Justin Stearns, Associate Professor in Arab Crossroads Studies, Arts and Humanities, NYUAD

Justin Stearns

Associate Professor in Arab Crossroads Studies, Arts and Humanities

Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi


B.A. Dartmouth College; Ph.D. Princeton University

Before coming to NYU Abu Dhabi, Justin Stearns taught at Middlebury College in the Religion Department from 2005 to 2010.

His research interests focus on the intersection of law, science, and theology in the pre-modern Muslim Middle East.

Stearn’s first book was Infectious Ideas: Contagion in Pre-Modern Islamic and Christian Thought in the Western Mediterranean (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011) and he has published articles in Islamic Law and Society, Medieval Encounters, Al-Qantara, and History Compass.

He is currently working on a book on the social status of the natural sciences in early modern Morocco entitled Revealed Science: The Natural Sciences in Islam in the Age of al-Hasan al-Yusi (d. 1691) as well as on an edition and translation of al-Yusi’s Muhadarat for the Library of Arabic Literature.

Watch Joshua Landis, associate professor and director of the Center for Middle East studies at the University of Oklahoma, discuss the complexities of the war in Syria with Justin Stearns, associate professor in Arab Crossroads Studies at NYUAD.