Arpan Roy

“Call to Prayer: Romani People and the Islamic Mission”

National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2022 – 2023

Johns Hopkins University
Part-time Lecturer and Program Coordinator, Program in Islamic Studies

Arpan Roy is a Research Associate in the Program in Islamic Studies at Johns Hopkins University. His first book on Romani kinship in Palestine, soon to be published by University of Toronto Press, explores a model of alterity based on how memory, intergenerational transmission, and kinship work together in a way that is neither visible by obvious markers like race or religious difference, nor detectable by the antennas of the state. A second book project is a co-edited multidisciplinary volume on plurality in Palestine that is the first book project of Insaniyyat—the Society of Palestinian Anthropologists. He is currently researching several projects revolving around themes of Islam, ethics, language, psychoanalysis, and the experience of difference in the Arab world. He has published articles in Anthropological QuarterlySocial AnthropologyCITY, and Jerusalem Quarterly. He earned his PhD in Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University in 2021.

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