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.