Research at NYUAD
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Humanities Research Fellow
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA, Sara Lawrence College; MA, Fletcher School at Tufts University; PhD, Columbia University;
Humanities Research Fellow
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA, University of North Carolina; MA, Yale University;
Dr. Anderson joined NYUAD, as a Senior Humanities Research Fellow, in fall 2016.
Lisa Anderson served as President of the American University in Cairo for five years, stepping down on January 1, 2016. Prior to her appointment as President, she was the University’s provost, a position she had assumed in 2008.
Dr. Omnia Amin joined NYUAD in Fall 2017, as a Senior Humanities Research Fellow.
Prior to this, Omnia Amin had been a Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zayed University (ZU) in Dubai, UAE from 2005 to 2017. She has taught courses including English and Comparative Literature and Culture and Heritage, in addition to interdisciplinary courses focusing on the Middle East region in general and on the Gulf region in particular. She coordinated and taught Senior Seminar courses and Capstone projects in which students undertake research on modern and contemporary global issues including topics such as the Arab Spring, Feminism in the Middle East and Honor Crimes in Arabic Literature. She served on a number of committees including the Curriculum Review and Faculty Promotion Committees, in addition to serving as a peer reviewer for the journal Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Gulf Perspectives, published by Zayed University Press.
Marilyn Booth, as a Senior Research Fellow at NYUAD, joined in September 2014. She is writing a book on early Egyptian/Arab feminism and on women’s contributions to the nahda in the final twenty years of the nineteenth century. The book focuses on the writer Zaynab Fawwaz (c1850-1914), who immigrated from Ottoman Lebanon to Egypt and wrote articles in the press, two novels, and a play.
J. Andrew Bush joined NYUAD in September 2014 as a Research Fellow in the Humanities Research Fellowship program. He has conducted ethnographic research with Iraqi Kurds for more than ten years in the United States and the Kurdistan region of Iraq, spanning topics such as religion, literature, gender and kinship, nationalism, and violence.
His abiding interest lies in how textual fragments from religious discourses are received and reworked in the intimate relationships that make up everyday life. His dissertation research focused on the everyday ethics of Muslims in Kurdistan who turn away from pietistic aspirations while at the same time citing Sufi poetry and sustaining intimate relations with more pious Muslims.
Building on that work, he is drafting a book manuscript, tentatively titled A Threadbare Prayer Mat: Sufi Poetry and the Texture of Everyday life in Kurdistan, that provides an ethnographic account of poetry’s appearance in ordinary life. The manuscript is itself an experiment in rendering the texture of life in prose that is interspersed with poetry. Engaging theories of religion, ethics, and desire, he argues that everyday life in Kurdistan engenders and sustains a broad range of paradoxes that are not yet acknowledged in studies of religious life.
His interest in the deeper history of poetry’s fragmentation and recontextualization in Kurdistan led him to the epistolary letters (saturated with classical Persian poetry) of Mawlana Khalid Naqshbandi, an early 19th century revivalist figure who inspired a renaissance of Sorani Kurdish poetry.
While at NYU Abu Dhabi, he broadens this historical perspective by examining two further archives that open windows onto the lives of ordinary Muslims in Kurdistan who turn away from pietism. One is the transformation of non-Muslim figures of thought in Sorani Kurdish poetry over the past two centuries. Tracing figures such as Jesus, the Christian boy, the Zoroastrian priest, and the Jewish maiden, he asks how the attraction of their heretical potential changed as new religious discourses emerged in Kurdistan.
The second archive was formed around the ‘jihadi’ Islamist movements that developed in Kurdistan in the second half of the twentieth century. Here he focuses on sermons — poetic texts punctuated with poetry — recorded during a peak of Islamists’ armed struggle in Kurdistan in the 1990’s. Analyzing such discourse in the context of larger processes of secularization and the violence of the Ba’athist regime, he also examines the forms of skepticism and disappointment that discourse engendered among many ordinary Muslims in Kurdistan.
