Public Scholarship

“Do-For-Self: The Visual Culture of the Nation of Islam”

“Islamic Art is Pivotal for Understanding the Richness of the Muslim World: What the Debacle at Hamline University Teaches us about Academic Freedom and Why Knowledge Still Matters”

“Islamic Paintings of the Prophet Muhammad are an important piece of history– here’s why art historians teach them”

“An Academic is Fired Over a Medieval Painting of the Prophet Muhammad”

“Muslims in the Metaverse: New virtual products like ‘Kaaba glasses’ are raising thorny questions about so-called ‘metaworship'”

“The Arts of Protection and Healing in Islam,” “Essay 1: Amulets and the Body,” Ajam (April 30, 2021); “Essay 2: Water Infused with Blessing” (6 May, 2021); and “Essay 3: Talismanic Shirts as Premodern PPE” (10 May, 2021).

What the mythical figure of Şahmeran in Turkey represents and why activists use it

Hagia Sophia has been converted back into a mosque, but the veiling of its figural icons is not a Muslim tradition

‘We can’t breathe’—how George Floyd’s killing is shaping Middle Eastern protest

Long before face masks, Islamic healers tried to ward off disease with their version of PPE

The collectors who cut up a masterpiece: The sordid practice of disassembling Islamic manuscripts has flourished for over a century. As rare folios go on the market, the art world needs to get ethical

What Would a Muslim Want with a Portrait of Christ?

Trump Is Wrong: ISIS Can’t Be Beaten by Torture. ISIS was born out of Americans fightingfire with fire at Abu Ghraib

Iranian Artist Brings Eerie Dreamscapes to the U.S.

Fighting ISIS with a Pen: An Interview with the Jordanian Cartoonist Jehad Awartani

Ignored and Unreported, Muslim Cartoonists Are Poking Fun at ISIS. Muhammad Cartoon Contests Ignore the Many Satirical Voices of Muslim Artists

Les images de Mahomet dans l’islam

Reclaiming the Prophet Muhammad in Iran

How the ‘Ban’ on Images of Muhammad Came to Be

The Koran Does Not Forbid Images of the Prophet

The Visual Emergence of the Occupy Gezi Movement