Jamal J. Elias

Walter H. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities

Professor of Religious Studies and South Asia Studies


Jamal J. Elias teaches courses on Islamic thought, culture and history, with a focus on Sufism, Islamic and modernity, as well as visual and material culture in the Middle East and South Asia. A recipient of many grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Social Science Research Council (among others), he has lectured and published broadly on history, religion, literature and material and visual culture in the medieval and modern Islamic world. His two most recent books are On Wings of Diesel: Trucks, Identity and Culture in Pakistan (Oxford 2011) and Aisha's Cushion: Religious Art, Perception and Practice in Islam (Cambridge, MA, 2012).

B.A., Stanford University (1983)
M.A., University of Pennsylvania (1985)
M.A., Yale University (1987)
Ph.D., Yale University (1991)

INTG 002: Integrated Studies II: Reality

RELS 146: Islam in the Modern World

RELS 445: Sufism

RELS 742: Topics in Islam: Qur'anic Studies

RELS 743: The Persian Intellectual Tradition

RELS 541: Islam & Religious Image