In addition to ethnographic surveys of the Middle East and approaches to critical Muslim intellectual traditions, he has taught courses on Western receptions of Islamicate literature, and on marriage and masculinity in Muslim societies. Inspired by new ethnographic research he conducted in 2014 on marriage and divorce proceedings in Kurdistan, he looks forward to developing courses on the mutual absorptions of everyday life and shari’a, or Islamic ‘law.’
Yousef Casewit completed his M.A., M.Phil, and PhD in Islamic Studies at Yale University’s Religious Studies Department. He received his B.A. from The George Washington University in 2006 with a focus on Religion and Middle Eastern Studies. He teaches Arabic Intellectual Heritage and Culture at the American University of Sharjah (UAE).
Dr. Allen Fromherz is Associate Professor of Mediterranean, Middle East, and Gulf History at Georgia State University in Atlanta. His first two books, The Almohads: the Rise of an Islamic Empire (IB Tauris) and Ibn Khaldun, Life and Times (Edinburgh) examine the rise of Empire in lineage-based societies in North Africa. Qatar, A Modern History (Georgetown, 2013) focuses on the importance of memory and history in Qatari and Gulf society from the 19th century to the present.
Giuliano Garavini is a historian and former Senior Research Fellow in the Humanities at NYU Abu Dhabi.
He has mainly written about European integration, decolonization and the Global South, the history of energy and petroleum. He has taught and received fellowships in various institutions including the European University Institute (EUI), the Graduate Institute in Geneva, RomaTre University, the University of Bologna and the University of Padua.
Yannis Hadjinicolaou studied Art History, South East Asian Art History, and History in Berlin and Amsterdam. From 2011 to 2014 he held junior research fellowships at the “Collegium for the Advanced Study of Picture Act and Embodiment” and the “Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory” (both at Humboldt University, Berlin). From July 2014 to August 2017 he was a postdoc research associate at the project “Symbolic Articulation. Language and Image between Action and Scheme” (Humboldt University), funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung.
After completing his PhD at the University of Berne (Switzerland), Jan Loop was awarded a Frances A Yates long-term research fellowship at the Warburg Institute (London). In September 2012 he joined the School of History at the University of Kent as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Early Modern History.
Jan is also a founding member of the Centre for the History of Arabic Studies In Europe (CHASE) at the Warburg Institute, London and a Principle Investigator for the European funded collaborative research project Encounters with the Orient in Early Modern European Scholarship (EOS).
Matthew MacLean joined NYUAD in September 2014 as a Research Assistant in the Humanities Research Fellowship Program. He spent his fourth year in the Joint Program in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYUAD.
Anne-Marie McManus is assistant professor of Modern Arabic Literature and Culture at Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches in the departments of Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (JINELC) and Comparative Literature. Her research engages debates in comparative and world literatures, Arabic and Middle Eastern studies, translation theory, and anthropology, with a particular interest in the multilingual and circulational literary ties that have internally traversed North Africa and the Middle East since decolonization.
Christian Mauder joined NYUAD in 2018 as a Research Fellow in the Humanities Research Fellowship Program. He is an intellectual, cultural, and social historian of the Islamicate world with a focus on the late middle and modern periods.
In 2017, Christian defended his dissertation “In the Sultan’s Salon. Learning, Religion and Rulership at the Mamluk Court of Qāniṣawh al-Ghawrī (r. 1501–1516)” at the University of Göttingen. His dissertation, supported by the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung), constitutes the first in-depth analysis of the Egyptian court of the Mamluks as a center of intellectual, religious, and political culture. In addition, he has published several studies on aspects of Mamluk history, including his monograph Gelehrte Krieger. Die Mamluken als Träger arabischsprachiger Bildung nach al-Ṣafadī, al-Maqrīzī und weiteren Quellen (Olms, 2012).
