Mairaj Syed

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Teaching Assistant Adviser


Office: 903 Sproul

Education and Degree(s):

  • M.A., Ph.D. in Religion, Princeton University
  • B.A. in Business, University of Texas at Austin

Research Interest(s):

  • Islamic law, Early Islamic History, Hadith literature, Islamic Ethics, Ethical Theory, Islamic Political Thought, Islamic Intellectual History, Legal Theory, Legal History, Law and Society, Moral Philosophy, Social Theory, Gender

Course(s) Taught:

  • Religion and Law (RST 1H), the Qur'an (RST 65C), Introduction to Islam (RST 60), Introduction to Islamic Thought (RST 160), Introduction to Islamic Law (RST 162), Foundational Theories of Religion (RST 200B)

Teaching Experience:

  • 4 years

Current Projects:

  • Coercion in Classical Islamic Theology and Law (book manuscript)

Honors and Awards:

  • Fulbright Fellow (2014)