Ali Karjoo-Ravary is the Josephine H. Detmer and Zareen Taj Mirza Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Bucknell University. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in Religious Studies and is currently working on his book project, Muhammad’s Song: Politics, Performance, and Cosmology in the 14th Century. Muhammad’s Song uses close study of Arabic, Persian, and Turkic manuscripts from the 14th to 16th centuries to center the performative aspects of Islamic imperial power. It uses the small yet relatively prolific court of Burhan al-Din of Sivas (d. 1398 CE), a scholar-turned-king in eastern Anatolia, and its afterlife as a point of departure into the multilingual and multifaceted material, intellectual, and creative worlds that were the bedrock of later Muslim kingship.

Karjoo-Ravary is also engaged in a collaborative multimedia project titled, “The Lighthouses of God: Mapping Sanctity Across the Indian Ocean,” which investigates the changing religious landscapes of Indian Ocean Islam through photography, film, and GIS.

His other work looks at visual representation and iconography in medieval Sufism, science fiction and religion, and the interplay between architecture, print culture, and changing notions of religion in the broader Muslim world.