- Near Eastern Studies
Muhammad Qasim Zaman is Robert H. Niehaus ’77 Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Religion. His research interests include: religious authority in classical, medieval, and modern Islam; history of Islamic law in the Middle East and in late medieval and modern South Asia; institutions and traditions of learning in Islam; Islamic political thought; and contemporary religious and political movements in the Muslim world. He is the author of The Ulama in Contemporary Islam: Custodians of Change; Religion and Politics under the Early Abbasids; and Ashraf Ali Thanawi: Islam in Modern South Asia. With Robert W. Hefner, he is also the co-editor of Schooling Islam: The Culture and Politics of Modern Muslim Education and, with Roxanne L. Euben, of Princeton Readings in Islamist Thought. Among his current projects is a book tentatively titled Internal Criticism and Religious Authority in Modern Islam.