Re-examining the place of textuality in Islamic Studies

For the Love of the Prophet

Noah Saloman


Abdulla Majeed

January 17, 2022


Professor Noah Salomon joins this episode of the Reading Muslims podcast to discuss the role texts and textuality came to play in his ethnography of the Islamic State in Sudan, For Love of the Prophet (Princeton University Press 2016). He reflects on what it means to approach texts not only as an object of study, but also as a method that informs one’s ethnographic practice. Professor Salomon also discusses his new project, which travels between Muscat, Khartoum, and Beirut to examine the production of religious difference within Islam in post-revolutionary moments.

Host: Abdulla Majeed

Date recorded: December 14th, 2021

Noah Saloman

Noah Salomon is the Irfan and Noreen Galaria Research Chair and Associate Professor in Islamic Studies at the University of Virginia. His work sits at the intersections of Islamic practice, knowledge, and the production of political belongings in the Middle East and North Africa. His first book, For Love of the Prophet: An Ethnography of Sudan’s Islamic State (Princeton University Press, 2016), is the recipient of the 2017 Albert Hourani Prize from the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) as well as the 2017 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in Analytical-Descriptive Studies from the American Academy of Religion.

Abdulla Majeed

Abdulla Majeed is a PhD Candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology at Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Abdulla’s work lays at the intersection of anthropologies of the state and citizenship, displacement, and Middle East history with a focus on Iraq and Jordan. His current ethnographic project looks at how Iraqi exiles in Jordan come to be entangled with multiple statecrafts in negotiating the location of the future in their everyday lives.