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Raashid Goyal

4th Year PhD Student

Raashid Goyal

Educational Background

  • BA with high distinction, 2011, University of Michigan-Dearborn, History, minor in Linguistics

Overview

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University, where I am writing my dissertation on “The Construction of Islamic Law: Compositional Analyses of Legal Traditions.” The study interrogates the compositional development of what I propose are exceptionally early and influential traditions related to three topics in Islamic law: the terms of capitulation offered to subjugated peoples, the obligation of male circumcision, and the penalty for adultery.

My scholarship broadly focuses on the development of law, dogma, and political thought in the formative period of Islam and the elaboration and promulgation of the hadith paradigm. Before coming to Cornell, I lived and studied for several years, both preceding and following my undergraduate studies, in Morocco, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, and received ijazat in a number of classical Islamic texts. This year, I look forward to continuing research on manuscripts of hadith dictations (amali, majalis) in Jerusalem as a fellow at the W.F. Albright Institute. I am also excited to be offering a course on “The Emergence and Articulation of Islam,” a first-year writing seminar that explores the origins of Islam and the diverse religious heritage of ancient Arabia.

Committee Members

David Powers (Chair), Ross Brann, Munther Younes, Pavel Pavlovitch

Departments/Programs

  • Near Eastern Studies

Research

  • Hadith and Islamic Law
  • Early Islamic Dogma and Political Thought
  • Judeo-Islamic Interactions
  • Classical Arabic Literature
  • Religion and Society in Ancient and Late Antique Arabia
  • Textual Transmission, Isnad-cum-matn analysis (ICMA)

Courses

Spring 2020

Publications

“The Gestation of Arabic Biography: Lives of the Traditionists,” in The Oxford Handbook of Hadith Studies. Edited by Mustafa Shah. Oxford University Press [Forthcoming].

“al-Ṭabarānī.” In The I.B. Tauris Biographical Dictionary of Islamic Civilization, edited by Muhammad A.S. Abdel Haleem and Mustafa Shah. London: I.B. Tauris [Forthcoming].

“al-Qifṭī.” In The I.B. Tauris Biographical Dictionary of Islamic Civilization, edited by Muhammad A.S. Abdel Haleem and Mustafa Shah. London: I.B. Tauris [Forthcoming].

Presentations

“The Qur’ānic Aʿrāb: A Reassessment,” presented at the Third Biennial International Conference of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (University of New England, Tangier, Morocco), Jul 26, 2019.

“Reflections on the Prohibition of Music and Song in Islam,” presented for the Cornell University and TST BOCES lecture series, “Listening to the Middle East” (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY), Apr 2, 2019.

 “The Critic, the Convert, and the Concealment of the Torah: A Compositional Analysis of the ‘Stoning of the Jews’ Tradition,” presented at the 229th Meeting of the American Oriental Society (Chicago, IL), Mar 16, 2019.

“Meaningful Textual Features (MTFs) and a Layered Approach to ICMA: The ‘Stoning of the Jews’ Tradition as a Case Study,” presented for the seminar, “Approaches to Isnād-cum-matn Analysis (ICMA),” directed by Professor Pavel Pavlovitch (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY), Aug 14, 2018.

 “Conversion and Subjecthood before the Jizya: New Light from a Qur’anic-era Tradition,” presented for the panel, “Community, Identity, and the Codification of Islamic Law,” Fifth Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies (Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK), Apr 11, 2018.

“The Arghal Tradition: A Primitive Ruling Concerning Male Circumcision Evincing a Shared Judaic and Islamic Context,” presented at the Second IDEO Conference in Cairo: The Emergence of Ḥadīṯ as the Authority of Knowledge (Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies, Cairo, Egypt), Jan 12, 2018.

“Muslim and Islam-Affiliated Denominations in the United States,” presented for the TST BOCES K-12 teacher training series, “America and the Middle East” (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY), Oct 24, 2017.

“Two Policies of Non-Aggression in the Umayyad Period: Abū Bilāl Mirdās b. Udayya, al-Ḥasan al-Baṣrī, and the Beginnings of Basran Quietism,” presented for the panel, “Reconsidering Kharijism in Early Islamic History,” 33rd Deutscher Orientalistentag (Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, Germany), Sep 27, 2017.

“The Arghal Tradition: Exclusionary Praxis in a Shared Judaic and Islamic Context,” presented at the Symposium organized by students of Syriac and Armenian at HMML (St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN), Aug 4, 2017.

“Rebel’s Advocate: How Abū ʿUbayda Maʿmar b. al-Muthannā Came to be Labelled a Kharijite,” presented for the panel, “Reassessing Textual Transmission in the Early Islamic Period,” 21st Anniversary NMCGSA Symposium (University of Toronto, Canada), Mar 9, 2017.

Panels Organized

“Community, Identity, and the Codification of Islamic Law,” Fifth Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies, (Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK), Apr 11, 2018 (with Antonia Bosanquet).