Profile

Sohaib is a doctoral candidate in the department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) and the Institute of Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS). His research lies at the intersection of Islamic legal ethics, critical theory and the anthropology of finance.

Currently he is engaged in a year-long ethnography of Muslim jurists straddling the domains of madrasas and Islamic banks in Pakistan. Sohaib’s dissertation research, supported by the Wenner-Gren foundation and the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL), seeks to understand how religious piety and ordinary ethics are shaped in cultural milieus—both virtual and institutional—penetrated by finance. More specifically, he is interested in the mimetic practices of Muslim jurists and financial engineers that authorize “Shari‘a Compliant” alternatives to debt-based finance. Prior to joining Columbia, Sohaib completed an M.A. in Religion from Duke University and a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Sohaib is also a student of Islamic legal theory (usul al-fiqh) and has studied under scholars of the Hanafite legal tradition in Pakistan and Jordan.