Skip to main content

Faculty Publications

 

New Book by Assistant Professor Anand Taneja

Anand V. Taneja, Jinnealogy: Time, Islam, and Ecological Thought in the Medieval Ruins of Delhi (2017)

Jinnealogy

Review:  Anand Taneja's Jinnealogy reviewed by Rana Safvi of The Wire - The Dispossessed and the Possessed.

Podcast interview:  Anand Taneja's Jinnealogy on Vanderbilt University's Authorial Intentions with Chris Benda.  

Jinnealogy: Time, Islam, and Ecological Thought centers on Firoz Shah Kotla, a ruined medieval palace that has become a prominent dargah, or Muslim saint shrine, in contemporary Delhi. Built circa 1354 and long fallen into disrepair, the widespread popularity of Firoz Shah Kotla as a dargah began in 1977. Firoz Shah Kotla is frequented by both Hindus and Muslims, and the saints venerated at this dargah are not human, but Islamic spirits known as jinn. Visitors write letters of petition to these jinn-saints as if petitioning government officials, including their names, addresses, and passport photos in their appeals.  They deposit multiple copies of these letters in various niches and alcoves through the ruins. Firoz Shah Kotla is also a place where another kind of nonhuman life flourishes, especially cats, snakes, and kites. As the jinn are shape-shifters in Islamic mythology, often taking the form of animals, these animals are also imbued with sacrality in this space.

Drawing on ethnography, Urdu literature, and government arhcives, Jinnealogy casts new light on the relation of theology to post-colonial politics, the ethical potentialities that popular Islam holds open for Muslims and non-Muslims, and the relation of the ecological to urban sacrality. At a time when reformist Islam is dismissive of the jinn and the realm of the unseen, following the familiar script of modernity and disenchantment, here the jinn are sanctified. The book compellingly argues that the “enchanted” nature of popular Islam encountered here is not a pre-modern relic, but an ethical, political, and theological stance emerging anew in response to the post-colonial condition.

Stanford University Press.

 

Faculty Publications

Issam Eido, Ṣaḥīḥ Al-Bukhari’s Criteria: An Epistemological Perspective” ed. Serdar Demirel, Hamzeh Al-Bakri, and Ahmad Snober. Ibn Haldun University Press. 2020.


Issam Eido, Ḥanafī’s Criteria of Ḥadīth Criticism: The Role of Islamic Legal Maxims,” The Journal of Islamic Sciences, Al-Fātiḥ University. (Arabic) 2020.


Issam Eido, “Confession in the Public Sphere: A Trusteeship Criticism of Foucault’s Concepts of Confession and Power,” in The Theory of Trusteeship of Taha Abdulrahman, Brill. (Arabic) 2020. https://brill.com/view/book/edcoll/9789004438354/BP000006.xml


Issam Eido,  Early Hadīth Scholars and their Criteria of Hadīth Criticism  (Cairo: Dar al-Muqtabas, 2018).


Daniel Patte,  Romans: Three Exegetical Interpretations and the History of Reception: Volume 1: Romans 1:1-32 (London: T&T Clark, 2018).


David H. Price, "The Uncertain Place of Love in Martin Optiz's T eutsche  Poemata (1624 and 1625)," in Ambiguity in Medieval and Early Modern Literature, ed. Marian E. Polhill and Alexander Sager. Forthcoming, Göttingen: V&R Unipress, 2018.


David H. Price,  "Jews and Judaism in Early Modern Europe," in Calvin in Context. Forthcoming, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.


Alexis S. Wells-Oghoghomeh,  "Re-evaluating Roots: Slavery as Source and Challenge for Africa-American Theology," in T&T Clark Companion to African American Theology, ed. Frederick L. Ware, Antonia M. Daymond, Eric Lewis Williams. Forthcoming, 2018.


Laurel C. Schneider,  "Nothing In This World Is Indifferent To Us: A Dialogical Reflection on the Queerness of Theology and Science" with Catherine Keller, in Unsettling Science and Religion: Contributions and Questions from Queer Studies, edited by Whitney Bauman and Lisa Stenmark. New York: Lexington, 2017.


Alexis S. Wells-Oghoghomeh,  "'She Come Like a Nightmare:' Hags, Witches, and the Gendered Trans-Sence among the Enslaved in the Lower South," The Journal of African Religions 5(2017): 239-274.


