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Adil Mawani is a scholar of colonial and postcolonial Islam in South Asia, with an emphasis on Urdu and Arabic language materials.

Mawani received a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto, a master's in philosophy from King’s College University of London, and a M.Phil. in philosophy from Birkbeck College University of London. This was followed by a six-month sojourn in Damascus, Syria, to study Arabic and the rich culture of the Middle East. Mawani returned to the University of Toronto where he obtained a master's degree and a Ph.D. from the Department for the Study of Religion.

His research and publications focus on the ways that centuries-old writing traditions of Islam were adapted by Muslim authors for modern, nineteenth-century readerships. Mawani aspires to revisit his master's research on the representation of religion in Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses.

Recent Courses Taught

The Quran: The Scripture of Islam
Everyday Islam

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.A., University of Toronto
M.Phil., Birkbeck College, University of London
M.A., King’s College, University of London
B.A., University of Toronto


Devotion in Colonial Islam: Representations of Mu?ammad in Urdu Sira (1842 – 1914)

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