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Aaron Rock-Singer

Visiting Assistant Professor

Aaron Rock-Singer

White Hall

Educational Background

  • Princeton University, Near Eastern Studies, Ph.D. 2016
  • St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, Modern Middle Eastern Studies, M.Phil. 2010
  • The University of Pennsylvania, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, B.A. 2007



Dr. Rock-Singer's research draws on mass and small media to trace the changing relationship between religion, politics and society in the Middle East.  His book, Practicing Islam in Egypt: Print Media and Islamic Revival, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press (2019), and he has published seven articles in peer reviewed journals, including The International Journal of Middle East Studies, The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, The Muslim World, and Islamic Law and Society. His next book project, entitled In the Shade of the Sunna: The Emergence of Salafi Piety in the 20th Century Middle East, explores the transnational emergence of Salafism as a social movement during the second half of the 20th century, with a particular focus on Salafi networks in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. At Cornell, Dr. Rock-Singer teaches courses that span Islamic history, Islam and Politics, and global religious change.

Courses Taught

  • Modern Islam
  • Global Religious Revival of the 1970's
  • Islam and Politics: Between an Islamic State and Daily Life

Office Hours- Spring 2019

Monday, Wednesday 1:00-2:00pm & by appointment


  • Near Eastern Studies


  • Religious Studies Program


  • Piety
  • Islamic Movements
  • Islam and State Power
  • Media Studies
  • Salafism




Practicing Islam in Egypt: Print Media and Islamic Revival (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming December 2018)

Refereed Journal articles:

  • “Reading the Ads in al-Daʿwa Magazine: Commercialism and Islamist Activism in al-Sadat’s Egypt,” The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (forthcoming, with Steven Brooke)
  • “Censoring the Kishkophone: Religion and State Power in Mubarak’s Egypt,” The International Journal of Middle East Studies, 49:3 (July 2017), 437-56
  • “Scholarly Authority and Lay Mobilization: Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s Vision of Da‘wa, 1976-1984,” The Muslim World 106:3 (July 2016), 588-604
  • “The Salafi Mystique: The Rise of Gender Segregation in 1970s Egypt,” Islamic Law and Society 23:3 (June 2016), 279-305
  • “Prayer and the Islamic Revival: a Timely Challenge,” The International Journal of Middle East Studies, 48:2 (April 2016), 293-312
  • “A Pious Public: Islamic Magazines and Revival in Egypt, 1976-1981,” The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 42:4 (2015), 427-46
  • “Amr Khaled: From Da‘wa to Political and Religious Leadership,” The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 37:1 (2010), 15-37

Edited Volume chapters:

  • “Neo-Liberal Daʿwa: the Egyptian New Preachers (al-Duʿat al-Judud) and the Restructuring of Transnational Religious Preaching and Practice,” in Weissman and Malik (eds.), Daʿwa: Propagating Islam in the Modern World (Under review, Oxford University Press)
  • “An Age of Mass Revival: Islamic Media and Religious Change in 1970s Egypt,” Islam, Islamism and Television (Washington, DC: POMEPS studies, 2016), 14-17