David Pinault received his B.A. in French literature from Georgetown University and his M.A. and Ph.D in Arabic & Islamic Studies from the Department of Oriental Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His research involves the nexus of religion, popular culture, and communal identity in Muslim societies, as reflected in ritual and literary sources. Among the countries in which he has done fieldwork are Yemen, Egypt, Pakistan, India, and Indonesia. He is also interested in wildlife rescue and environmental issues in Southeast Asia and is a member of the advisory board of ProFauna Indonesia.
Among his recent publications is the novel Museum of Seraphs in Torment.
- Story-Telling Techniques in the Arabian Nights. Studies in Arabic Literature 15. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1992.
- The Shiites: Ritual and Popular Piety in a Muslim Community. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1992.
- Horse of Karbala: Muslim Devotional Life in India. New York: Palgrave, 2001.
- Notes from the Fortune-Telling Parrot: Islam and the Struggle for Religious Pluralism in Pakistan. London: Equinox Publishing, 2008.
- Museum of Seraphs in Torment: An Egyptological Fantasy Thriller. New York: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.
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Museum of Seraphs in Torment (2013)