Re-examining the place of textuality in Islamic Studies

Islamic Thought between Two Eras

Junaid Quadri


Mohannad Abusarah

February 8, 2022


Professor Junaid Quadri joins the Reading Practices Hub to discuss theoretical questions related to the study of Islamic thought. He focuses on the connection between thought and practice in the Islamic tradition, especially in Islamic law. He also discusses the question of continuity and rupture in a way that he revised the dominant narrative. He then elaborates on his approach in studying Islamic texts in relation to the context in which they emerged. Finally, he answers the question of interdisciplinarity and his way of constructing an organic interdisciplinary method.

Host: Mohannad Abusarah

Date recorded: January 11th, 2022

Junaid Quadri

Junaid Quadri is Associate Professor of History, Director of Undergraduate Studies in History, and Director of the Program in Religious Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He teaches courses in Middle Eastern civilizations, Islamic intellectual history, and colonialism and modernity in the Muslim world.

Mohannad Abusarah

Mohannad Abusarah is a PhD student in the Department for the Study of Religion. He earned his second Bachelor and MA degree in the Study of Religion and Philosophy from the University of Toronto. He studies the intellectual history of medieval and modern Islamic societies with a focus on the transition of the modern Islamic discourse. His project investigates the relationship between European thought, especially 17th and 18th century philosophy, and the transition to modern Islamic discourses. Mohannad also focuses on methods and theories in religion and intellectual history.