Jamel Velji, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies


Religious Studies


B.A., Haverford College; M.A. McGill University; Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara

Awards and Affiliations

Selected National and International Awards 

US Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Fellowship

Josephine de Karman Fellowship

Institute of Ismaili Studies Dissertation Writing Grant

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, (SSHRC) Canada Doctoral Fellowship


Research and Publications

An Apocalyptic History of the Early Fatimid Empire. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016.

"Seeing Salvation: Authority and Apocalypse in Saint Paul and the Nizari Ismaili Qiyama.Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 2017. 

"Apocalyptic Rhetoric and the Construction of Authority in Medieval Ismailism," in Roads to Paradise, Eschatology and Concepts of the Hereafter in Islam, ed. Sebastian Guenther and Todd Lawson, with the assistance of Christian Mauder. Leiden: Brill, 2016.