Jamal Elias is Class of 1965 Term Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include Islamic mystical thought and metaphysics; religion and material culture; popular culture in South Asia and Turkey; Arabic and Persian scholarly literature; and visual studies. He authored Key Themes for the Study of Islam (2010); This Is Islam: From Muhammad and the Community of Believers to Islam in the Global Community (2011); and On Wings of Diesel: Trucks, Identity and Culture in Pakistan (2011). In the spring, Elias will explore the early phase of the Mevlevi Sufi order in thirteenth-century Anatolia.

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Jamal Elias (2006-2007)
Jamal Elias (2012-2013)