Mohammad Talib (University of Oxford)

Professor Muhammad Talib MA, PhD (Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi)

Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Fellow
Wolfson College
Islamic Centre Lecturer in Anthropology, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford

Dr Mohammad Talib taught Sociology at Jamia Millia Islamia university (Delhi), from 1979 to 2001. In 2002, he came to Oxford as the Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz fellow in the Anthropology of Muslim Societies at the Oxford Centre for Islamic studies. He is also Islamic Centre lecturer at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford.

His research in the anthropology of Islam focuses on Sufi groups, and madrassahs. His current research work: Madrassahs in the Recent History: An Alternative view between Anthropology and International Relations is a critical examination of the state of social science scholarship on Islam in the contemporary world after 9/11.

Recent Publications (2008-2011)

Monograph: Writing Labour: Stone Quarry Workers in Delhi (2010), Delhi, Oxford University Press.

‘Modes of Overcoming Social Exclusion through Education: Analysis of two Accounts from Pre-and Post Independent India’ in K N Panikkar and M Bhaskaran Nair (eds.) Emerging Trends in Higher Education in India: Concepts and Practices (New Delhi: Pearson Education India, 2011).

‘Predicaments of Serving Two Masters: Anthropologists between the Discipline and Sponsored Research’ in Raúl Acosta et. al (eds.) Making Sense of the Global: Anthropological Perspectives on Interconnections and Processes. (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010).

‘Sufis and Politics’ in The Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Modern Islamic World, John Esposito (ed). Oxford University Press, New York (2008).

Book Reviews (for Anthropology of Muslim Societies)

Islam and Education: Conflict and Conformity in Pakistan's Madrassahs
By Saleem H. Ali, Journal of Islamic Studies (2011); doi: 10.1093/jis/etr008

Guardians of Faith in Modern Times: ʿUlamaʾ in the Middle East
Edited by Meir Hatina, Journal of Islamic Studies (2011) 22 (2): forthcoming

Annals of the Caliphs’ Kitchens: Ibn Sayyār al-Warrāq’s Tenth-Century Baghdadi Cookbook (English Translation with Introduction and Glossary)
By Nawal Nasrallah, Journal of Islamic Studies (2010) 21 (2): 297-300

Frontier of Faith: Islam in the Indo-Afghan Borderland
By Sana Haroon, Journal of Islamic Studies (2010) 21(1): 153-156