A. Kevin Reinhart

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Religion

Kevin Reinhart specializes in Islamic religious studies. He was trained in the study of religion at Harvard (M.A., 1978; Ph.D., 1986) and in Middle Eastern and Arabic Studies at the University of Texas, Austin (1974); he joined the faculty of Dartmouth in 1986. His research focuses on Islamic legal thought, primarily in the pre-modern period, and the contemporary appropriation of the Islamic heritage. His book, Before Revelation: The Boundaries of Muslim Moral Knowledge, which is a study of Islamic theories of moral knowledge, was published by SUNY Press in 1995. He has just finished a book on the variety of Islamic practices in different locales, called Lived Islam. He has lived for long periods of time in many Middle Eastern countries including Egypt, Turkey, Yemen, and Morocco. He is currently involved in projects in Qatar and Turkey.


Thornton, Room 315
HB 6036




  • B.A. University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. Harvard University
  • Ph.D. Harvard University

Selected Publications

  • Lived Islam: Colloquial Religion in a Cosmopolitan Tradition Cambridge UP 2020

  • “The Origins of Islamic Ethics,” in The Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics , W Schweicker (ed.), (2005) 244-253.

  • “Afterward: The Past in the Future of Islamic Ethics,” in Islamic Ethics of Life: Abortion, War, and Euthanasia , J E Brockopp (ed.), (2003).

  • “Late Ottoman Religion,” Archivum Ottomanicum , Special Issue, with H Kayali, 19 (2001) 193-303.

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Works In Progress

  • Acts of Bondsmanship A study of Islamic Ritual: Under Contract, Cambridge UP

  • "Ritual rigor and Liturgical Laxity: the role of the ritual agent in Islamic legal theory" Istanbul papers on uṣūl al-fiqh 2021