Student Publications

PhD and MA Theses (2008 - Present)

The following is a list of PhD Theses completed since 2008. Most can be accessed online by clicking on their individual title, or by using the eScholarship link.


Thesis Title

Aun Ali

The beginnings of the school of Hillah: A bio-bibliographical study of twelver Shl'ism in the late Abbāsid and early Ilkhānid periods

Fadia Bahgat

Gender, labour, and the modern nation-state in Egypt: lower-class working women and the law from 1919-1952

Perwaiz Hayat

The conversation between Dārā Shukōh and Lāl Dās: a Șūfī-Yogī dialogue of the 17th - century Indian subcontinent

Dima Ayoub

Translatability in contemporary Arab women’s literature

Jeffrey Sachs

Law and the structure of authoritarian rule: knowledge, sovereignty, and judicial power in Sudan, 1898-1985

Alberto Tiburcio Urquiola

Convert Literature, interreligious polemics, and the "signs of prophethood" genre in late Safavid Iran (1694-1722): the work of 'Alī Qulī Jadīd al-Islām (d. circa 1722)

Faika Celik

"Community in motion": Gypsies in Ottoman imperial state policy, public morality and at the Sharia court of Uskudar (1530s-1585s)

Mohammad Hassan

Islamic legal thought and practices of seventeenth century Aceh: treating the others

Kamran Karimullah

Avicenna (d. 1037), logical theory, and the Aristotelian tradition

Fatima Seedat

Sex and the legal subject: woman and legal capacity in Hanafi law

Syed Quadri

Transformations of tradition: modernity in the thought of Muhammad Bakhīt al-Mutī'ī



Selim Argun

Elite configurations and clusters of power: the Ulema, Waqf and Ottoman State 1789-1839

Carl Sharif El-Tobgui

Reason, revelation & the reconstitution of rationality: Taqī al-Dīn Ibn Taymiyya's (d. 728/1328) «Dar' Ta 'ārud al- 'Aql wa-l-Naql» or "The refutation of the contradiction of reason and revelation"

Fachrizal Halim

The axis of authority in the later Shāf'ī school of law: Yahyā b. Sharaf al-Nawawi (631-76/1233-77)

Ibrahim Bilal

Freeing philosophy from metaphysics: Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī's philosophical approach to the study of natural phenomena

Gregory Mack

The modern muhtasib:religious policing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Nathan Spannaus

Islamic thought and revivalism in the Russian Empire: an intellectual Biography of Abū Nasr Qūrsāwī (1776-1812)

Emre Unlucayakli

The official discourse on religion in post-1980 Turkey: the official boundaries of the religious field, national belonging and heritage

Farah Kawtharani The state in modern Islamic Shi'i thought: Imam Muhammad Mahdi Shams al-Din.
Aaron Scott Johnson A revolutionary young Ottoman: Ali Suavi (1839-1878).
Walter Edward Young The dialectical forge: proto-system juridical disputation in the Kitāb Ikhtilāf al-'Irāqiyyīn (2 vols.).


Abdurahman Abdullahi The Islamic movement in Somalia: a historical evolution with a case study of the Islah Movement (1950- 2000).
Mehmet Kadri Karabela The development of dialectic and argumentation theory in post-classical Islamic intellectual history.
Mohammad Saani Ibrahim The decline of Sufism and the rise of a new Islam: some factors contributing to the political and social ascendancy of Wahhabist Islam in Northern Ghana.
David Mason Investigating Turkey: detective fiction and Turkish nationalism, 1928-1950.
Basak Ozoral Economic engagement of religious ethics in a global economy: the rise of Islamic capital in Central Anatolia as a new economic power, 1980-present.
Gulay Yilmaz The economic and social roles of janissaries in a seventeenth century Ottoman city: the case of Istanbul.
Mida Zantout Women, mothers, and children: colonization and Islamic law in the Lebanese state.
Gina Marie Bonelli Farabi's virtuous city and the Plotinian world soul: a new reading of Farabi's «Mabadi' Ara' Ahl Al-Madina Al-Fadila.
Line Khatib Islamic and Islamist revivalism in Syria: rise and fall of secularism in Ba'thist Syria.
Nathalie Tremblay La conception des droits fondamentaux : discours et pratiques.
Jose Abraham Modernity, Islamic reform, and the Mappilas of Kerala: the contributions of Vakkom Moulavi (1873-1932).
Charles Douglas Fletcher Isma'il al-Faruqi (1921-1986) and inter-faith dialogue: the man, the scholar, the participant.
Damien Triffon Janos Intellect, substance, and motion in al-Farabi's cosmology.
Lathiful Khuluq Democracy, participation, and empowerment: poverty alleviation programs in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Benaouda Bensaid Towards a model of  «da'wah» in contemporary societies: the case of Shaykh Muhammad Al-Ghazali (1917-1996).
Mohamed Rashad Moalim-Ishak The ethical evaluation of brain dead persons and organ transplantation in contemporary Muslim ethics.
Abdul Muthalib The mystical teachings of Muhammad'Abd al-Karim al-Samman, an 18th century sufi.
Nadia Wardeh The problematic of «turath» in contemporary Arab thought: a study of Adonis and Hasan Hanafi.

