Nancy Khalek is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and specializes in Late Antiquity and Islam. She received her Ph.D. in history from Princeton University in 2006. Her first book is entitled Damascus after the Muslim Conquest: Text and Image in Early Islam (Oxford University Press, 2011), and she has published articles and essays in a number of scholarly journals and venues, including the Journal of the American Oriental Society, Der Islam, Arabica, and Dumbarton Oaks, among others. She is currently working on a second book on hagiography, biography and material culture related to the Companions of Muhammad in the context of claims to orthodoxy and authority in medieval Islam. Courses taught include a range of topics spanning the medieval and contemporary Islamic world. At Brown, Professor Khalek has connections and affiliations with several departments and programs, including the Political Theory Project, the Program in Medieval Studies and The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology. She has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Turkey and, most recently, in Jordan.
|Khalek, Nancy Some Notes on the Representation of Non-Muslim Officials in al-Ǧahšiyārī’s (d. 331/942) Kitāb al-Wuzarāʾ wa-l-kuttāb. Arabica. 2015; 62 (4) : 503-520.|
|Khalek, Nancy Medieval Biographical Literature and the Companions of Muḥammad. Der Islam. 2014; 91 (2)|
|Khalek, Nancy Jerusalem in Medieval Islamic Tradition. Religion Compass. 2011; 5 (10) : 624-630.|
In addition to a focus on the formative period of Islamic history, my other research interests include hagiography, biography and historiography in the Byzantine and Islamic worlds, relic and saint veneration, Christian-Muslim dialogue, and the relationship of material culture to religious life. Over the years, I have also conducted archaeological and ethnographic field work in Jordan, Syria, Greece and Turkey.
I am currently writing a book on the Companions of Muhammad (the Ṣahāba) in medieval Islamic biographical and hagiographical literature.
2016 Fellow, Cogut Center for the Humanities
2014 John Rowe Workman Award
2013 - 2014: Salomon Faculty Research Award
Summer 2013: International UTRA for travel and archaeology in Jordan (4)
2011- 2012: Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship
Fall 2011: Fellow, Cogut Center for the Humanities
“Introduction to the 1995 Edition of the Tarīkh Madīnat Dimashq” in New Perspectives on Ibn ‘Asākir and Islamic Historiography (Leiden:Brill, 2017)
“John the Baptist in Islamic Material Culture,” in the Encyclopledia of The Bible and its Reception (Degruyter, 2017)
Entries on “Damascus,” and “Jerusalem,” for the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, 2nd edition, edited by Richard C. Martin. (UK: Gale, 2016)
Multiple Entries for the Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity: Islam; Almsgiving, Islamic, Asceticism, Islamic; Bible, Interpretation and Commentary, Islamic; Companions of the Prophet; Festivals and Calendars, Islamic; Fasting, Islamic; Magic and Divination, Arabian and Islamic; Pilgrimage, Islamic; Prayer, Islamic; Mariya; ‘Abdallāh ibn ‘Umar; Abū Jahl; Abū Lahab; ‘ ’isha bt. Abī Bakr; Talḥa ibn al-Zubayr; Asma bt. Abī Bakr; ‘ tika ibn Yazīd; Barīd; Fāṭima; Ḥafsa bt. ‘Umar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb; Hind ibn ‘Utba; Khadija; Qibla; Ramadan; Sa‘d ibn Abī Waqqās; Ṭalḥa ibn ‘Ubaydallāh; Uḥud, Battle of. (Forthcoming, 2018)
"Freedom of Religion in the Contemporary Middle East: Unsatisfactory Answers to the Wrong Questions," Perspectives on History, the Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association. Summer 2015. https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/summer-2015/freedom-of-religion-in-the-contemporary-middle-east
"Some Notes on the Representation of Non-Muslim Officials in al-Ǧahšiyārī’s (d. 331/942) Kitāb al-wuzarā’ wa-l-kuttāb." Arabica 62 (2015): 503-20.
"Medieval Muslim Martyrs to the Plague: Venerating the Companions of Muḥammad in The Jordan Valley.” Saints and Sacred Matter, The Cult of Relics in Byzantium and Beyond, Eds. Holger Klein and Cynthia Hahn (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, Nov. 2015) 83-97.
"Early Islamic History Re-Imagined: The Biography of 'Umar ibn 'Abd al-'Azīz in Ibn 'Asākir's Tārīkh Madīnat Dimashq," Journal of the American Oriental Society 134.3 (2015):1-21.
"Medieval Biographical Literature and the Companions of Muhammad," Der Islam, 2014.2, 272-94.
"Patterns of Habitation in Post-Conquest Damascus and its Hinterland." Bibliothèque de l'Antiquité Tardive (BAT 19) Le Proche-Orient de Justinien aux Abbassides Peuplement et dynamiques spatiales (2011):137-145.
"Jerusalem in Medieval Islamic Tradition." Religion Compass, 5/10 (2011):624-30. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1749-8171.2011.00305.x/full
"Dreams of Hagia Sophia: The Muslim Siege of Constantinople in 674 AD, Abū Ayyūb and the Medieval Islamic Imagination." The Islamic Scholarly Tradition: Studies in History, Law and Thought in Honor of Professor Michael Allan Cook, Eds. Asad Q. Ahmed, Behnam Sadeghi and Michael Bonner. (Leiden: Brill, 2011) 131-46.
Monograph: Damascus after the Muslim Conquest: Text and Image in Early Islam (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011). Top Five Finalist, Best First Book in the History of Religion Award, American Academy of Religion.
"Notables," in the Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought ed. Gerhard Böwering. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011) 42-3.
"He was Tall and Slender, and His Virtues Were Numerous: Byzantine Hagiographical Topoi and the Companions of Muhammad in Al-Azdī's Futūḥ al-Shām/Conquest of Syria." Writing "True Stories": Historians and Hagiographers in the Late Antique and Medieval Near East, Collected Conference Proceedings. Ed. Arietta Papaconstantinou. (Belgium: Brepols Press, 2010) 105-23.
"The Cult of John the Baptist amongst Muslims and Christians in Early Islamic Syria." Routes of Faith in the Medieval Mediterranean: History, Monuments, People, Pilgrimage Perspectives: Proceedings of an International Symposium. (Thessaloniki: EKBMM, 2007) 360-64.
"Methods of Instructing Syriac-Speaking Christians to Care for the Poor: A Brief Comparison of the Eighth Memre of the Book of Steps and the Story of the Man of God of Edessa," Hugoye, Journal of Syriac Studies, Volume 8, no. 1 (2005). http://syrcom.cua.edu/Hugoye/Vol8No1/HV8N1Khalek.html
|2001||MA||University of Michigan|
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