I am a scholar of Islam with research specializations in Asian religions, South Asian literatures and cultures, and performance studies. My current book project is a study of contemporary Indian Muslim identity using examples from performance, from which I identify debates about national history, politics, and social belonging. In my work I utilize theories of translation and performance to discuss matters of representation and processes of religious change. I regularly teach courses on theory and method in religious studies, Asian religions, the religious life of India, and global Islamic religious traditions.

 

Teaching Interests:

Islamic traditions and global Muslim communities, Islam in America, gender and sexuality in religious traditions, the Qur'an, performance and religious studies, Sufism, Shi'ism, Hinduism.

 

Outreach:

Contemporary Muslim literatures, teaching Islam through film, ritual and performance in South Asian religious traditions, teaching Islam in the K-12 classroom.

 

Education:

ALB, Harvard University

MA, Boston University

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

 

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