• Coercion and Responsibility in Classical Islamic Thought (under contract, Oxford University Press)

Journal Articles

  • The Construction of Historical Memory in the Exegesis of Kor 16,106 in Arabica (2015). Download here.

Abstract: This article analyzes reports about the capture and torture of the companion ʿAmmār b. Yāsir and their later use in the exegesis of Kor 16,106. It also shows why the reports were generated by different sectarian communities (Imamī Šīʿites, Zaydites, Murǧiʾītes) in the different parts of the early Islamic empire (Kufa, Mecca, Medina, Basra, and Jazira) in the late first/seventh and early second/eighth centuries. Through a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the isnāds of reports, the article shows that it is possible to correlate information about the sectarian affiliations of reports’ transmitters with the contents of the reports and in the process show why different communities remembered and transmitted the specific forms of the reports that they did. The article shows how literary Islamic sources are susceptible to a much more granular historical analysis than previously assumed.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • Jihad in Classical Islamic Legal and Moral Thought in Just War in Religion and Politics (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2013). Download here.

Public Scholarship

  • The Role of Religious Reasons in a Democracy in Misbah (2:2, 2009). Download here.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • Sunnism in Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014). Download here.
  • Difference of Opinion in Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014). Download here.
  • Compulsion in Oxford Encyclopedia of Islamic Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Download here.

Book Reviews

  • Review of Umar Faruq Abd-Allah’s Malik and Medina: Islamic Legal Reasoning in the Formative Period. Download here.
  • Review of Is Jihad Just War. Download here.


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