As an anthropological historian of Islam in the modern Middle East, I am interested in how new conceptions of ‘religion’ have transformed the institutional structures of Islam. I currently hold a Marie Curie Research Fellowship awarded for a project on “Genealogies of Islamic Religious Leadership in Post-Ottoman States”, tracing the rise of Grand Muftis as a new model of religious leadership that has come to define religion in Muslim societies. My field research takes me to Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine. In association with this project, I run an interdisciplinary research network on “Categories of Religion and the Secular in Islam” (CRSI).
I came to Oxford as a Departmental Lecturer in Islam and the Study of Religion in 2016, following a four-year stint in the US where I held research fellowships at Harvard and Georgetown Universities. I have also taught at Qatar University and the Middlebury Summer Arabic Program. I studied at the Universities of Manchester, Edinburgh, Durham and Damascus.
Study of Religions
Modern Islam; Middle East; religious leadership; sectarianism and religious conflict; religion and politics.
Beyond Sunni and Shia: The Roots of Sectarianism in a Changing Middle East
This collection seeks to advance our understanding of intra-Islamic identity conflict during a period of upheaval in the Middle East.
Religious Nationalism in the Official Culture of Multi-Confessional Lebanon
The Struggle to Define a Nation: Rethinking Religious Nationalism in the Contemporary Islamic World
The present volume analyses the relation between religion and nationalism within the wider context of the so-called Islamic World; from the first half of twentieth century until the most recent events of the Arab Spring.
Islam and politics, Nationalism
Between Sect and State in Lebanon: Religious Leaders at the Interface
Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies
Remaking the Mosaic: Religious Leaders and Secular Borders in the Colonial Levant
Religion and Society
Religion and State in Lebanon: Religious Leadership, Sectarianism and Civil War