Dr. Khalil Andani’s doctoral dissertation completed at Harvard University, entitled Revelation in Islam: Qur’ānic, Sunni, and Shiʿi Ismaili Perspectives (read here), has been named Best PhD Dissertation of the Year by the Foundation for Iranian Studies for 2019-2020. Khalil is the third Ismaili studies scholar to receive this award in the past six years. Previous awardees include Dr. Daniel Beben (Winner 2015), Dr. Shaftolu Gulamadov (Honourable Mention 2018), and Dr. Shafique N. Virani (Winner 2001).
Khalil’s achievement is a testament to the scholarly excellence and impact of Ismailis in the academic study of Islam and the Middle East.
Citation from the Awards Committee:
“Khalil Andani has made an exceptional contribution to the field of Iranian and Middle Eastern Studies by, among other achievements, “developing and using successfully a rigorous methodology to bring together a significant array of primary and secondary sources… securing critical information by judiciously examining different but relevant opinions about his subject matter, i.e., meanings, implications, and the nature of the Qur’ān revealed to Prophet Muhammad as divine speech, divine writing, divine inspiration, revelatory recitation, or scripture… adopting an innovative multidisciplinary approach to derive intellectually reasonable and historically modifiable understanding of different Qur’ānic Revelation models… incorporating various theological and hermeneutical arguments to define the meaning, nature and effect of Revelatory Principle, Revelatory Process, and Revelatory Product … demonstrating originality in approach, balance in reaching conclusions, adeptness in conjoining thought, literature, and history to support the dissertation’s findings.… excellent organization of the work.”
Dr. Khalil Andani is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Augustana College. He completed a PhD in Islamic Studies along with MA and MTS degrees from Harvard University. His published work has appeared in The Journal of Sufi Studies, The Journal of Islamic Studies, The Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies, Religion Compass, and The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy. His personal website is khalilandani.com