Hamilton Parker Fairfield Cook
Major: Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
School: Brandeis University
Sponsor: ISF-Zehra Attari Memorial Fund
Hamilton Parker Fairfield Cook was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota—home to one of the largest Muslim populations in the United States. Mr. Cook is currently pursuing an M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University (the institution of his undergraduate tenure, where he majored in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies). His primary interests are in the field of Quranic studies, more specifically, Quranic exegesis. Mr. Cook hopes to continue his studies at the Ph.D. level and then work as a professor of religion or Islamic studies. He would like to do so with an aim to help create a space of scholarship and dialogue wherein the “Muslim voice” regarding the Quran, its history, and its commentary can fully “speak.”
Message to ISF and Donors:
All praise is God’s, and all thanks is to Him—He who “nourishes whomsoever He wills without reckoning” (24:38). I am greatly honored and humbled to be the recipient of this prestigious ISF-Zehra Attari Memorial Scholarship. It is indeed a tremendous blessing, and I am truly grateful. With such generous support, I am confident that I can make a positive contribution to the way in which the Quran, its commentaries, and the profound and all-pervading role it plays in Muslim culture is studied, taught, and discussed in academia. May God bless you and keep you, and make fruitful the remarkable efforts of the ISF and the inspiring, young Muslims which it supports.