I am an Assistant Professor in the Study of Religion with a specialization in early Islamic intellectual history and a scholarly interest in the modern period. I have been associated with LUMS since 2010. 


Selected Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh, Nov 2022.
    • Thesis: "The Tafsir of Sufyan al-Thawri (d. 778 CE): A study of its provenance, sources, methods, and topics."
  2. MTS (Master of Theological Studies), Harvard University, 2009.
    • Focus: Islamic Studies 
  3. International MA in Peace, Conflict, and Development Studies, Universitat Jaume I (Spain) and University of Innsbruck (Austria), 2007.
    • Focus: Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding.


Research Interests

  1. Early Qur'anic exegesis (Tafsir)
  2. Qur'anic studies
  3. The oral and the written in early Islam
  4. Text and interpretation
  5. Education and transmission of knowledge in early Muslim societies
  6. Religion, ethics, and justice
  7. Religion, violence/conflict, and peacebuilding
  8. Religion and ecology
  9. Sufism


Undergraduate courses offered at LUMS

  1. Previous courses
    • SS 101: Islamic Studies
    • HIST 235: Jihad: A Social, Political, and Theological History
    • HIST 236: Classical Sufism
  2. Present courses
    • SS 101: Islamic Studies
    • REL 362/HIST 337: Qur'an and its Interpreters: Between text and context
    • REL 363: Jihad: Religion and Warfare in the Islamic Context



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