Michael H Dann

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Personal profile

Research Interests

Early Islamic history, medieval and modern Islamic thought, sectarianism, Sunnism and Shi’ism, hadith, biographical literature, historical memory, modern Islamic historiography.


Ph.D. Princeton University, 2015
B.A. University of Michigan, 2006

Honors & Awards

Fellow at Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, 2014-15
Fulbright Grant, 2007-8


RLST 214: Introduction to Islam
RLST 223: The Qur’an
RLST 480: Islamic Law

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Research Output

  • 2 Book/Film/Article review
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Other contribution

Review: J. E. Brockopp's Muhammad's Heirs: The Rise of Muslim Scholarly Communities, 622–950

Dann, M., Jun 2019, In : Review of Middle East Studies. 53, 01, p. 163-166

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Between History and Hagiography: The Mothers of the Imams in Imami Historical Memory

Dann, M., Jan 1 2017, Concubines and Courtesans: Women and Slavery in Islamic History. Gordon, M. S. & Hain, K. A. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 244-265 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Contested Boundaries: The Reception of Shi’ite Narrators in the Sunni Hadith Tradition

    Dann, M., 2015, 266 p. Princeton, NJ : Princeton University.

    Research output: Other contribution

  • Activities

    • 9 Invited talk
    • 4 Types of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively

    What are Sunnism and Shi’ism?

    Michael H Dann (Speaker)

    Apr 11 2013

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Methodology in the Study of Contemporary Islamist Thought

    Michael H Dann (Speaker)

    May 8 2014

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Dissimulation (taqiyya) and Abrogation

    Michael H Dann (Speaker)

    Apr 12 2011

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    The People of the Book in the Qur’an

    Michael H Dann (Speaker)

    Aug 14 2012

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk