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Graduate Studies - History of Islam

Updated May 23, 2019

Vanderbilt University trains graduate students in all periods of Islam's history, from its origins in late antiquity to modernity, and in various regional settings.

Our faculty works in multiple fields, including law, business, religion, imperialism, and nationalism. They have written on topics as diverse as early Islamic death rituals; politics and society in al-Andalus; Jewish-Muslim trade in the medieval Mediterranean; the political, religious and economic landscape of early modern Gujarat; Jewish identity in the Ottoman Empire; Islam in the modern Balkans; Nigerian responses to colonialism; and the rise of ISIS.

Current Faculty

Julia Philips Cohen (History/Jewish Studies) 
Emily Greble (History/German, Russian & East European Studies)
Leor Halevi  (History/Law) 
Moses Ochonu  (History) 
Samira Sheikh (History)
David Wasserstein (History/Jewish Studies/Program in Classical & Mediterranean Studies)

Affiliated Faculty

Philip Ackerman-Lieberman (Jewish Studies/History)
David Michelson (Divinity/History) 

Current Graduate Students

Mohammed Allehbi  late Abbasid history; medieval Islamic history
Shounak Ghosh early modern South Asia
Taryn Marashi Abbasid history; medieval Islamic history
Dipanjan Mazumder early modern South Asia

Recent Graduate Students

William Murrell (2018)  "Dragomans and Crusaders: the Role of Translators and Translation in the Eastern Mediterranean."

Ashish Koul (2017)  "Making New Muslim Arains: Reform, Law and Politics in Colonial Punjab, 1890's-1940s."

Related Resources

Program in Classical and Mediterranean Studies
Program in Arabic and Islamic Studies
Program in Jewish Studies