Fellow in the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History
Sohaib Khan is a scholar of comparative Islamic studies who works at the intersection of Islamic law, anthropology, and comparative studies of South Asia and the Middle East. Trained as an interdisciplinary historian and ethnographer, Sohaib received his Ph.D. (2020) from Columbia University’s Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. Sohaib's scholarship broadly examines interactions between religion, law, and economic life in Muslim societies. Specifically, he investigates hitherto marginalized histories of Indo-Muslim receptions of capitalism through the lens of local Muslim jurists and their indigenous knowledge traditions. Sohaib's interdisciplinary research combines a deep reading of the Islamic textual tradition with anthropological approaches to Islam as a lived religion. To this end, he has conducted extensive archival and ethnographic research across religious seminaries and financial corporations in Pakistan, Jordan, and Oman. This work has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies. Prior to joining the Warren Center, Sohaib was an Islamic Law and Civilization Fellow at Yale Law School and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Williams College.