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Devin J. StewartSamuel Candler Dobbs ProfessorDepartmental Chair



  • Ph.D., Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University

Teaching/Research Areas

  • Shiite Islam
  • Qur’anic Studies
  • Biography and Autobiography
  • Moriscos
  • Safavid Iran
  • Pre-modern Arabic Literature
  • Arabic Dialects

Books Published

  • Disagreements of the Jurists: A Manual of Islamic Legal Theory. New York: New York University Press, 2015.
  • Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic Literary Tradition. Dwight F. Reynolds.  University of California Press, 2001.  Co-authored text (pp. 1-103) and translated the autobiography of Yusuf al-Bahrani (d. 1772 C.E.) (pp. 216-23).
  • Islamic Legal Orthodoxy: Twelver Shiite Responses to the Sunni Legal System. Salt Lake City:  Utah University Press, 1998.

Edited Works

  • Female Religious Authority in Shi’i Islam. Ed. Mirjam Künkler and Devin J. Stewart. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2021.  
  • Vitality and Dynamism: Interstitial Dialogues of Language, Politics, and Religion in Morocco’s Literary Tradition. Ed. Kirstin Ruth Bratt, Youness M. Elbousty, and Devin J. Stewart. Leiden: Leiden University Press, 2014. 
  • Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought.  Associate Editors Patricia Crone, Wadad al-Qadi, Muhammad Qasim Zaman and Devin Stewart, Chief Editor Gerhard Böwering.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012. 
  • At the Nexus of Traditions in Safavid Iran: The Career and Thought of Shaykh Baha' al-Din Al-Amili.  Preface, Translations, and Notes by Devin J. Stewart. Edited by Muhammad Kazim Rahmati.  Qum, Iran: Academy of Islamic Sciences and Culture, 2009. 
  • Essays in Arabic Literary Biography, II: 1350-1850.  Ed. Joseph E. Lowry and Devin J. Stewart.  Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2009. 
  • Arabic Literature before al-Muwaylihi.  Ed. Devin J. Stewart and Shawkat M. Toorawa.  Special issue of Middle Eastern Literatures, 11.2 (2008). 
  • Law and Education in Medieval Islam.  Studies in Memory of Professor George Makdisi.  Ed. Joseph Lowry, Devin Stewart, and Shawkat Toorawa.  E.J.W. Gibb Memorial Trust, 2004.