David S. Powers

Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Adjunct Professor of Law
David Powers
Contact Information
Cornell University
409 White Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-1332
Email: dsp4@cornell.edu

Naira Tahir
Cornell Law School
Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901
Email: nt339@cornell.edu

Professional Biography

David S. Powers is Professor of Islamic Studies at Cornell, a position he has held since 1979. His research focuses on the rise of Islam; and the history of Islamic law and its application in Muslim societies. Powers is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Islamic Law and Society. He is the author of Studies in Qur'an and Hadith: The Formation of the Islamic Law of Inheritance (1986); Law, Society, and Culture in the Maghrib, 1300-1500 (2002); Muhammad is Not the Father of Any of Your Men: The Making of the Last Prophet (2009); and Zayd (2014). He is currently Director of the Medieval Studies Program.


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