Understanding the Deoband Movement

When I began researching the Deoband movement as a graduate student, I knew basically three things about the Deobandis: there are hundreds of madrasas around the world modelled after the original Deobandi seminary, the Dar…

What is Islam?: A Call for Scholastic Innovation

It is a deceptively innocent, straightforward question – what is Islam? Yet, this question has invited assumptions, debates, laws, and wars that have picked up in both speed and power over the course of the…

Pitfalls of Scholarship

Painful Nostalgia for a Past Research Agenda An aspiring graduate student daydreamt about finishing the project of Sanhuri Pasha (d. 1971), the father of Egypt’s civil law. In 1949, Sanhuri’s civil code became the law…