Najam Haider

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.

Selected Publications

"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.

Islamic Law
History and Historiography
Identity Formation

Ph.D., Princeton University

M.Phil., Oxford University – Hertford College

B.A., Dartmouth College

In the News

Religion professor explores the development of Shī‘ī Islam though an examination of belief, narrative, and memory.

Religion professor provides commentary for Al Jazeera America