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Muhammad Zaman

Department/Program(s):
  • Near Eastern Studies
  • Religion
Position: Core Faculty
Title: Robert H. Niehaus '77 Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Religion.
Office: 116 Jones Hall
Phone: 609-258-2011
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1-3



Muhammad Qasim Zaman joined the Department in 2006. His research interests include: issues of religious authority in Islam; history of Islamic law in the Middle East and in late medieval and modern South Asia; Islamic political thought; institutions and traditions of learning in Islam; and contemporary religious and political movements in the Muslim world. He is the author of Religion and Politics under the Early Abbasids; The Ulama in Contemporary Islam: Custodians of Change; Ashraf Ali Thanawi: Islam in Modern South Asia; and Modern Islamic Thought in a Radical Age: Religious Authority and Internal Criticism. 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.