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Nebil Husayn


Nebil Husayn is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Global Black Studies at the University of Miami. His research explores authoritarianism in the Middle East, debates on the caliphate, and the development of Islamic thought. Husayn also serves as a Senior Research Advisor for Mipsterz, an arts and culture collective curating, enabling, and amplifying artists of marginalized backgrounds through illustration, film, and music. He is the recipient of a Fulbright award and the University of Miami Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities. Husayn obtained his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University and an M.A. in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University. He is the author of Opposing the Imam (Cambridge University Press, 2021), which examines the history of early Muslims who were hostile to Islam’s fourth caliph, Ali, and his descendants. Husayn enjoys teaching a variety of courses and topics. They include the legacy of Malcolm X and the Black Panthers of New York, early Islamic history, gender, Muslim spirituality and geopolitics , atheism, and faith-based claims that invite skepticism.