NATHAN STEPHAN FRENCH CURRICULUM VITAE
OCTOBER 2012





EDUCATION

May 2012 Doctoral Candidate (Ph.D. expected June 2013) University of California, Santa Barbara Department of Religious Studies
Academic Fields: Islamic Law (Sharīʿa, uṣūl al-fiqh); Islamic Theology and Arabic Philosophy; Contemporary Islamic and Arab Intellectual History and Development; Philosophy of Religion (subjectivity, secularization hypotheses, questions of technology, the environment, and hermeneutics)

Dissertation: And God Knows the Martyrs: Authority and Ascetical Autocide in
Jihādī-Sala Jurisprudence”

Doctoral Committee: Ahmad A. Ahmad, Juan E. Campo, Thomas A. Carlson, Racha
El Omari


May 2008 A.M. in Islamic Studies
Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
P
rogram in Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Studies
Theses Presented for Oral Examination:

Confronting the Modern Contextualization of Taqi al-Din ibn Taymiyya: An Approach from an Historical Context,” Topics: Medieval Islamic Theology, jihad, the Crusades

Abrogating History and Tradition: The Concepts and Implications of Naskh within Text, Discourse, and History,” Topics: Development and Codification of Islamic Law, Development of Qur’anic jurisprudence, Development of Islamic Theology

Islam, Islamist, Islamism: A Consideration of Islamism(s) and Sayyid Qutbs Milestones as a Discourse in (Post)modernity, Modern Islamic social and political thought, postmodern critique and its applications to modern
Islamic intellectuals, linguistics

Advisor: Ahmet T. Karamustafa


May 2006 B.A. in Religion, with History minor, cum laude
Centre College, Danville, Kentucky
Department of Religion
Theses Presented for Graduation:

Senior Thesis: Dismantling the Oriental: A Conversation with Jihad Past and Present

John C. Young Thesis: A Look inside Terror: The Evolution and Application of al-Qaedas Jihad”

2008 Chair of Parking and Transportation Committee, Graduate Student Senate, Washington University in St. Louis


TEACHING AREAS


Beginner and Intermediate Arabic (1st and 2nd Year)
Introduction to Theories for Religious Studies
On Islamic Traditions: An Introduction to Islām
Global Religions
Introduction to Western Monotheisms
Introduction to Sharīʿa and Fiqh (Introduction to Islamic Law)”
Jihād: Theory, Practice, History
Jihād and Just War: From Revelation to the War on Terror’”
Islām and Women: Women in Islamic Traditions
“Sources for Islamic Law: Advanced Readings in the Qurʾān, Sunna, and Juridical
Literature”
A Militant Ism? The Histories of amās, Hizbullāh, and al-Qāʾida
Thinking Islamic Reform from Cromer to the Arab Spring
Malcolm X, Muammad ʿAlī, and Mos Def: On the American Muslim Experience”
“Subjectivity and Secularity: Modernity and its Discontents
A Disenchanted Modern: Science, Technology, and the Humanities in Daily
Life”


LANGUAGES

Modern Standard ArabicFluent Reading, Writing, Speaking
Classical Arabic—Excellent Reading
Egyptian, Jordanian, Palestinian Colloquial ArabicExcellent Speaking
French—Reading Knowledge, Functional speaking
Germ
anReading Knowledge
SpanishReading Knowledge, Functional Speaking
Biblical Hebrew—Reading knowledge, with dictionary
Latin—Reading knowledge, with dictionary



PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Academy of Religion
Middle East Studies Association


REFERENCES


Ahmad A. Ahmad Ahmet Karamustafa Thomas A. Carlson
Stefania Tutino (Teaching Reference) Magda Campo (Teaching Reference)

2011 June-July Summer Session, Islamic Traditions

2011 Winter Quarter, Islamic Traditions

2010 Summer Session, Arabic I, II, III (Introductory Intensive)

Teaching Assistant

2012 Spring Quarter, Introduction to the Study of Religion,”

2012 Winter Quarter, Religion and Western Civilization II”

2011 Fall Quarter, Islām and the West”

2011 Spring Quarter, Arabic III

2010 Fall Quarter, Arabic I

2010 Spring Quarter, Arabic III

2010 Winter Quarter, Arabic II

2009 Fall Quarter, Arabic I

2008 Fall Quarter, Arabic IWashington University in St. Louis Teaching Assistant
2008 Spring Semester, Israeli Politics

2007 Fall Semester, Introduction to Israel Studies

2007 Spring Semester, Miracles, Marvels, and Magic

2006 Fall Semester, “The Hindu Traditions


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Research Assistant

2008 May-August 2008, assistant to Ahmet Karamustafa on project related to dīn and
millah within all eras of Islamic history, literature, and theological development

2008 May-August 2008, visual resources assistant to Betha Whitlow, Visual Resources
Curator, Department of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University
in St. Louis

2008 May-August 2008, library assistant to Jaleh Fazelian, Islamic Studies Librarian, Olin Library, Washington University in St. Louis


UNIVERSITY SERVICES

2008 Member, Graduate Council, Washington University in St. Louis
2012 February 18, Panel, Fiqh, Greater Fiqh, and Meta-Fiqh, Locating the Sharīʿa: Creating New Sources for Knowledge and Inquiry, Second-Annual UCSB Islamic Studies Graduate Student Conference, University of California, Santa Barbara

