Senior Humanities Research Fellow
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA, University of London (SOAS); MSt, Oxford University; PhD, Oxford University.
Research Areas: Intellectual history of the pre-modern Islamic world, especially the history of philosophy and theology
Ayman Shihadeh is an intellectual historian specialized in philosophy and theology in the pre-modern Islamic world. He is currently a member of the School of History, Religions, and Philosophy and Reader in Arabic Intellectual History at SOAS, University of London.
His main areas of research interest are the Avicennan philosophical tradition, the tradition of systematic theology known as kalām, and the interaction between philosophy and theology between the 11th-13th c. He is interested in the ideas, especially in metaphysics, ethics, anthropology, epistemology, and dialectical practices, as well as the sources and historical contexts in which these ideas originated and developed. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Bulletin of SOAS, as Section Editor for Philosophy and Theology on the Editorial Board of the Encyclopaedia of Islam, and as the editor of the Islamic Translation Series (Brill, previously BYU Press). He was the Chair of the British Association for Islamic Studies between 2012-2019.
At NYUAD, he explores the impact of philosophy on theology in the late 11th c. focusing particularly on the influential jurist and theologian al-Juwaynī (d. 1085), the teacher of the famous al-Ghazālī (d. 1111). His research project will result in several outputs, which will offer a new reading of this pivotal, and hitherto understudied, phase in Arabic and Islamic intellectual history.