Alyjan Daya is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin who will be graduating this May with a Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies with Departmental Honors, a Bachelor of Science and Arts in Computer Science, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in the Business Honors Program.
Alyjan presented his research at The 1st Princeton Undergraduate Near Eastern Studies Conference on May 9th for his thesis titled The Transformation of Imāmology: Ascension of the Imām in Nizārī Ismā‘īlīsm in which he traces the development of Imāmology in Ismā‘īlī Islam from the 10th to the 13th centuries. Alyjan’s primary research interests include Ismā‘īlī theology, philosophy, and esoteric hermeneutics or ta’wīl. In addition, Alyjan presented at the Liberal Arts Council Undergraduate Research Competition and received 2nd place.
After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, Alyjan will work as a Software Engineer at Homeaway. After one or two years of working, Alyjan plans to apply to PhD programs in Islamic Studies.