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Garrett Davidson

Assistant Professor

Address: Bell South 200C
Phone: 843-953-8216
E-mail: davidsonga@cofc.edu
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Garrett is assistant professor of Arabic and Muslim World studies at the College of Charleston. He received his PhD with honors from the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in 2014. His current book project examines ways in which the idiom of the oral chain of transmission is used in the construction of piety and authority in the Sunni the scholarly tradition. Garrett lived in Cairo for several years where he completed a MA in Arabic studies at the American University in Cairo. He has also lived, studied and conducted research in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Malaysia, and India. Garrett’s research interests include issues related to constructs of religious and scholarly authority in the Islamic tradition, hadith, the Arabic manuscript tradition, Islamic reform movements of the twentieth century and Islamic mysticism in the Early Modern and Modern periods.