Faraz Sheikh

Assistant Professor

Email: [[fmsheikh]]
Interests: Comparative Religious Ethics; Ethical Formation; Muslim Ethics; Discourse and Subjectivity
Office: Wren 305

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. At William & Mary, he teaches courses in Religion and Ethics, Conceptions of the Self: East and West, Ethical and Religious Formation and Muslim Ethics.

Faraz has recently published:

i) "Encountering Opposed Others and Countering Suggestions [khatarat]: Notes on Religious Tolerance from Ninth Century Arab-Muslim Thought" Comparative Islamic Studies 11.2 (2015) 179–204. The article is available at https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/CIS/issue/current 

He has a forthcoming article titled

i)"Being an Intelligent Slave of God: Discursive Strategies and Subject Formation in Early Muslim Thought" in the Journal of Religious Ethics

Faraz is working on two new projects:

i) A book monograph tentatively entitled Religious Discourses and Subject Formation: A Comparative Study in Muslim Ethics that comparatively examines two accounts of ideal Muslim religio-moral subjectivity and techniques of subject-formation implicit in the writings of ninth century Muslim pedagogue and theologian al-Harith b. Asad al-Muhasibi (d. 857) and the twentieth century Kurdish-Turkish Quran exegete and teacher, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (d. 1960)

ii) An article tentatively titled "The Ascent and Descent of Human Dignity: Belief and Human Flourishing in Said Nursi's Religious Thought"