Tehseen Thaver

AB Adviser
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Tehseen Thaver is a scholar of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion. At Princeton since 2018, she has previously taught at Bard College, Lehigh University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches courses on the Qur’an and its interpretation, Sufism and Muslim Ethics, Muslim humanities, and religion and secularism. Her research focuses on multiple forms of Muslims’ engagement with scripture – pre-modern and modern, oral and textual, interpretive and performative. In her current book project, Beyond Sectarianism: Text, Hermeneutics, and the Formations of Religious Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Islam (in preparation), she explores the interplay of politics, religious identity, and Qur’an exegesis in early Islam through the work of a tenth century scholar-poet’s Arabic commentary on the Qur’an. Recent publications include “Encountering Ambiguity: Mu‘tazili and Twelver Shi‘i Approaches to the Qur’an’s Ambiguous Verses” in the Journal of Qur’anic Studies, as well an edited translation of a Turkish Sufi teacher’s oral spiritual lessons titled, Beauty and Light: Mystical Discourses by a Contemporary Female Sufi Master (Fons Vitae, 2017). She is excited to meet and work with Wilson’s students!