Karen Bauer

Board Member


Karen Bauer (Ph.D., Princeton University, 2008) is a Research Associate in the Qur’anic Studies Unit of the Institute of Ismaili Studies, where she researches the Qur’an and Qur’anic exegesis (tafsir). She has published widely on tafsir and on gender in Islamic thought and has recently begun a project on emotion in the Qur’an. Her publications include Gender Hierarchy in the Qur’an: Medieval Interpretations, Modern Responses, and Aims, Methods, and Contexts of Qur’anic Interpretation (ed.), and she has written articles on topics such as women’s right to be judges in medieval Islamic law, the potential and actual audiences for medieval tafsir, and the relationship between documentary evidence and tafsir in contracts of marriage.