Hadia Mubarak is an assistant professor of Religious Studies at Guilford College. Previously, Mubarak served as a lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2015-2017. She also served as a visiting lecturer at Davidson College during the 2015-2016 academic year. Mubarak completed her PhD in Islamic Studies from Georgetown University, where she specialized in modern and classical Qurʾanic exegesis, Islamic feminism, and gender reform in the modern Muslim world.
Henriette Müller joined NYUAD in October 2015 as a Research Fellow in the Humanities Research Fellowship Program. Müller is a political scientist whose research focuses on comparative politics, comparative government and governance studies with a particular focus on political leadership.
She completed her PhD thesis at the Humboldt University on “The Commission Presidents and European Integration: Political Leadership Performance in Supranational Governance” in Political Science at the Humboldt University Berlin (HU) and the Global Governance department at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB).
Laila Prager is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Hamburg (Germany) and a member of AGYA (Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities). Formerly, she worked as a researcher and senior lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Münster and Leipzig (Germany). She has conducted ethnographic research among Bedouin societies in Syria and Jordan, with a special emphasis on the narrative representation and performance of the past. In addition, she has done extensive fieldwork among the Arab speaking Alawi/Alawite (Nusairy) society in South Eastern Turkey (Hatay/Çukurova) and among Alawi migrant communities in Germany, focusing on topics relating to kinship, cosmology, inter-religious conflicts, ritual healing, and migration. She has also conducted research among Kuwaiti-Palestinian refugees in Jordan and Germany.
Anna is a doctoral candidate in Ethnomusicology in the FAS Department of Music at New York University New York. Subsequent to her tenure with the NYU Abu Dhabi Research Institute, Anna received an NYU Humanities Initiative Graduate Fellowship to complete her dissertation writing in residence at NYU New York during the 2014-15 academic year.
Reynolds Richter is a PhD candidate in History at New York University, specializing in modern African history and colonial legal history. His work contributes to ongoing debates about land, ethnicity, and citizenship in Africa by showing how possibilities for unifying Kenya’s plural legal system — comprised of “customary,” Islamic, and English law jurisdictions — opened and closed during the era of decolonization and independence.
Walid A. Saleh is Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of the Institute of Islamic Studies at University of Toronto. He is a specialist on the Qur’an, Tafsir (Qur’anic exegetical literature) and medieval Islamic literature. Saleh is the author of two books, The Formation of the Classical Tafsir Tradition: The Qur’an Commentary of al-Tha`labi (Brill, 2004), and In Defense of the Bible: A Critical Edition and an Introduction to al-Biqa`i’s Bible Treatise (Brill, 2008). Saleh has published articles on al-Wahidi, Ibn Taymiyya, al-Zamakhshari, al-Baydawi, and al-Maturidi. He has also published articles on apocalyptic literature and mirabilia literature in early Ottoman period.
Dale joined NYUAD in September 2014, as a Research Fellow in the Humanities Research Fellowship Program. His scholarly interests center on the history of the Middle East during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Broadly, he is interested in how changes in the environment resulting from both human and non-human action relate to social and political change.
Shuang Wen is a historian of the modern Middle East and East Asia. Using Arabic and Chinese language primary sources from multi-sited research in China, Egypt, Syria, Taiwan, the UK, and the US, her forthcoming first book investigates the transformative processes of Arab-Chinese global interactions in the age of late imperial capitalism from the mid-19th century to the end of World War II.
Luke Yarbrough, since 2013 an Assistant Professor in the History Department at Saint Louis University, earned his PhD in 2012 in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. In the fall of that year, he was a fellow at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
William Gerard Zimmerle is both the Director of the Dhofar Ethnography Preservation Project: Documenting the Cuboid Incense Burner in the Sultanate of Oman, and the Dhofar Rock Art and Inscriptions Project: A Digital Humanities Initiative in the Sultanate. Both field projects are under the auspices of the Diwan of the Royal Court.