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Samuel Stafford

PhD 2019


  • University of North Carolina, Chapel HIll, NC: B.A. Asian Studies - Arabic, May 2007
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA: M.A. Scripture, Interpretation and Practice (Islamic Studies), May 2012
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA: Ph.D. Islamic Studies, to be completed May 2016


The Myth and Image of Muḥammad’s Jewish Companion: the Reception of ʿAbd Allāh ibn Salām (d. 43H/633-4) in the Classical Islamic Tradition

Research Interests

  • Qurʾānic Studies; Qurʾān commentary (tafsīr) from 2nd/8th - 10th/16th centuries
  • Classical Arabic biographical literature
  • Representations of Jews, Judaism, and the Jewish scripture in classical Islamic literature, including: Qurʾān commentaries (tafsīr), ḥadīth, biographical literature, sīra works, and historiographical works