecy in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. (Fall, 2013, Spring 2011)

Teaching Assistant “The Arabian Nights” (Cornell)
Assistant Lecture course on the medieval Arabic cycle of stories and its adaptations and appropriations in modern Arabic and other literatures. (Fall, 2012)

Teaching Assistant “Introduction to Islam” (Cornell)
Lecture course on Islam and a survey of major themes in Muslim Civilization from pre-Islamic Arabia to the Mongol Invasion. (Fall 2010, Fall 2011)

Teaching Assistant “Introduction to Egyptian Civilization” (Cornell)
Assistant Lecture course on pre-modern Egyptian history and civilization and the ancient Near East. (Spring, 2010)

 

PUBLICATIONS

Various Entries in The Quran Seminar: A Collaborative Study of 50 Select Passages - Le Coran Seminar: Nouveau Commentaire de 50 Passages Coranique, ed. Hamza M. Zafer et al. (Notre Dame: International Qur’anic Studies Association Press) (forthcoming).

Various Entries in The Cambridge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, ed. Lisbeth Fried et al (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming).

Amin Ahsan Islahi, “Introduction to Surat al-Kahf and Surat Maryam,” translated from the Urdu by Hamza M. Zafer in Teaching the Qur’an: A Resource, ed. Shawkat M. Toorawa et al (Atlanta: Lockwood Press) (forthcoming).

 

LANGUAGES

Advanced Classical: Arabic; Aramaic and Syriac; Biblical and Mishnaic Hebrew; Ethiopic (Ge′ez); Persian; Judeo-Arabic and Judeo-Persian.

Advanced Modern: French, Persian, Urdu-Hindi and Punjabi.

Reading Knowledge: Koine Greek, German, Sindhi, Sanskrit and Coptic

 

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS

"Safiyya bt. Huyayy: Muhammad's Jewish Wife" (2014) (forthcoming)
American Oriental Society, 224th Meeting in Phoenix, AZ

“Gender and Genealogy in the Qur’an” (2013)
International Qur’anic Studies Assocition Inaugural Conference, Baltimore, MD

“O Children of Israel! A Case Study in Qur’ānic Polemics.” (2012)
Near Eastern Studies Colloquium, Cornell University

"The Dye of God: Circumcision & Baptism Metaphors in Q2:138.” (2012)
American Oriental Society, 222nd Meeting in Boston, MA

“Muhammad and the Ninevite: Infallibility in Early Islamic Prophetology.” (2012)
27th Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference, University of Chicago

“Rabbinic Soteriological Claims in Surat al-Baqarah." (2011)
8th Annual Graduate Islamic Studies Conference, Duke /UNC Chapel Hill

 

FELLOWSHIPS

Sawyer Doctoral Fellowship, The Mellon Foundation – The Quran Seminar.
University of Notre Dame (2012-2013)

Buttrick-Crippen Fellowship, The Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines.
Cornell University (2011-2012)

Sage Graduate Fellowship, The Graduate School.
Cornell University (2009, 2012)

 

AWARDS

2012 Graduate Student Summer Grant, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University

2012 Graduate Student Travel Award, American Oriental Society

2008 Academic Achievement Award, Middle East Studies, Binghamton University

2007 Undergraduate Research Award, Department of Linguistics, Binghamton University

 

OTHER EXPERIENCE

Author, Resources for learning classical Ethiopic: www.classicalethiopic.blogspot.com (2011-Present)

Cataloguer, Eastern Christian Manuscript Collection, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (2011-2013)

Tutor, Intermediate and Advanced Arabic, French, Persian and Urdu-Hindi (2009-2010)

Summer Research Consultant, New York City Board of Education (2007, 2009)

 

REFERENCES

Prof. David S. Powers
Islamic History and Law
Department of Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University
607.255.1332 // dsp4@cornell.edu

Prof. Shawkat M. Toorawa
Arabic Literature & Islamic Studies
Department of Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University
607.255.1330 // smt24@cornell.edu

Prof. Gabriel S. Reynolds
Tisch Family Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology
Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame
574.631.5138 // reynolds@nd.edu

Prof. Ross Brann
Milton R. Konvitz Professor of Judeo-Islamic Studies
Director of Jewish Studies Program
Department of Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University
607.255.6275 // rb23@cornell.edu