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Affiliated Faculty


Visiting Faculty & Researchers

Nathan Gibson –

Geoffrey Moseley – Visiting Scholar, Religious Studies



Graduate Students

Mohammed Allehbi – (History) Ph.D. student in Medieval Islamic History with a focus on the Abbasid Caliphate. Holds an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago. Research focuses on how medieval Muslim governments maintained their authority in cities that they ruled through criminal law enforcement.

Ashkan Bahrani – (Religion) Has an MA in Islamic Philosophy and Theology from Shiraz University (2009). Published both original research on comparative mysticism, and works of translation from English into Persian. His primary research interests include the intellectual history of Sufism and critical theory of religion. He is also interested in contemporary Islamic thought, Middle East studies, and Christian theological studies.

Zoe LeBlanc – (History) Her dissertation, tentatively titled "Constructing Anti-Colonial Cairo: the United Arab Republic's role in Anti-Colonial Movements during the Cold War," examines the emergence of Cairo as a hub for anti-colonial activism in Africa in the wake of decolonization and the escalation of the Cold War in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Zoe also works on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and had presented research on the OIC's International Islamic Fiqh Academy. Contact her through her website or via twitter @Zoe_LeBlanc.

Taryn Marashi – (History) Ph.D. student with a focus on sectarian communities and conflict under Abbasid rule. Her research interests include mysticism, sectarian development and thought, early Islamic literature, shrines and the politics of pilgrimage.

Mohammad Meerzaei – (Religion) Holds a B.A. in Persian Literature from Shiraz University and an M.A in Old Iranian Culture and Languages from Bu-Ali Sina University, Iran. Primary research foci are the religious milieu of the Middle East in Late Antiquity, Qur'anic studies, and Persian Sufi Literature.

William Murrell – (History) Research focuses on Muslim-Christian relations in the medieval Eastern Mediterranean. Current work examines the role of interpreters as linguistic and cultural intermediaries in diplomatic, commercial, and intellectual contacts between Muslims and Christians in the crusader period.