The following is a list of MA Theses completed since 2008.  Most can be accessed online by clicking on their individual title, or by using the eScholarship link.

Name                                            Thesis Title
Temel Ucuncu Law making in Islam
David Wong

Installation of the printing press in areas using the Arabic script

Ahmed Mohamed

Gender and the political novel in Egypt through two works by Salwa Bakr & Sonallah Ibrahim

Andrew Workman

Understanding the Gulf's new Syria policy: power, identity, or economy?

Bruno-Olivier Bureau

Knowledge for action: a Genealogy of radical Islamist discourse from Sayyid Qutb to al-Qa'ida

Jonathan Dube

Pure generosity, divine providence, and the perfection of the soul in the philosophy of Ibn Sina (Avicenna)

Elliot Montpellier

Docile agents in Mirāt ul-‘arūs : rethinking the position of Sharīf women in nineteenth century Urdu literature

Mahwish Tazeem

Universal Human Rights of Women in Local Context: Challenges of Implementing the United Nation Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in Pakistan

Muhammad Attar

Fahr al-Din al-Razi on the human soul: a study of the psychology section of al-Mabahit al-masriqiyya fi'ilm al-ilhahiyyat wa-l-tabi'iyyat

Leila El-Murr

Seeing God: the use of theories of vision in Jāmī's «Yūsuf va Zulaykhā»

Hadi Fakhoury

Henry Corbin and Russian religious thought

Jennifer Pineo-Dunn

Fathiyyah al-'Assāl and the tradition of women’s writing in Egypt: the thematic and stylistic impacts of gender on her autobiographical and dramatic works

Hamid Usman Early Timurid-Mughal politics and historiography: a case study of a little known amīr, Shāh Qulī Khān Mahram (952-1010/1545-1601).
Sana Saeed In the presence of absence: a history of the future of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon 1993-2000.
Mehrnoush Shafiei Conceiving Iran's future: youth and the transition to parenthood.
Hussam Eldin Ahmed From Nahda to exile: a story of the Shawam in Egypt in the early twentieth century.
Candace Mixon The Jadids in Bukhara: the juxtaposition of the reforms of Aini and Fitrat.
Lambertus van Lit Two Ottoman intellectuals on the issue of God's knowledge: Khojazāda and 'Alā' al- Dīn al-Tūsī.
Arfiansyah The politicization of «shari'ah»: behind the implementation of «shari'ah» in Aceh-Indonesia.
Kianoosh Hashemzadeh Not a place, but a culture: the cultivation of Iranian subjectivity in Montreal.
Alexander Reddaway The practice of pigeon flying in Southern Tehran and its image in Iranian society.
Jehan Shibli Women at work: a study of Pakistani domestic workers and prostitutes in the UAE, 1971-2009.
Efe Atabay Eugenics, modernity and the rationalization of morality in early republican Turkey.
Hashir Majoka Islam and the Turkic Tajik symbiosis in Central Asia.
Carrie Serban A study of the Ottoman guilds as they are depicted in Turkish miniature paintings.
Abd Alfatah Twakkal Ka'b al-Ahbar and the Isra'iliyyat in the Tafsir literature.
Pascal Chahine (Re)Constructing Beirut: Helem and "local" homosexualities.
Nora Parr The construction of Palestinian identities in the Arabic-Palestinian novel.