Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies
Brannon Ingram is a specialist in Islamic Studies, with a focus on Sufism and modern South Asia. He received his B.A. from Reed College, his M.A. in Islamic Studies from Leiden University, and his Ph.D. in Religious Studies (2011) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Brannon’s research engages with transnational and translocal flows of people, texts and ideas in the global Muslim South (particularly between South Asia and Southern Africa), and how these flows have upended traditional forms and structures of authority in Islam. His current research examines how the global Deobandi network of Islamic seminaries (madrasas) have shaped debates about Sufism and Islamic ethics, how Deobandi scholars sought to implement their reformist vision of Islam in the colonial Indian public sphere via popular texts written for a lay Muslim audience, and how the Tablighi Jama`at (now the world’s largest Muslim revivalist organization) emerged out of Deoband’s reformist project. Other research interests include the history of Western representations of the ‘mystical’ in Islam, particularly via European engagements with Islam in colonial India. His research has been supported by the Fulbright program, the Social Science Research Council, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.His teaching interests include the introduction to Islam, Sufism, the Qur’an, Islamic Reform and Revivalism, and Islamic South Asia.