Jamal J. Elias

Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies

B.A. Stanford University (1983)
M.A. University of Pennsylvania (1985)

M.A. Yale University (1987)

Ph.D. Yale University (1991)

Languages: Arabic, French, Pashto, Persian, Punjabi, Turkish (modern and Ottoman), Urdu, Chaghatay, German, Spanish

Overseas Research Experience: Bangladesh, Egypt, France, India, Morocco, Turkey, Pakistan, Uzbekistan

Representative Awards and Distinctions: Guggenheim Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, Honorary M.A. - Amherst College

Office Location: 
212 Logan Hall
Phone: 
215-898-5838
Research Interests: 

Islamic thought and religious history; Religion and Material Culture; Popular Culture in South Asia and Turkey; Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Scholarly Literature; Qur'anic Studies

Selected Publications: 

Aisha's Cushion: Religious Art, Perception and Practice in IslamOn Wings of Diesel: Identity, Imagination and Truck Decoration in PakistanKey Themes for the Study of Islam; "The Taliban, Bamian and Revisionist Iconoclasm;" "Sufi Dhikr Between Meditation and Prayer."

Courses Taught: 

Islam in the Modern World, Sufism, Qur'anic Studies, Islamic Metaphysics, Islam and the Religious Image