Bard Faculty

Tehseen Thaver

Assistant Professor of Religion

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Middle Eastern Studies, Religion

Area of Specialization: Qur’anic hermeneutics


B.B.A., McGill University; M.A., University of Virginia; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Has previously taught at Lehigh University, where she served as Andrew W. Mellon Research Scholar, and at UNC–Chapel Hill. Numerous fellowships and awards for research projects and study in Iran and Turkey. Publications include the monograph Ambiguity, Hermeneutics, and the Formation of Religious Identity in Early Islam (in process); Listen: Conversations with CemalNur Sargut (ed.) (forthcoming, Fons Vitae, 2015); and “Twelver Shi’i Exegesis,” in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Islamic Studies (2012). Fluent in Arabic, Persian and Urdu, she is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Middle East Studies Association, and American Oriental Society. At Bard since 2014.


  • Research Interests: Religion and culture in Iran, Qur’an, Islam across cultures, Sufism, medieval and modern Muslim literature


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