Yousef Casewit’s research areas include Qur'anic studies, Arabic literature, the medieval intellectual history of North Africa and al-Andalus, Muslim perceptions of the Bible, and commentaries on the 99 names of God. His most recent publication is a 1,000-page critical edition of Ibn Barrajan’s Qur’an commentary. He is completing a study of the life, teachings, and legacy of Ibn Barrajan, as well as a translation of ‘Afif al-Din al-Tilimsani’s commentary on the divine names (Sharh al-asma’ al-husna).
He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, American Institute for Maghrib Studies, Middle East Studies Association, American Oriental Society, and International Qur’anic Studies Association. Fluent in Arabic, French, Spanish, and English, Casewit has been a participant in the annual Building Bridges seminars of Christian and Muslim scholars conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury. He also served as an interpreter for the Salam Institute for Peace and Justice in the Republic of Chad and Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad.
Casewit received an MA, MPhil, and PhD with high distinction in Islamic studies from the religious studies department at Yale University. Before joining the University of Chicago, he was a Humanities Research Fellow at New York University Abu Dhabi and an assistant professor of Arabic intellectual heritage and culture at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.