Dr. Ahmad’s research and teaching focus is on Persian language and literature, Indo-Persian culture, and history and politics of Islam in the Middle East and South Asia. He Graduate from the University of Arizona with A PhD in Near Eastern Studies in 2010.
Raj Bhala, an Indian-American, joined the KU Law faculty in 2003 as the Rice Distinguished Professor. Bhala's scholarly reputation in international trade is global, based in part on a sustained, prolific publication record. Bhala's energy and enthusiasm extend to Islamic Law. He is the first non-Muslim American law professor to write a comprehensive textbook in the field, "Understanding Islamic Law Shari'a)." This work covers in an accessible manner the religion, history and law of Islam.
Dr. Boussofara, a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Tunisia), Exeter University (UK), and the University of Texas at Austin (UT), is an Associate Professor of Arabic Studies.
She is an Applied Linguist and a Sociolinguist. Her general research interest is in the sociolinguistics of the Arab World and TAFL (teaching Arabic as a foreign language). Her primary research focus is on contact linguistics (multilingualism, bilingualism, codeswitching, and diglossic switching), and the socio-cultural foundations of linguistic choices in political and media discourse.
Prior to joining KU in 2000, Dr. Boussofara has had teaching experiences in the UK, at the University of Tunis, Cornell College in Iowa, and the University of Texas at Austin.
Jacquelene Brinton received both her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Religious Studies, with a specialty in Islamic Studies, from the University of Virginia. Her recent book, 'Preaching Islamic Renewal: Religious Authority and the Media in Modern Egypt,' is currently in print with the University of California Press.
Samuel Hayim Brody studied Political and Social Thought and Middle-Eastern Studies at the University of Virginia before turning his attention to the study of traditional Jewish sources at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he received his MA. His Ph.D. in the History of Judaism is from the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he focused on the modern German-Jewish intellectual tradition, while also studying philosophical hermeneutics, Christian exegesis, and varying conceptions of the relationship between religion and politics. He has previously taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Cincinnati.
After receiving his undergraduate education in Business and economics (major) in Cairo University 1954-1958, mathematics and economics in Russia (1958-1959) and US 1958-1966 completing Ph.D. in Economics and Mathematical Statistics, MA in Economics, and MA in Mathematics, all from the University of Minnesota. Professor El-Hodiri speaks (classical, contemporary, and all dialects of) Arabic, English, and Russian and is moderately proficient in French and Biblical Hebrew. He is very well informed on Arab History, Islam, and Middle Eastern religious history (esp. EGYPT). He has published over 30 articles in the top journals in economics and mathematics, 15 book reviews, poems in Arabic and English, and 5 books in economics and mathematics.
Majid Hannoum is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology. His teaching and research focuses on Anthropology and history, social theory, cultural identity, political modernity, historiography and memory, religion and politics, violence and the state, immigration and globalization. His regional expertise is with the Middle East, North Africa and France.
Geoff Husic's areas of professional responsibility cover collection development, reference, and instruction for the Balkan Peninsula and the Near East (Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Middle East) as well as for Linguistics. In addition he is cataloger for materials received pertaining to these world regions.
Nilou Vakil, a lecturer in the Department of Architecture, is currently the President and the Principal Architect of in situ DESIGN. Nilou has practiced in both the U.S. and internationally. She is a licensed architect, LEED BD+C accredited professional, and has also overseen the coordination of projects in the international Estidama sustainability rating program in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She has been invited to lecture and present her work extensively including venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Arts (Tehran, Iran), Denver University, University of Colorado, Colorado Academy and the University of the Arts (Tehran, Iran).