Princeton University
Albert J. Wood Fellowship

Research Topic

Exclusion as Definition: Situating the Tajrid sayf al-himma in its Transregional Context


Luke Yarbrough recently submitted his dissertation to the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. The dissertation examines the phenomenon of non-Muslims serving in Muslim governments in the Middle Ages. He authored “‘Upholding God’s Rule: Early Muslim Juristic Opposition to the State Employment of non-Muslims” (2012). At the Center, Yarbrough works on a critical edition of a thirteenth-century text in Arabic written by the Ayyubid administrator and qadi ‘Uthman b. Ibrahim al-Nabulusi.



Devoting intense study to a complex century characterized by the entanglement of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim life.