Jeremy Dell

Modern Intellectual History (MIH) Postdoctoral Fellow

Jeremy Dell is a scholar of African history and the Modern Intellectual History (MIH) Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College. His research focuses on West Africa's Muslim intellectual traditions, with interests in the intersecting histories of Sufism, Islamic law and the global history of the book. His current book project, Saving Tradition: Archiving Islam in the Western Sahel, explores the history of collecting and preserving Arabic manuscripts amidst social and political upheaval in the West African countries of Senegal and Mali. Drawing on this research, his article “Unbraiding the Qur’an: Wolofal and the Tafsīr Tradition of Senegambia,” appeared in the journal Islamic Africa in 2018. It is the first study of the first known commentary on the Qur'an written entirely in Wolof using a modified Arabic script (an orthographic practice known as ‘Wolofal’).

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Education

  • B.A., Columbia University
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania