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Tariq al-Jamil

Associate Professor of Religion
Program Coordinator, Islamic Studies

Professor al-Jamil is an expert on medieval Islamic social history and law, with a particular focus on Shi'ism. He has conducted research on Sunni-Shi'i relations and can address issues related to the academic study of Islam and the social history of Iraq, Iran, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. His published works and research interests include: Islam and inter-communal violence, pre-modern religious identity, religious dissimulation, the transmission of knowledge in Islam, and women in Islamic jurisprudence.

Al-Jamil received his B.A. from Oberlin College, M.T.S. from Harvard University, and M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Audio

Listen to Tariq al-Jamil explore the bodily practices and social behaviors associated with religious dissimulation - known as "taqiyya," a practice in which a Shi'ite can lie about their faith in order to save a life - in 13th- and 14th-century Iraq, in a talk entitled "Hiding in Plain Sight: Shi'i Islam, Secrecy, and Religious Dissimulation in Social Practice."
Tariq al-Jamil

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