Anand V. Taneja,  Jinnealogy: Time, Islam, and Ecological Thought in the Medieval Ruins of Delhi . Paolo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2017.


Laurel C. Schneider,  "More Than a Feeling: A Queer Notion of Survivance" in Sexual Disorientations: Queer Temporalities, Affects, Theologies, edited by Kent Brintnall and Joseph Marchal. New York: Fordham University Press, 2017.


Bryan D. Lowe,   Ritualized Writing: Buddhist Practice and Scriptural Cultures in Ancient Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2017.


Laurel C. Schneider,  "Religion's Queer Comeback?: Some Preliminary Questions" in Scholar and Feminist Online. New York: Barnard Center for Research on Women. Issue 14.2, April 2017.


David H. Price, "The Impact of Northern Humanism," Luther in Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.


Laurel C. Schneider,  Awake to the Moment: Introducing Constructive Theology , co-written with the Workgroup in Constructive Theology, co-edited with Stephen G. Ray. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2016.


Anand V. Taneja,  "Village Cosmopolitanisms: Or, I see Kabul from Lado Sarai." In Rumba Under Fire: The Arts of Survival from West Point to Delhi, edited by Tim Albrecht and Irina Dumitrescu. Brooklyn: Punctum Books, 2016. pp. 175-195.


Alexis S. Wells-Oghoghomeh, "The Gendered Ethics of Female Enslavement: Searching for Souther Slave Women's Religiosity in the African Atlantic," The Journal of Southern Religion 18(2016): jsreligion.org/vol18/wells.


David H. Price, "The Philosophical Jew and the Identity Crisis of Christianity in Lessing's Nathan the Wise," Zeitschrift for Religions- und Geistesgeschichte 58 (2016): 201-223.


Bryan D. Lowe, "Bukkyō shinkō men kara mita gogatsu tsuitachi kyō gammon no saikō [A Reconsideration of the 5/1 Canon's Dedicatory Prayer from the Perspective of Buddhist Devotional Practices]." In Jōdai shakyō shikigo chūshaku [Annotated Colophons of Ancient Sutra Manuscripts], ed. Endō Keita. 554-576. Tokyo: Bensei shuppan, 2016.


David H. Price,  The Works of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim . Edition, with English translation, edited and introduced by David H. Price. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015. 


Anand V. Taneja,  "Saintly Animals: The Shifting Moral and Ecological Landscapes of North India." Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 35/2 (2015): 204-221.


David H. Price,  "The Renaissance of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim," in The Works of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2015), pp. 5-45.


Bryan D. Lowe, "Chūgoku Tōdai to Nihon kodai ni okeru shakyō to 'shōjōkan' [Purity and Sutra Copying in Tang China and Early Japan]." In Nara Heian jidai: chi no sōkan [Correlation of Knowledge in the Nara and Heian Periods], ed. Nemoto Seiji et al, 91-112. Tokyo: Iwata shoin, 2015.


Anand V. Taneja,  Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East  35/2 (2015). Special Issue, Animals and Enchantment in South Asia. Co-edited with Manan Ahmed Asif; with contributions by Naisargi Dave, Bhrigupati Singh, Radhika Govindarajan, Ricahrd McGregor, Rachel Dwyer, and Wendy  Doniger.


Bryan D. Lowe, "States of 'State Buddhism': History, Religion, and Politics in Late Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Scholarship." Japanese Religions 39/1&2 (2014): 71-93. 


Laurel C. Schneider,  "Getting It Right" in Polydox Reflections, Modern Theology Volume 20, Issue 3, July 2014, 121-126.


Bryan D. Lowe, “Contingent and Contested: Preliminary Remarks on Buddhist Catalogs and Canons in Early Japan.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies. 41/2 (2014): 221-253. http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/nfile/4337


Bryan D. Lowe, "The Scripture on Saving and Protecting Body and Life: An Introduction and Translation." Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies (27) 2014: 1-34. http://chinesebuddhiststudies.org/previous_issues/chbj2701.pdf


Bryan D. Lowe, "Buddhist Manuscript Cultures in Premodern Japan," Religion Compass 8/9 (2014): 287-301.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/rec3.12132/full 
Nancy G. Lin, “Purity in the Pudding and Seclusion in the Forest: Si tu paṇ chen, Monastic Ideals, and the Buddha’s Biographies,” Journal of the International Association of Tibetan Studies 7 (August 2013): 86-124.
http://www.thlib.org/collections/texts/jiats/#!jiats=/07/lin/