Dr Sarah Bowen Savant
Dr Sarah Bowen Savant, Associate Professor, is an historian of religion. She received her MA from the University of Chicago and her PhD from Harvard University. Prior to joining AKU-ISMC in 2007, she was a Sultan Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr Savant is a member of the Institute's Professional Programmes Unit Committee and Research Committee and Chair of the Research Ethics Committee. She is also a member of the AKU University Research Council. She is component coordinator for the Muslim Heritages sequence of the MA in Muslim Cultures.
Dr Savant's academic interests include:
- Early Islam
- The Study of Religion
- Late Antique Iran and Iraq
- Prophetic Biography
At AKU-ISMC, Dr Savant has taught the courses:
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- Savant, Sarah (2013). The New Muslims of Post-Conquest Iran: Tradition, Memory, and Conversion. Studies in Islamic Civilisation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Savant, Sarah with Helena de Felipe (Eds.) (forthcoming, 2012). Genealogy and Knowledge in Muslim Socieites: Understanding the Past. Exploring Muslim Contexts Series. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- Savant, Sarah with Peter Webb. Translation of Ibn Qutaybah’s Faḍl al-ʿArab wal-Tanbīh ʿalā ʿulūmihā. In progress.
- Savant, Sarah (forthcoming, 2012). 'Forgetting Iran’s Pre-Islamic Past, ca. 800-1100 CE.' In Philip Wood (Ed.) History and Identity in the Late Antique Near East. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Savant, Sarah (forthcoming). 'Genealogy' and 'Shu‛ūbiyya.' In The Encyclopaedia of Islamic Political Thought. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
- Savant, Sarah (2008). 'Persians after the Arab Conquests.' Annales Islamologiques, vol. 42.
- Savant, Sarah (2006). 'Isaac as the Persians' Ishmael: Pride and the Pre-Islamic Past in Medieval Islam.' Comparative Islamic Studies, vol. 2, no. 1.
Recent Paper Presentations
- 'Forgetting Ctesiphon: Iran's Pre-Islamic Past, ca 800-1100 CE.' Paper presented at the Corpus Christi Classical Seminar: History and Identity in the Late Antique East. University of Oxford, February, 2010.
- Rethinking Tradition in the Study of Early Islam.” The British Council, Damascus. April 2009.
- Remembering Founding Moments: The Case of Early Islamic Persia.' The Mason Lecture. Georgetown University, April, 2009.
- 'Rethinking Tradition in the Study of Early Islam.' The British Council. Damascus, April, 2009.
- 'Remembering the Arab Conquest of Iran: Three Case Studies.' School of Oriental and African Studies seminar in the History of the Near and Middle East. SOAS, London, December, 2008.
- 'Damning the Memory of Persia's Pre-Islamic Past, Fostering Loyalty to Islam: Genealogy and Tradition in Early Islamic Iran.' International Seminar on Religious and Political Uses of Genealogies in Islamic Societies. Universidad de Alcala, Spain, November, 2008.