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Founded in April 2010, AALIMS reached a milestone at its third anniversary. As a sign of becoming an established organization, we have experienced our first “change of the guard.” 

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Jennifer London

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Jennifer London is a comparative political theorist who analyzes theories of autocracy, where they come from and how they have been translated into diverse contexts.  Her work integrates historical, literary and political analysis to trace autocracy as an evolving concept, which spans pre-Islamic and Islamic writings. She is particularly interested in classical Arabic writings, which she has spent years studying at the University of Chicago, Middlebury College, the Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan and continues to analyze today. This academic year, London will be pursuing her research as a researcher at UCLA. In addition, London has taught ancient and medieval thought at Columbia University and Tufts University. Jennifer has published articles in History of Political Thought on classical Arabic and Persian theories of justice and on how classical Arabic authors use translation to transform the publics they inhabit.  She has a forthcoming article on how historical methods can advance scholarship in political science in the Annual Review of Political Science, and her manuscript Autocracy and the Foreigner: the Political Thought of Ibn al-Muqaffa‘ is currently under review.




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