CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

CORNELL UNIVERSITY, 2014
Doctorate (Ph.D.) – Department of Near Eastern Studies
Primary Field: The Qur’ān and Early Islam
Secondary Fields: Rabbinic Judaism; Early and Classical Arabic Literature
Thesis: The Qur’ān’s Communal Ideology: Rhetoric and Representation in Scripture and Early Historiography

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, 2012-2013
Visiting Doctoral Student, Department of Theology

CORNELL UNIVERSITY, 2011
Master’s (M.A.) – Department of Near Eastern Studies
Concentration: Late Antiquity and Early Islam

BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY, 2008
Bachelor’s (B.A.) – Department of Linguistics
Majors: Linguistics (Honors), Classical Arabic and French Literature
Minor: Translation Theory


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS & FELLOWSHIPS

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, 2013-Present
Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Adjunct Appointments: Comparative Religion; Jewish Studies

THE MELLON-SAWYER QUR’AN SEMINAR, 2012-2013
Co-Editor: The Quran Seminar: A Collaborative Study of 50 Select Passages (De Gruyter, 2016)
Mellon-Sawyer Fellowship

KNIGHT INSTITUTE FOR WRITING IN THE DISCIPLINES, 2011-2012
Designer / Instructor – Undergraduate Writing Seminars at Cornell University
Buttrick-Crippin Fellowship

CORNELL UNIVERSITY, 2009-2012
Teaching Assistant in the Department Near Eastern Studies
Sage Doctoral Fellowship

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Monographs  

The Ummah: Quranic and Early Muslim Communalism.
Manuscript to be submitted in March 2016 to University of Pennsylvania Press
Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion Series

Mothers of the Believers: Muhammad’s Wives and Wet-Nurses in Early Muslim Histories
manuscript in preparation

 

Edited Volumes

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. (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016) 

Translating Arabic into Hebrew in 12th century Toledo: Studies in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, ed. Hamza M. Zafer et al. (Leiden: Brill 2016)

 

Articles  

“Jonah and Muhammad: Qur’ānic Prophetology and its early Muslim transformations.”
Submitted for review to the Journal of Qur’ānic Studies

“Q BAQARA 2: Anatomy of a Qur’ānic Surah”
Preparing for submission to the Journal of the International Qur’anic Studies Association

"Safiyya and Rayhāna: Muhammad’s Jewish Wives in the Early Tradition”
Preparing for submission to the Journal of the American Oriental Society

 

Reviews, Translations and Encyclopedia Entries

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, 2016)

Entries on Abraham, Hagar and Ummah in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religion (London: Routledge, 2016)

Review of A. J. Droge, The Qur’an: An Annotated Translation by A.J. Droge (Equinox, 2013)
Journal of the American Oriental Society (2016)

Review of Stephen Shoemaker, Death of a Prophet: The End of Muhammad’s Life and the Beginning of Islam (UPenn 2011) – International Journal of Middle East Studies (2016)

Review of Aziz Al-Azmeh, The Emergence of Islam in Late Antiquity: Allah and His People by Aziz Al-Azmeh (Cambridge, 2014) – Journal of Islamic Studies (2016)

 Review of Shady H. Nasser, The Transmission of the Variant Readings of the Qur’ān by Shady H. Nasser (Brill, 2012) The Review of Qur’ānic Studies (2016)

 

TEACHING

“Prophecy in Judaism, Christianity and Islam” (Univ. of Washington, Fall 2013)
Seminar on the history of prophecy as a discursive form and a social phenomenon in the western religious traditions

“Diabolos, Satan, Shaytan: The Devil in Judaism, Christianity and Islam”
(Univ. of Washington, Spring 2014)
Seminar on the concept of evil in the three faith traditions and an introduction to the comparative approach to the study of religion.

"Jews in Muslim Contexts, Muslims in Jewish Contexts” (Univ. of Washington, Winter 2014)
Seminar course on the historical relationship between Jewish and Muslim communities, with a focus on the Near East and North Africa

 “Muslim Scripture, Historiography and Exegesis” (Univ. of Washington, Winter 2014, 2015)
Seminar course on the early Muslim religious canon

“The Quran and its Interpreters ” (Univ. of Washington, Winter 2013)
 Lecture course on the form, content, history and influence of the Quran and its interpretive tradition

“Introduction to Islamic Civilization” (Univ. of Washington, Fall 2013, 2014, 2015)
Lecture course on Islamic history from the birth of Muhammad (570 C.E) to the fall of Baghdad (1258 C.E)

“Muslim Beliefs and Practices” (Univ. of Washington, Winter, 2013)
Lecture course on the practice of Islam in various cultural contexts, both historical and contemporary

The Early Arab Historians (Univ. of Washington, Winter 2014)
Literature course for advanced students of Arabic

“Introduction to Classical Ethiopic” (University of Notre Dame, Summer 2013)
Seminar on Ge’ez to a team of Qur’anic researchers and early Islam historians

 “Moses, Muhammad and Malcolm X” (Cornell University, Spring 2011)
Writing Seminar focusing on literary and textual criticism of religious texts

 “The Arabian Nights” – Teaching Assistant (Cornell University, Fall 2012)
Reading Section on the medieval Arabic cycle of stories and its adaptations and appropriations in world literatures.

“Introduction to Islam” – Teaching Assistant (Cornell University, Fall 2010)
Reading Section on primary sources aligned with the lecture schedule.

 

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS

“The Qur’ānic Jonah and the doctrine of Infallibility” (2014)
International Qur’anic Studies Association Conference, San Diego, CA

“Jewishness as Kinship in Early Islam” (2014)
American Jewish Studies Conference, Baltimore, MD

“The Death of Israel-Jacob: A Qur’ānic Retelling of Genesis” (2014)
Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, Washington, D.C.

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

“Gender and Genealogy in the Qur’an” (2013)
International Qur’anic Studies Association 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 and 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

 

LANGUAGES

Advanced Classical: Arabic; Aramaic and Syriac; Biblical and Mishnaic Hebrew; Ethiopic (Geez); Persian; Koine Greek, Judeo-Arabic and Judeo-Persian
Advanced Modern: French, Persian, Urdu-Hindi and Punjabi
Reading Knowledge: Sanskrit, German, Coptic and Sindhi

 

ACADEMIC SERVICE

Secretary, The International Qur’anic Studies Association (The Luce Center at Emory University)
Executive Board 2014-2017

Instructor, Community Learning Fellowship (The Stroum Center for Jewish Studies)
Lecture series for selected Jewish community and religious leaders in the Seattle area