Joseph Lowry

Associate Professor



B.A., University of Washington (1985); J.D., University of Pennsylvania (1990); M.A., University of Pennsylvania (1991); Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (1999)


Arabic, Persian

Research Interests:

Islamic Law, Arabic Literature, Classical Islamic Thought, Qur’an, Early Islam

Overseas Research Experience:

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Kuwait

Recent Publications:

Essays in Arabic Literary Biography II: 1350-1850 Ed. with Devin J. Stewart (Harrasowitz Verlag 2009, more info here), Early Islamic Legal Theory: the Risala of Muhammad Ibn Idris al-Shafi'i (Brill 2007, link here  Law and Education in Medieval Islam: Studies in Memory of George Makdisi, eds. J. Lowry, D. Stewart and S. Toorawa. Cambridge: E. J. W. Gibb Memorial Trust, 2005

  • Intro to the Qur'an (NELC 130)
  • Intro to Islamic Law (NELC 238)
  • Islamic Intellectual Tradition (NELC 437)
  • Approaches to Islamic Law (NELC 638)
  • Intro to Reading the Qur'an in Arabic (ARAB 333)
  • Intro to Classical Islamic Texts (ARAB 436)