Sarah Islam is currently a Ph.D. student in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, where she works on the social and intellectual history of Islamic law under the supervision of Professor Michael Cook. After spending several years abroad on fellowships from the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad and the Boren Program studying Arabic and Islamic legal history, she obtained an M.A. in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton in 2010 with a focus on contemporary Islamic legal practice and social movements. Upon receiving an Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellowship administered by Princeton-LAPA and Yale Law School, she worked for a public interest law NGO in Washington DC for almost two years.
Now a doctoral student at Princeton, her dissertation examines the evolution of blasphemy as a legal category among capital crimes in Islamic legal history. Her academic work thus far has been published by Sage, Brill, and Oxford University Presses. She is currently pursuing dissertation research abroad on fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Social Science Research Council, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the American Center for Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan and Istanbul, Turkey. She is a working group member of the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School's Task Force on the Future of the Graduate School—a committee that is part of an institution-wide strategic planning initiative launched by the Trustees of Princeton University.