Razan Idris

Ph.D Student

B.A., International Comparative Studies and Political Science, Duke University (2018)


My research is on the history of the legal doctrine of al-kafa'a fil nasab ("equivalence of lineage or bloodline") in Muslim marital legal texts, historical rulings, and living communities. I am interested in what al-kafa'a fil nasab reveals about different narratives of "bloodline", race, and social hierarchy in Muslim communities, and particularly in Afro-Arab communities in Sudan, Morocco, and Mauritania. Currently, I am investigating the Egypt-based religious debate over al-kafa'a fil nasab in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

I am the curator of the #SudanSyllabus, an open project on Sudanese social and cultural history.

Advisor: Eve Troutt-Powell

Research Interests: 

Race, gender, and social hierarchy.
Islamic legal texts and court practices.
African and Middle Eastern Muslim religious history.