Karim Samji, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Iona College Department of Religious Studies
715 North Ave.
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Phone: (914) 637-2644
Fax: (914) 633-2248

Office Hours:
Tuesday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

PhD, Near Eastern Studies: University of Michigan, 2013.
MA, Near Eastern Studies: University of Michigan.
MA, History: University of Utah.
BA, The Study of Religion, and History, summa cum laude: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Departmental Information and Courses
Karim Samji joined the faculty of the Religious Studies Department in the Fall of 2013, specializing in Islam. He teaches RST 101: Religion in the Contemporary World, RST 210: Introduction to Islam, and upper-level special topics courses.

Professional Interests
Karim Samji's primary areas of interest include: Islam; Prophetic Logia; Qur'an and its Exegesis; Islamic Philosophy and Theology; Islamic Law; Early Islamic History; Medieval Islamic History; Modern Middle East History; Arabic Historiography; World History; World Religions; Eastern Religious Traditions; Intellectual History; and Theory and Method.

Professional Affiliations
Karim Samji is a member of the American Academy of Religion (AAR); American Historical Association (AHA); American Oriental Society (AOS); Middle East Medievalists (MEM); and Middle East Studies Association (MESA).

Karim Samji's early research specialized in Arabic papyrology and paleography. He edited, translated, and provided commentaries and the significance of Arabic literary papyri from the Aziz S. Atiya Papyri and Paper Collection. Covering both hadith (logia) and Islamic moral law (fiqh), these papyri shed light on the development of the Islamic religious sciences. At the 42nd Annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Meeting in Washington, D.C., Karim Samji presented his research in the panel entitled: Papyri, Primary Sources and Textual Criticism. At present, Karim Samji's research focuses on early Islamic historiography, narratology, and hagiography.