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Samuel B. Kigar, Graduate Assistant of Duke Middle East Studies Center and Religious Studies

Samuel B. Kigar

Please note: Samuel has left the "Duke Middle East Studies Center" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.


I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Islamic Studies from southwestern Colorado. In my dissertation, "Islamic Land: Muslim Political Theologies of Territory in Modern Morocco, 1930-1990," I analyze how Moroccan thinkers deployed Islamic legal and political categories to establish, expand, and contest Moroccan territorial sovereignty in the twentieth century. This connects to my broader interest in medieval and modern Muslim theories of the relationship between Muslim communities, non-human nature, and telluric space.

I enjoy public speaking and have routinely given talks to school and community groups on Islam. This sort of outreach and public scholarship have been an important part of my growth as a scholar. I am the 2015-2016 recipient of the Anne Firor Scott Dissertation Fellowship for Public Engagement.

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