David H. Warren

Postdoctoral Research Associate
PhD, University of Manchester
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    David H. Warren is a scholar of contemporary Islam whose research analyses the politics and discourses of the Muslim scholarly-elite (the ulama), with a particular focus on the Arab Spring and its aftermath.

    Warren is currently working on two book projects, the first is titled Islam and Politics in Qatar: Yusuf al-Qaradawi and the Qatari State 1961-2014 (Routledge), and the second is For the Good of the Nation: The Contest Over the Egyptian Revolution Among the Sunni Ulama (Cambridge University Press). His articles have appeared in publications including International Journal of Middle East Studies, Contemporary Islam, and The Maydan.

    Warren has studied and conducted fieldwork in a range of countries across the Arab World from Morocco to Yemen. He received his Arabic training primarily at the University of Damascus, and has also been a student of Islamic jurisprudence in Mauritania. His languages include Arabic, Persian, and Bengali, and he is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

    Warren is also particularly interested in exploring new ways to make higher education more accessible to the wider public. Prior to joining Washington University he was the lead academic behind the free online course “The Sharia and Islamic Law: An Introduction”, which runs every summer in collaboration with the FutureLearn platform.

    Selected Publications 

    "Religion, Politics, and the Anxiety of Contemporary Maslaha Reasoning: The Production of a Fiqh al-Thawra after the 2011 Egyptian Revolution" in S. Siddiqui (ed.), Locating the Sharia: Legal Fluidity in Theory, History and Practice (Leiden: Brill, 2019) 226-248.

    "Makanat Maqasid al-Shari'a fi Zaman al-Taswiyya al-Siyasiyya wa-l-Tahawwul al-Fikri (The Place of the Higher Intentions and Purposes of the Sharia in a Time of Political Compromise and Intellectual Change),” in F. Daw (ed.), al-Din wa-l-Dimuqratiyya fi Uruba wa-l-'Alam al-'Arabi (Beirut: Dar al-Farabi, 2017) 136-151.

    "Cleansing the Nation of the 'Dogs of Hell': 'Ali Jum'a's Nationalist Legal Reasoning in Support of the 2013 Egyptian Coup and its Bloody Aftermath," International Journal of Middle East Studies 49(3) 457-77 (2017).

    "Qatari Support for the Muslim Brotherhood is More Than Just Realpolitik, it has a Long, Personal History," The Maydan, July 2017

    "For the Good of the Nation: The New Horizon of Expectations in Rifa'a al-Tahtawi's Reading of the Islamic Political Tradition," American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 34(4) 30-55 (2017).

    "The Ulama and the Arab Uprisings 2011-13: Considering Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the ‘Global Mufti,’ between the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic Legal Tradition, and Qatari Foreign Policy," New Middle Eastern Studies 4(1) 1-33 (2014).

    "One Nation Under God? Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s Changing Fiqh of Citizenship and the Islamic Legal Tradition," Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life 8(3) 217-37 (2014).

    "Doha - The Center of Reformist Islam? A Study of The Research Center for Islamic Legislation & Ethics (CILE)" in Adis Duderija (ed.) Maqasid al-Sharia and Contemporary Muslim Reformist Thought: An Examination (New York: Palgrave, 2014) 73-100