David S. Powers

Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Adjunct Professor of Law (Spring term)
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 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