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Elias G. Saba
Elias G. Saba received his PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. He was awarded the British Association of Islamic Studies – De Gruyter Prize in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World 2018 for his dissertation. His first monograph, Harmonizing Similarities: A History of Distinctions Literature in Islamic Law (De Gruyter, 2019) is a study of the legal distinctions literature in Islamic law and its role in the development of the Islamic legal heritage. His research focuses on the classical Islamic heritage, its interpretations, and epistemological problems in the study of pre-modern Islam. He teaches course on religion in the Middle East and the history of Islam.
Education and Degrees
Ph. D. University of Pennsylvania, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
A. M. University of Pennsylvania, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
A. B. Cornell University, Near Eastern Studies
Elias G. Saba, Harmonizing Similarities: A History of Distinctions Literature in Islamic Law. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019.
Thomas Levi Thompson, Emily Drumsta, and Elias G. Saba, “Translating Tahrir: From Praxis to Theory with Tahrir Documents” in Routledge Handbook of Arabic Translation, edited by Sameh F. Hanna, Hanem El-Farahaty and Abdel Wahab Khalifa. New York: Routledge, 2019.
Elias G. Saba (trans.), "The Book of Claims for Buildings, Roads, and Waterways (selections)" by ʿUmar ibn ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz al-Ṣadr al-Shahīd in Art in Translation 11.3: 265–85.
Elias G. Saba and Thomas Levi Thompson (trans.), “Al-Azhar Draft Constitution of 1979,” in Constitutionalism, Human Rights, and Islam after the Arab Spring. Edited by Rainer Grote and Tilmann J. Röder, 113–119. Oxford: Oxford University Press.