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Caleb Elfenbein

Elfenbein Caleb
Assistant Professor

Caleb Elfenbein graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in political science, making his way to Harvard Divinity School for a Masters in Theological Studies, then to the University of California, Santa Barbara, for a Ph.D. in religious studies.  His research explores nineteenth and twentieth century colonial history in the Middle East and the reconfiguration of Islamic traditions during this same time.  Caleb's teaching and scholarly interests include modern Islam, gender in Islam, secularism, religion and modernity, colonial and postcolonial studies, religion and government, and modern intellectual history.

Caleb enjoys working in the yard, cooking, and spending time with his daughter, Kiran. These days, when he is not working or spending time with his family, you can find him engaging in some kind of fitness related activity. #Fitness!

Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-4352


(641) 269-4414

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On-Campus Address: 

201 Steiner Hall
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Office Hours: 

Fall 2014: Monday, 10-1030; Tuesday 2:15-3; Wednesday, 1030-1130; Thursday, 11-12.

Education / Degrees: 

PhD, Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara (2009);
MTS, Harvard Divinity School (2001);
BA, Political Science, Vassar College (1998)

Courses Taught: 

Studying Religion: the Middle East
Islamic Traditions;
Islam and Modernity;
Islam and Gender;
History of the Modern Middle East;
Sacred and Secular History in the Modern Middle East;
The Orient and the Occident

Primary Academic Interest: 

Islam; Islam and modernity; colonial history in the modern Middle East; comparative intellectual and colonial history

Academic Interests: 

Islam and gender

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