Faculty News

Professor Joseph Massad

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December 2015

Professor Joseph Massad's latest book, Islam in Liberalism, was selected as one of the top 10 best academic books of 2015 by Flavorwire.com.

Prof. Samuel Sudanandha

November 2015

Following his earlier exegesis of the Tamil classic Maduraik Kanchi, Prof. Samuel Sudanandha has now come out with an excellent work of the same kind on another long poem of the Sangam corpus, Mullaip Pattu. While the earlier poem is the longest of the ten poems known as Pattuppattu, this one is the shortest. Running to a hundred and three lines, this poem is rated among the most refined poetic works in Tamil. Authored by Napputanar, it talks about the pangs of separation of a heroine, who is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her beloved who is engaged in warfare. Sudanandha's exegesis is as usual aimed at the student and the common reader, and an appreciation of the original text. However, in an introduction that explicates the poem, he guides the reader into understanding the poetic structure of the work and, in particular, its place in the overall tinai framework that forms the basis of the Sangam classics.

Professor Wael Hallaq's The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity’s Moral Predicament wins Columbia University Press Distinguished Book Award

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September 2015

Wael Hallaq’s The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity’s Moral Predicament wins the first annual Columbia University Press Distinguished Book Award, sponsored by the Press itself and the Office of the Provost. “The Columbia University Press Distinguished Book Award is given to the Columbia University faculty member with a book published by the Press in the two years prior that brings the highest distinction to Columbia University and Columbia University Press for its outstanding contribution to academic and public discourse.”

Professor Hamid Dabashi's Persophilia and Can Non-Europeans Think? are published

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September 2015

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Professor Samuel Sudanandha's exegesis of the poem Maduraik Kanchi, authored by Mankudi Maruthanar, is published

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March 2015

Maduraik Kanchi, authored by Mankudi Maruthanar, is one of the ten long poems known as Pattuppattu in the Sangam corpus of early Tamil literature. Prof. Samuel Sudanandha's exegesis of the poem, the first of its kind, is meant for the students and common readers, particularly aiming at a direct exposure to the original text rather than the medieval scholarly commentatorial traditions and their modern versions. Sudanandha's work also includes an introduction that guides the reader in understanding the poem and an appendix that essays the relationship between Tamil education and colonial modernity.

Professor Joseph Massad's Islam in Liberalism is published by the University of Chicago Press

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March 2015

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