Razan Idris

Razan Idris

Ph.D Student

My research focuses on blackness in Arabic-speaking contexts on the African continent and its diasporas abroad, through the lens of my broader interest in race and critical history. For my thesis, I currently plan to explore blackness as defined, experienced, and reacted to by male students at al-Azhar from the early Khedival period until today, using diverse legal texts, visual sources, and interviews. This is informed by my past studies, where I have investigated "Afro Arab" identity through gendered legal doctrines (namely al-kafa'a fil nasab), commented on Sudanese and African American exchanges in the 20th century, and enjoyed writing about anime in the Arabic-speaking diaspora.

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

Advisor: Eve Troutt-Powell


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

Research Interests

Race, gender, and social hierarchy.
Muslim discursive legal traditions.
African and Middle Eastern 19th-21st c. history.