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Degree: Ph.D. University of Oxford

Area of Study: Political theory

Expertise: History of Political Thought; Contemporary Liberalism; Comparative Political Theory; Islamic Law and Political Thought; Religion and Political Thought

Program: Political Science


My research and teaching interests are in the areas of political philosophy, Islamic law and political thought, religion and political theory, and comparative and non-Western political theory more generally. My first book, Islam and Liberal Citizenship: The Search for an Overlapping Consensus (Oxford, 2009) is an exploration of the Islamic juridical discourse on the rights, loyalties, and obligations of Muslim minorities in liberal politics, and won the 2009 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion from the American Academy of Religion. My second book, The Caliphate of Man: The Invention of Popular Sovereignty in Modern Islamic Thought (Harvard, 2019, forthcoming), examines the problem of divine and popular sovereignty in modern Islamic thought through the Arab Spring. I have published articles on Islamic law and political thought, secularism, religion and free speech, religious freedom and the boundaries of marriage in liberal society, all of which can be found here.