Assistant Professor of Religion
Najam I. Haider joined Barnard's faculty in 2010. Previously, he taught at Franklin & Marshall College, Georgetown University, New York University, and Princeton University. At Barnard he teaches courses focusing on the modern and pre-modern Muslim world. His current research interests focus on identity formation in the pre-modern Muslim world, Shi'ism, and the role of Islamic Law in the modern Muslim world.
Professor Haider has been the recipient of a Center for the Study of Religion dissertation grant and a Keasbey Fellowship to University of Oxford.
"Prayer, Mosque, and Pilgrimage: The Emergence of Sectarian Identity in 2nd /8th Century Kufa" in Islamic Law and Society, Vol. 16, No. 2 (2009): 151-74.
"A Community Divided: An Examination of the Murder of Idris b. 'Abd Allah (d. 175/791)" The Journal of the American Oriental Society, July-September, (2008): 459-76.
"On Lunatics and Loving Sons: A Textual Study of the Mamluk Historical Treatment of al-Hakim" The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 18, (2008): 109-39.
History and Historiography
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