Islam and the Humanities

Conference 2015

Sarah Tobin

Associate Director of Middle East Studies, Brown University

Dr. Sarah Tobin is an anthropologist with expertise in Islam, economic anthropology, and gender in the Middle East. Her work explores transformations in religious and economic life, identity construction, and personal piety at the intersections with gender, Islamic authority and normative Islam, public ethics, and Islamic authenticity. Ethnographically, her work focuses on Islamic piety in the economy, especially Islamic Banking and Finance, Ramadan, and in contested fields of consumption such as the hijab, and the Arab Spring. Her latest research project focuses on security and resilience in Syrian Refugee Camps in Jordan. Most recently, Dr. Tobin published “Security and Resilience Among Syrian Refugees in Jordan” inMERIP (co-authored with Dr. Denis Sullivan).