Lecturer in Qur’anic Arabic
University of Chicago Divinity School • Chicago, IL

Adjunct Lecturer
Department of Religious Studies
University of Illinois at Chicago • Chicago, IL




PhD, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations • Islamic Thought
Major field: Islamic Law | Minor field: Modern Middle Eastern History
Dissertation Title: “Revaluing the Price of Blood: Homicide in Islamic Jurisprudence and Ottoman Law” (Committee Chair: Ahmed El Shamsy | Defended June 2019)


Master of Legal Studies (MLS), University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, IL


MA, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Islamic Thought, Dept. of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Thesis Title: “Precedent in the Text: Change and Continuity in the Hanafi Legal Tradition”


Islamic ʿAlimiyyah (Seminary Degree), Institute of Islamic Education, Elgin, IL
Traditional diplomas in Tajwid (Quranic Recitation) and Hifz al-Qurʾan (Memorization of Quran), and Hadith


BA, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Economics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences


Book Chapter


“The Classical Period: Scripture, Origins and Early Development,” with Mariam Sheibani and Ahmed El Shamsy. In The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law, edited by Anver M. Emon and Rumee Ahmed, 403–36. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. Online edition available at


Encyclopedia Article


“Ritual Slaughter.” In The Encyclopedia of Islamic Bioethics, edited by Ayman Shabana. New York: Oxford University Press.


Book Reviews


Faiz Ahmed, Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2017). In Law and History Review.



Guy Burak, The Second Formation of Islamic Law: The Ḥanafī School in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015). In Journal of Near Eastern Studies 77, no. 2 (2018): 333–35.




Muhammad Taqi Usmani, The Islamic Laws of Animal Slaughter: A Discussion on the Islamic Laws for Slaughtering Animals and a Survey of Modern-Day Slaughtering Methods (Santa Barbara, CA: White Thread Press, 2006). Original: Aḥkām al-dhabāʾiḥ wa al-luḥūm al-mustawrada (1997).

Fellowships & Awards


Research Fellow. Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law & Civilization. Yale Law School.


Arnaldo Momigliano Dissertation Research Travel Grant. University of Chicago.


Ayverdi Prize for Best Ottoman Translation, Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association.


American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) Turkish Language Summer Fellowship for Study of Advanced Turkish at Boğaziçi University.


Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship.

Teaching Experience

“Introduction to Islamic Law.” University of Chicago. Winter 2016.
“Islamic Thought & Literature: Early Period.” Teaching assistant to Tahera Qutbuddin. University of Chicago. Autumn 2016.
“Advanced Arabic Syntax.” Teaching assistant to Tahera Qutbuddin. University of Chicago. Winter & Spring 2014.

Courses Developed

Gunpowder and Nationalism: History of the Modern Middle East
Islamic Civilization, 600–Present
Introduction to Islamic Law
History of the Ottoman Empire
Turn’d Turk: Islamic World through European Eyes
From Caliphate to Nation-State: Political Authority in the Middle East (advanced/graduate)
Readings in Islamic Governance (advanced/graduate)
From Fatwas to Fermans: Genres of Islamic Legal Writing (advanced/graduate)


College Teaching Certificate, Chicago Center for Teaching, University of Chicago. January 2018.

Certificate in Manuscript Studies, School of Mamluk Studies, University of Chicago. “A Holistic Approach to Manuscript Studies,” intensive course taught by Frédéric Bauden (University of Liège), June 2016.


Fluency: English (native), Arabic
Advanced Proficiency: Turkish (Modern and Ottoman), Spanish
Research Proficiency: Persian, French, German, Urdu, Latin

Professional Memberships

American Oriental Society
American Society for Legal History
Middle East Studies Association
Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association


About the Banner Image

Ottoman-era painting of the valley of Mecca, with the Kaaba in the center surrounded by the Holy Mosque and houses, and some pilgrimage sites are in the left distance. The Turkish legend at the bottom (corresponding to red numerals in the picture) includes the parts of the sanctuary and a number of landmarks. The bold lettering in the middle reads of the legend “The Exalted Kaaba.” Notice also the globe in the distance putting Mecca at the focal point and the northern hemisphere down under. Dated 9 Jumada I 981 (September 5, 1573) and signed by one Mehmed Baba, “a servant of the Family of the Cloak,” a reference to the family of Prophet Muhammad .