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Omid Safi


Reflections on the State of Islamic Studies

[Some of the 20,000 preserved ancient Islamic manuscripts which rest in air-conditioned rooms at the Ahmed Baba Institute in Timbuktu, Mali, 16 March 2003. Image by Ben Curtis via AP Photo]

I have been asked to share my impressions about the state of Islamic studies in the North American academy. Given that the pioneers of this field include many of my mentors, and many of my own peers have struggled for years to help advance the field to its current state, my observations will not be dispassionate. And since I have been fortunate to have a front-row seat along the development of the field over the last twenty years, I hope I’ll be able to do justice to the ...

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Omid Safi


Omid Safi is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also serves as the co-chair of the steering committee of the Study of Islam section at the American Academy of Religion.