Professor Asad Q.
The Religious Elite of the Early Islamic Hijaz. P&G, University of Oxford, 2011.
Avicenna's Deliverance: Logic. Oxford University Press, 2011.
In the field of intellectual history, Asad's long term goal is to write a responsible history of the rationalist sciences (ma'qulat) after the so-called Golden Age of Islam. Since such work first and foremost requires detailed and piecemeal studies of texts in logic, theology, philosophy, jurisprudence, etc., much of his output in this area focuses either on case studies of salient technical issues or on the rationalist tradition in pre-modern and early modern Muslim India. In this area of scholarly interest, Asad has published Avicenna's Deliverance: Logic (Oxford University Press, 2011), in addition to a number of articles. Asad's more general training includes classical Arabic poetry and poetics, Graeco-Arabica, and Qur'anic and Hadith studies.
Afghans in early modern India, cultural borderlands, statebuilding, gender and power, Islam in South Asia
Bearing Knowledge: Law, Reproduction and the Female Body in Modern Morocco, 1912-Present
Soraya Tlatli is an Associate Professor of French Studies. Her research interests focus on francophone literature, particularly from North Africa, as well as colonial and postcolonial historiography. She has also written and researched on 20th century French psychoanalysis, philosophy and intellectual history. Tlatli received her M.A. in 1990 from John Hopkins University and her Ph.D. in 1991 from Emory University.
Cihan Tugal is a Professor of Sociology. His research explores how the interaction between religion and politics shapes everyday life, urban space, class relations, and national identity. Tugal also studies Islamic mobilization in Turkey, Iran and Egypt to understand why similar movements have not resulted in a comparable Islamic market consensus in these countries. He argues that Islamic politics has interacted with civil society and the state in different ways in these three cases, leading to the victory of neo-liberalized Islam in Turkey, its defeat in Iran, and a stalemate in Egypt.
Articles include “Islamism in Turkey: Beyond Instrument and Meaning,” Economy of Society 31(1): 85-111; 2002; “State and Society in the Study of Islam: Discontents of a Dichotomy,” New Perspectives on Turkey 31. (Review Essay), 2005; “The Appeal of Islamic Politics: Ritual and Dialogue in a Poor District of Turkey,” The Sociological Quarterly, 2006; and “Memories of Violence, Memoirs of Nation: 1915 and the Construction of Armenian Identity,” in Esra Ozyurek (ed.) Politics of Public Memory, Syracuse University Press, 2007. His research was also published in Economy and Society, Theory and Society, Sociological Theory, the New Left Review, the Sociological Quarterly, and edited volumes.
Stefania Pandolfo is a Professor of Social Cultural Anthropology. Her research involves the study of theories and forms of subjectivity and their contemporary predicaments in the Middle Eastern and Muslim world.
Laura Nader is a Professor of Social Cultural Anthropology. Her current work focuses on how central dogmas are made and how they work in law, energy science, and anthropology. Nader’s areas of interest include comparative ethnography of law and dispute resolution, conflict, comparative family organization, the anthropology of professional mindsets and ethnology of the Middle East, Mexico, Latin America, and the contemporary United States. Her films To Make the Balance and Little Injustices are widely disseminated.
Nader’s recent articles and edited contributions include a review of “An Invitation to Laughter: A Lebanese Anthropologist in the Arab World” by Fuad I. Khouri. American Anthropologist June 2008; “What the Rest Think of the West-Legal Dimensions.” Global Jurist. Berkeley Electronic Press. Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, vol. 32. no. 2, pp 765-77. Summer 2009; “The Words We Use: Justice, Human Rights and the Sense of Injustices.” In Justice in the Mirror, eds. K. Clarke and M. Goodale. Also to be published in Annuario di Anthropologia, Metemi Publishers 2008. Ugo Fabietti, editor. 2009; “Colonial Legacies and Contemporary Contexts” (with Alison Dundes Renteln). In Marie-Claire Foblets et al. (eds). The Response of State Law to the Expression of Cultural Diversity. Bruselles: Francqui foundation. 2009; and “Law and the Frontiers of Illegalities,” In Law, Power, and Control, A. Griffiths, K and F. von Benda-Beckmann, eds. New York: Berghahn Press. 2009