Assistant Professor Contact Areas of Interest
Nada Moumtaz
Department for the Study of Religion
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 315
170 St. George St.
  • Anthropology of Islam
  • Islamic law
  • Anthropology of property
  • Economic anthropology
  • Urban theory
  • Ottoman 19th century
  • Contemporary Middle East, Levant, Lebanon

About

I received my Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. My research stands at the intersection of Islamic legal studies, the anthropology of Islam, and studies of capitalism, and spans the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries in the Levant. Throughout my work I address how, beginning in the nineteenth century, Islamic tradition has transformed while continuing to challenge and provide alternatives to dominant sensibilities, conceptions, and institutions of the modern world. I am currently finishing my book manuscript, tentatively entitled Reviving the Waqf: Property, Law, and Religion in Modern Beirut, where I examine the contemporary Islamic revival of a centuries-old charitable practice of pious endowment under global capitalism and a regime of modern nation-states. I argue that these attempts to rekindle the practice of waqf reorder key concepts in the Islamic tradition, namely public benefit, family, and intent.

Primary Teaching

  • RLG239H (Fall) Politics of Charity
  • RLG352H (Spring) Post Colonial Islam
  • NMC103H (Fall) Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations III: The Islamic World

Publications

2015
“Chapter 7: Refiguring Islam.”The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anthropology of the Middle EastEd. Soraya AltorkiWiley-Blackwell

Accomplishments and Awards

2014-15
Postdoctoral Fellowship at the program “Europe in the Middle East – The Middle East in Europe” of the Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin.
2011-12
Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
2009
National Science Foundation, Dissertation Improvement Grant
2007-8
Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant