Current Graduate Students
News & Alerts
- Congratulations to the Class of 2016!
Recent Graduate Student Accomplishments
Successful Dissertation Defenses (AY15-16)
- Eman Morsi, "The Comedy of Revolution: Ludic Critique, Everyday Life and Narratives of the Nation-State in Egypt and Cuba (1961-1991)"
- Ahmad Shokr, "Beyond the Fields: Cotton and the End of Empire in Egypt, 1919-1956"
- Amir Moosavi, "Dust That Never Settled Ideology, Ambivalence and Disenchantment in Arabic and Persian Fiction of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-2003)"
- Alya El Hosseiny, New York University Abu Dhabi Institute Humanities Research Fellowship
- Alex Winder, Carola Collier Berthelot Trust Fellowship
- Suneela Mubayi, Carola Collier Berthelot Trust Fellowship
Director of Graduate Studies
Professor Marion Katz
Office Address: 50 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8888
Fax: (212) 995-4689
Professor Marion Katz's first book, Body of Text, deals with the reconstruction of early scholarly debates about the law of ritual purity (tahara) and the underlying issues of community boundaries, gender, and attitudes towards the body. More recently, she published a monograph examining the forms of piety surrounding the celebration of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (the mawlid al-nabawi). It demonstrates that the complex of devotional narratives surrounding the motif of the Prophet’s birth has deep roots in the Islamic tradition, long predating the emergence of the mawlid celebration. While these narratives often defy the standards of the scholarly disciplines of history and hadith (and probably have their roots in popular storytelling), they show enormous continuity and cohesiveness over a period of many centuries. For many medieval Muslims, it is likely that these stories functioned as the best-known and most authoritative accounts of the Prophet’s origins and birth.