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The Legacy of Muslim Societies in Global Modernity | Al-Rahim, Ahmad
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Ahmad Al-Rahim


Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies


University of Virginia


Ahmed H. al-Rahim (PhD, Yale University) is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the
University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA). His areas of research
cover medieval Muslim intellectual history, broadly conceived but especially the reception history of Avicennan philosophy, medieval biography, the curricula of the medieval madrasa, as well as modern Islamic political thought. Professor al-Rahim is currently researching and writing a monograph on medieval Muslim conceptions of virtue ethics (ādāb) as they specifically relate to the professional life and (expected) moral conduct of the various classes of scholars, including philosophers, theologians, jurists, sufis, and madrasa professors (shaykhs) and students (ṭalabat al-'ilm).

Selected Publications

Before and After Avicenna, co-editor (Leiden, 2003).

"Avicenna's Immediate Disciples: Their Lives and Works," in Avicenna and His Legacy: A Golden Age of Science and Philosophy, ed. Y.T. Langermann (Turnhout, Belgium, 2009).

The Creation of Philosophical Tradition: Biography and the Reception of Avicenna's Philosophy from the 11th to the 14th Centuries AD (forthcoming).

"The Sistani Factor" (2005) and "Inside Iraq's Confessional Politics" (2008), both published in The Journal of Democracy

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