Nassima Neggaz


Early Career Fellow and Lecturer in Islamic History

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / St Antony's College


Research Interests:

Islamic History and Historiography (13th to 16th century)

Identity Construction and Historical Narratives

Heresy and Orthodoxy (Mongol, Mamluk periods)

Sunni-Shi'i Relations in the Medieval Period, Sectarianism in the Modern Period

Contemporary Iraq and Syria

Islamic Movements of the Early, Middle, and Modern Periods

Islamic Law

Current Projects:

Book on the Historiography of the Fall of Baghdad in 1258; article on Ijma' as a theoretical and practical concept (accepted for publication)

Courses Taught:

Islamic History, 570-1500 (lecture, 1st year, 3rd year and M.Phil)

Topics in Islamic History, 570-1500 (graduate seminar)

Arabic Historical Texts, 570-1500 (undergraduate Arabic seminar)

Recent Publications:

“Maliki’s Legacy and the Intricate Crisis of the Iraqi Political System,” Insight, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore, September 10, 2014:

“A Sunni-Shia Bridge Too Far,” with Ali A. Allawi, in Project Syndicate, May 5, 2014:

“Syria’s Arab Spring: Language Enrichment in the Midst of Revolution,” in Language, Discourse, and Society, pp. 11-31, Vol. 2, Number 2, July 2013 (received the Academic Excellence Award by the International Sociological Association, July 2014). Peer-reviewed. 

“‘Usman dan Fodio,” “Mu‘tazilis,” “The Muslim League,” “Al-Qaeda,” “Saladin,” “Gamal Abdel Nasser,” in the Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought ed. Gerhard Bowering (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2012). Peer-reviewed.

Photograph of Nassima Neggaz