Respondent

2011 April 9-10, Respondent, Medieval Studies, UCSB Islamic Studies Conference,
University of California, Santa Barbara

Panelist

2011 November, The I’ of the Decider: The Role of Intention (niyya) and the Shaping of Subjectivity in Classical and Contemporary Martyrdom Discussions, Main Panel, Study of Islam Section, National American Academy of Religion Conference, San Francisco, California

2011 March, “A Thoughtful Gift: Mutating Muftis within Digital Landscapes of a Transnational Salafi Community, Islamic Studies Section, Western Commission for the Study of Religion (WECSOR), Whittier College, Whittier, California

2011 January, From TA to Instructor,” Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Program, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, California

2010 November, For the Benefit of Suicide? A Discussion of Martyrdom Operations within Contemporary Fatwa Literature in the Digital Domain, Law, Theology, and Politics Panel, Study of Islam Section, National American Academy of Religion Conference, Atlanta, Georgia

2008 March, The Veiled Warrior: Photographic Self-Stylization of Taliban Fighters as
a Criticism of Western Cultural Hegemonies, Health and Body Image
Conference, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

2007 September, Islam, Islamist, Islamism: The Placement of Sayyid Qutbs Milestones in (Post) Modernity,” Middle East and Central Asia (MECA) Conference in University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

2006 May, A Look Inside Terror: The Evolution and Application of Al-Qaedas Jihad
John C. Young Scholars Symposium, Centre College, Kentucky

2006 March, The Religion of al-Qaeda’s Jihad: A Synthetic Approach, Southeastern
Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, Georgia, 2006


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)

2012 Adjunct Instructor, Spring Semester, Global Religions

2012 Member, Oversight Committee of student Kjrstin Berg for Festival of Scholars
Project, “Agency and Piety in Muslim Communities

University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbar, Calif.) Teaching Associate (Instructor of Record)
2013 Winter Quarter, Jihād and Just War
2006 Best Undergraduate Paper, Southeast Region of the American Academy of
Religion

2005 John C. Young Scholar, Centre College


GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2008 Regent’s Fellowship, University of California Regents, University of California,
Santa Barbara. Five year fellowship with stipend and teaching assistantships

2007 Tuition Grant and Teaching Assistantships, Washington University in St. Louis

2006 Tuition Grant and Teaching Assistantships, Washington University in St. Louis


INVITED TALKS

2012 September, Invited Lecture, University of California, Santa Barbara, Gervitz
School of Education, Introducing Islām: Building a Classroom Convivencia

2011 November, Guest Lecture (via Skype), University of Tennessee, Knoxville,
Historical and Contemporary Expressions of Jihād

2010 June, Panel Discussant, Critical Language Scholarship Alumni Panel, at the invitation of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC), Washington, D.C., June 2010


2009 October, Department of Religious Studies Colloquium Lecture, For the Benefit of Suicide: Martyrdom Operations and a Preliminary Discussion of Contemporary Fatwa Literature in the Digital Domain,” University of California, Santa Barbara

2009 February, Public Lecture at the invitation of the Muslim Student Association, An Islamic Resistance Movement? A (De)constructive Discussion of Religious Violence,” University of California, Santa Barbara


CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

Co-Organizer

2012 February 17-19, Locating the Sharīʿa: Creating New Sources for Knowledge and
Inquiry, Second-Annual UCSB Islamic Studies Graduate Student Conference,”

Keynote Speakers: Khaled Abou El Fadl (Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles), Sherman A. Jackson (King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture, University of Southern California), Ahmad A. Ahmad (Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Southern California)

Guest Speakers: Jonathan A. Brown (Georgetown University), Ovamir Anjum
(University of Toledo), Aron Zysow (Princeton University)

Presider

Minor: History


Advisor: W. David Hall


PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS AND EMPLOYMENT

SPRING 2012 California Lutheran University
Department of Religion
Adjunct Instructor, Semester Appointment
Course: “Global Religions


PUBLICATIONS

Books

2013 Locating the Sharīʿa, co-edited with Sohaira Siddiqui, Palgrave Macmillan, submitted and under review

Journal Articles

2013 Intentional Denial: Ascetical Martyrdom in Jidī-Salafī Jurisprudence, Journal of Religion and Violence, manuscript in preparation

2013 For the Benefit of Suicide: Tracing Malaḥa and Maqāṣid al-Sharīʿa in Jidī- Salafī Thought,” manuscript in preparation

Book Chapters

2013 Introduction, Locating the Sharīʿa, co-authored with Sohaira Siddiqui, Palgrave
Macmillan, submitted and under review

Encyclopedia
Articles

2011 s.v. Islamic Modernism, “Fatwa, “Jihad, in Encyclopedia of Global Religions, ed.
Mark Juergensmeyer and Wade Clark Roof, (Thousand Oaks, California: Sage
Publications, 2011)

Other

2006 A Look inside Terror: The Evolution and Application of Al-Qaeda’s Jihad,”
published proceedings of the John C. Young Scholars Symposium, Centre College


AWARDS AND HONORS

2011 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Academic Senate, University of
California, Santa Barbara

2010 Professor Charles Wendell Memorial Award for academic achievement in the fields of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Religious Studies

2009 Critical Language Scholarship, US Department of State