Sarah Bowen Savant
Telephone: 020 7380 3859
PhD Harvard University (June 2006)Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.MA The University of Chicago (June 1998)The Divinity SchoolHistory of Religions. BSFS Georgetown University (May 1993)School of Foreign Service.
Dr Savant has taught the following courses:An Introduction to Muslim History and TraditionThe Sira in Classical and Contemporary Muslim ScholarshipThe History of the Qur'an in Classical and Contemporary ScholarshipThe Formation of Muslim ThoughtHistoriography of the NationDr Savant is a Research Fellow at SOAS
Early IslamThe Study of ReligionHistoriographyLate Antique Iran and IraqProphetic Biography
Dr Sarah Bowen Savant, is a cultural historian specialising in the Middle East and Iran ca. 600-1100. 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. She is the author of The New Muslims of Post-Conquest Iran: Tradition, Memory, and Conversion (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), which won the Saidi-Sirjani Book Award, given by the International Society for Iranian Studies on behalf of the Persian Heritage Foundation. Her other publications include The Excellence of the Arabs: A Translation of Ibn Qutaybah’s Faḍl al-ʿArab wa l-tanbīh ʿalā ʿulūmihā (with Peter Webb; The Library of Arabic Literature; Abu Dhabi: New York University Press, 2016), as well as articles and edited volumes dealing with ethnic identity, cultural memory, genealogy, and history writing. Her current book project focuses on the history of books in the Middle East. With a team, she is developing digital methods to study the origins and development of the Arabic and Persian textual traditions. Please see http://iti-corpus.github.ioDr Savant is component coordinator for the Muslim Heritages sequence of the MA in Muslim Cultures. She is also the Principle Investigator for the Arabic Digital Humanities Project, “Knowledge, Information Technology, and the Arabic Book (KITAB)” and runs “Arabic Pasts: Histories and Historiography,” an annual workshop hosted by the AKU and SOAS, the University of London. Dr Savant is a Research Fellow at SOAS and is co-Principle Investigator of the Islamicate Texts Initiative.
Created on:04/26/2016 Last modified:01/14/2019