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First Name
Last Name
Morgenstein Fuerst
University of Vermont
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Islam, history of religion, South Asia, race and racialization, British imperialism, colonialism, postcolonialism, 1857 Rebellion, religion, and modernity
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About Me

Ilyse R. Morgenstein Fuerst is assistant professor of religion and current director of the Middle East Studies program at the University of Vermont. She earned her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in religious studies, with a specialization in Islamic studies, in 2012; a Master’s of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School in 2007; and a BA from Colgate University in Religion and Asian Studies in 2005. Morgenstein Fuerst is an historian of religion whose research centers on Islam and Muslims in South Asia; theories of religion, race, and language; and imperialism. Her first book, Indian Muslim Minorities and the 1857 Rebellion: Religion, Rebels, and Jihad was published by I.B. Tauris in October 2017. Morgenstein Fuerst is also the author of numerous articles about Islam, Islamic studies, and religion in South Asia. At UVM, she teaches courses about theory, history, and method in the study of religion, Islamic practice and history, race and religion, and South Asian religions and religious history.

Recent Publications

Indian Muslim Minorities and the 1857 Rebellion: Religion, Rebels and Jihad (London and New York: I. B.

Tauris, 2017)

Reviewed: Reading Religion (2018, S. Griswold); The Maydan (2018, A. Amstutz); American

Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (2018; M. Ali)


Co-Edited Refereed Journal Volume

Shifting Boundaries: The Study of Islam in the Humanities, special edition of Muslim World, Volume

106, Number 4 (October 2016). Co-edited with Zahra M. S. Ayubi.


Refereed Journal Articles

“Locating Religion in South Asia: Islamicate Definitions and Categories,”Comparative Islamic Studies,

Volume 10, no. 2 (2017): 217-241.

“Shifting Boundaries: the Study of Islam in the Humanities,” Muslim World, Volume 106,

Number 4 (October 2016): 643-654.Co-authored with Zahra M. S. Ayubi.

“A Muslim Bhagavadgita: ‘Abd al-Rahman’s Interpretive Translation and its Implications.” Journal of South Asian Religious History.Vol 1 (2015): 1-29.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Asia, India
Expertise by Chronology
5, 6, 7
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Local & Regional, Politics, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Religion