Curriculum Vitae


2012 University of Arizona
M.A. in Near Eastern Studies

2011 University of South Florida
Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) or Foreign Language

2007 New Jersey City University
B.A. in English-Creative Writing


Muhammad Hamidullah: Bringing a Heritage to Light.” Maydan Dec 2017.

Review of The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason, 1798 to Modern Times by Christopher De Bellaigue, Liveright, 2017, $35, xxxiv+398 pages.” Maydan July 2017.

There is No Greater Harm to Knowledge.Maydan Feb 2017.

“Yes, Islam Really is a Religion.” Islamic Horizons (ISNA) March/April 2016.

“Religions, Lifeways, Same Difference: Defining Dīn in the US, Middle East, and South Asia.” American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS) 33:1 (2016).

“Post-Islamist Transformations in Morocco: Collaboration and Competition between Salafist Activists, Muslim Democrats, and Authoritarian Monarchy.” Sociology of Islam, Volume 3 (2015) Issue 3-4.

“Review of Ottoman Imperial Diplomacy: A Political, Social and Cultural History (Library of Ottoman Studies) by Dogan Gurpinar, I.B. Tauris, London-New York, 2014, $99, 350 pages.” Insight Turkey, Vol. 17 / No. 3 / 2015.

“Review of Epistemological Integration: Essentials of an Islamic Epistemology by Fathi Hassan Malkawi, The International Institute of Islamic Thought, Washington, DC, 2014, $27.95, 369pp.” American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS), 32:1.

“Review of Bourdieu and Historical Analysis Edited by Philip S. Gorski (ed.), Duke University Press, Durham, NC, 2013, $27.95, 422pp.” American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS), 31:4, October, 2014.

“The Islamic Rebel Alliance (not) to restore the Syrian Republic.” Your Middle East Sept. 2013.

“The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria.” Your Middle East August 2013.

“Ansar al-Sharia International and the politics of self-sacrifice.” Your Middle East July 2013.

“The Global Jihad in Sidon.” Your Middle East June 2013.

Colloquia, Seminars & Talks

“Medieval Manuscripts in a Modern Middle East: Transnational Traditionalist and Reformist Ulema Networks Editing the Islamic Heritage in Istanbul”
Marmara University Institute of Middle East Studies, Istanbul, Turkey:
May 2016

“Classical Texts and Their Contemporary Critics: Between Reform and Tradition”
King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS), Riyadh, KSA:
January 2015

“Abū Bakr al-Ṭurṭūshī (d. 520/1126) and Medieval Islamic Legal-Political Theory from Iberia to Alexandria” The International Conference on Islamic Culture in al-Andalus, Alexandria, Egypt: December 2014

“Intensively Studying Islam in America: IIIT Reception”
48th Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association Washington, DC:
November 2014

Event Organizer, “Ethics & Methods in Conflict: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Promise and Peril of Research and Reporting in Dangerous Contexts” Tucson, AZ:
January 2014

Film Screening Presenter and post-screening Q&A, “Under the Bombs” Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) Fall 2013 Film Series, Tucson, AZ:
November 2013

Event Organizer, “Civil Liberties and Surveillance Practices: The Dangers of Islamophobia and Alienation” MENAS Colloquium Series, Tucson, AZ:
September 2013

“Salafist-Activists, Islamist Democrats and Monarchical Authority in Morocco”
46th Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association Denver, CO:
November 2012

“Diglossia and Politics: Language Policy in the Middle East”
10th Annual Southwest Graduate Conference in Middle Eastern Studies Tucson, AZ: April 2010

“Linguistic Typology and the Classification of Modern Hebrew”
World Languages Education Research Colloquium Tampa, FL: March 2009

“Comparative Critical Discourse Analysis: Globalism and Radical Islamism”
1st Annual USF Graduate School Student Success Research Symposium Tampa, FL: November 2008

Fellowships & Awards

Fulbright Study/Research Grant in Turkey – 2016

Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship – Academic Year 2015-2016

MENAS Graduate College Fellowship – Academic Year 2014-2015 and 2015-2016

Teaching Assistantship – Summer I 2015 (Islamic Civilization)

IIIT Research Grant – Summer 2015

IIIT Student Research Fellowship – Academic Year 2014-2015

IIIT Doctoral Student Research Grant – Fall 2014

FLAS Fellowship – Academic Year 2011-2012 – Advanced (4th Year) Arabic

Teaching Assistantship – Summer 2011 to Spring 2014 (Religion of Islam)

Teaching Assistantship – Spring 2011 (Islamic Thought)

Teaching Assistantship – 2010 and Summer I 2012 (Middle Eastern Humanities)

Courses Taught

University of Arizona
MENA 150C1 - Islamic Civilization: Traditional & Modern Middle East

University of Arizona
TRAD 101 Middle Eastern Humanities

University of Arizona
TRAD 101 Religion of Islam

University of Arizona
MENA/HIST/POLI/RELI 385 Introduction to Political Islam

University of Arizona
MENA 334 Islamic Thought


Arabic: “near native;” Spanish: “fluent;” Turkish: “intermediate;” Hebrew: “intermediate;” German: “novice;” French: “novice”

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