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Jawad Anwar Qureshi is assistant professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the American Islamic College. He is a doctoral candidate in Islamic Studies at the University of Chicago’s Divinity School. His qualifying exams were in Qur’anic studies, Sufi literature, Islamic revival and reform, and contemporary theories for the study of religion. His dissertation explores debates amongst 20th century Syrian ‘ulama on issues related to law, ethics, tradition, and politics, focusing on the exchanges between Syria’s most prominent religious scholar in the last half of the 20th century–Said Ramadan al-Bouti (1924-2013), rahimahu Allah–and his interlocutors. Jawad also has degrees in religion from the University of Missouri-Columbia (BA) and the University of Georgia-Athens (MA).
His training in the academic study of religion is complemented by years of sustained traditional Islamic studies in America and abroad. In Syria, he studied a variety of Islamic sciences privately under ‘ulama in Damascus and Aleppo for four years, covering theology, jurisprudence, legal theory, Sufism, hadith nomenclature, hadith, and Qur’anic exegesis, among other sciences.
Jawad’s research interests pertain to the Islamic intellectual tradition, the ways in which it is constituted, contested, and developed, and the ways in which it intersects with public life. He has contributed a chapter to State and Islam in Baathist Syria: Confrontation or Co-Optation? (Scotland: University of St. Andrews Centre for Syrian Studies, 2012), titled: “The Discourses of Damascene Sunni Ulama during the 2011 Revolution.” He has also contributed entries to The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islamic Law and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics. He is also preparing a critical edition and study of a number of kalam and Sufi texts by the Ottoman Damascene scholar ‘Abd al-Ghani al-Nabulusi (d. 1731).
Jawad is a Fulbright and Fulbright-Hayes (DDRA) awardee.
At AIC, Jawad teaches courses on Qur’anic and classical Arabic, Qur’anic studies, Sufism, Muslim revival and reform, as well as methods and theories in the study of religion.