Devin J. Stewart

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Devin J. Stewart is a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic language and literature. His research interests include Islamic law, the Qur'an, Islamic schools and branches and varieties of Arabic.[1][2][3][4]


Stewart graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University in 1984 after completing a 143-page long senior thesis titled "Three Wise Men: The Safawi Religious Institution 1576 - 1629."[5] He completed the Center for Arabic Study Abroad's program at the American University in Cairo, and then earned his PhD with distinction in Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Pennsylvania six years later.[1][6]


Stewart has taught Arabic studies, Islamic studies and Middle Eastern studies at the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies at Emory University for the past two decades. He also serves on the editorial board for the Library of Arabic Literature.[1][7] He has also functioned as a guest lecturer on university courses in Jewish studies.[8]

Much of Stewart's work has focused on the reconstruction of early Muslim legal theory based on ancient texts. He has also called attention to infrequently studied genres of Arabic literature such as Maqama.[9]



  • "Ibn Zaydún," a biography of Ibn Zaydún, taken from Al-Andalus, pgs. 306-317. Eds. María Rosa Menocal, Raymond P. Scheindlin and Michael Sells. Digital edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.[10]
  • Impoliteness Formulae: The Cognate Curse in Egyptian Arabic. Journal of Semitic Studies, 1997. Vol. 42, pgs. 327-360.[6]
  • Stewart, Devin (2007). "The Structure of the Fihrist: Ibn al-Nadim as Historian of Islamic Legal and Theological Schools". International Journal of Middle East Studies. 39 (3): 369–387. doi:10.1017/S0020743807070511. JSTOR 30069526. S2CID 161910065.


Conference and lectures[edit]

Edited works[edit]

  • Texts and Studies on the Qurʾān, with Gerhard Böwering and Bilal Orfali. Leiden: Brill Publishers.[15] ISSN 1567-2808

Research projects[edit]

  • The Terminal Marital Contract in Islamic Law and Practice, in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory, 2001.[16]


  1. ^ a b c People - Editors. Library of Arabic Literature, 2013.
  2. ^ Devin J. Stewart Archived 2010-06-12 at the Wayback Machine at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion.
  3. ^ Devin J. Stewart (Emory University) at the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences official site.
  4. ^ Devin Stewart at the Institute of Ismaili Studies.
  5. ^ Stewart, Devin J. (1984). "Three Wise Men: The Safawi Religious Institution 1576 - 1629". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ a b c Devin Stewart at the Emory College of Arts and Sciences. Accessed February 20, 2013.
  7. ^ Library of Arabic Literature Archived 2013-01-13 at the Wayback Machine at NYU Press. Accessed February 20, 2013.
  8. ^ Syllabus for "The Sephardi Experience 1492-present," delivered by Dr. Shifra Epstein. Taken from the Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Review, vol. 15, #2, pg. 162. 1993. Issued by the American Folklore Society in conjunction with the Judaic and Near Eastern studies program at Oberlin College.
  9. ^ Arabic Literary Thresholds: Sites of Rhetorical Turn in Contemporary Scholarship, Introduction, pg. 14. Ed. Muḥsin Jāsim Mūsawī. Leiden: Brill Publishers, 2009. ISBN 9789004176898
  10. ^ Menocal, María Rosa; Scheindlin, Raymond P.; Sells, Michael (2 November 2006). Ibn Zaydún. ISBN 9780521030236. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  11. ^ WORKSHOP ON EVIDENCE FOR THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE QUR’AN, July 30 – 31, 2009, at the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies official site.
  12. ^ Lecture by Dr. Devin Stewart[permanent dead link] at Accessed February 20, 2013.
  13. ^ The Mellon Islamic Studies Initiative: Qur'anic Studies Today. Official site of the University of Chicago's Divinity School.
  14. ^ Sex, Marriage, and Family & the Religions of the Book: Modern Problems, Enduring Solutions Archived 2013-05-16 at the Wayback Machine, March 27, 2003 to March 29, 2003.
  15. ^ Text Studies on the Qur'an at Brill Online.
  16. ^ Emory Center For Interdisciplinary Study of Religion Launches Two-Year Project On Sex, Marriage and Family at the Emory University Office of Media Relations. September 21, 2001.

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