Areas of Specialization
comparative religious ethics; islamic ethics; self and self-formation; religious and moral subjectivity in comparative perspective; south asian religious and mystical traditions; social and political ethics
Faraz holds an M.A in Arabic and Islamic studies (2006) from Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) department of Near Easter Languages & Cultures and a Ph.D in religious studies (2015) from IUB's department of religious studies with twin concentrations in Comparative Ethics and Islamic Studies. His dissertation examines the teachings of an influential 9th century Muslim theolgian, mystic, preacher and pedagogue, Harith al-Muhasibi (d. 857), through the lens of practices of the self. The dissertation reconstructs al-Muhasibi's account of religio-moral subjectivity and strategies of ethical formation. Furthermore, it analyzes how a Muhasibian conception of subjectivity and moral selfhood enriches current scholarly conversations about moral character, autonomy and religious tolerance in the broader field of religous studies.
At the College of William & Mary, Dr. Sheikh teaches courses in Religion and Ethics, Conceptions of the Self: East and West, Muslim Ethics and Comparative Religious Ethics. He is currently working on an article tentatively entitled Religious Subjectivity and Strategies of Ethical Formation in al-Muhasibi's Thought.