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)
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
“Freeing the Kadi’s Justice: Max Weber and Methodology in Ottoman Legal Historiography.” In Rethinking Late Ottoman Civilisation, edited by Samy Ayoub and Jeanette Okur, with an introduction by Suraiya Faroqhi. Edinburgh Studies on the Ottoman Empire Series. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
“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 www.oxfordhandbooks.com.
“Ritual Slaughter.” In The Encyclopedia of Islamic Bioethics, edited by Ayman Shabana. New York: Oxford University Press.
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): 333–5.
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.
“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.
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
American Oriental Society
American Society for Legal History
Middle East Studies Association
Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association