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Alyssa Gabbay


Academic Profile

I am an Associate Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I received my Ph.D. from University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, where I studied classical Persian literature with Professor Heshmat Moayyad and medieval Islamic history with Professor John Woods. Publications include Islamic Tolerance: Amir Khusraw and Pluralism (London: Routledge, 2010) and Gender and Succession in Medieval and Early Modern Islam: Bilateral Descent and the Legacy of Fatima (I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury, 2020), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. I am currently (2021) working on a critical edition and translation of Amir Khusraw’s Dībāchah-’i Dīvān-i Ghurrat al-Kamāl (under contract with Murty Classical Library of India, Harvard University Press). My research interests include gender and Islam, Shi‘ism, Indo-Persian culture, and religious pluralism.

Current Position

Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro