David S. Powers Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Adjunct Professor of Law (Spring term)
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Contact Information

Cornell University
421 White Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-6275
Fax: (607) 255-7193
Email: dsp4@cornell.edu

Professional Biography

David S. Powers is a Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell, a position he has held since 1979. His courses deal with Islamic civilization, Islamic history and law, and classical Arabic texts. His research focuses on the emergence of Islam and Islamic legal history.

He is the founding editor of the Journal of Islamic Law and Society.


B.A. 1973, Yale University
Ph.D. 1979, Princeton University