Abu Sway, Dr. Mustafa

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1988-93 Boston College (USA) Ph.D./ Philosophy

1984-85 Boston College: MA /Philosophy

1980-84 Bethlehem University: B.A.: English Literature

Diploma in Education

Doctoral Dissertation:

“The Development in Imam Al-Ghazzalis Epistemology”

Directors: Dr. Patrick Byrne (Boston College)

Dr. Merlin Swarz (Boston University)

Academic Positions:

1996- Associate Professor/ College of Arts/ Al-Quds University/ Jerusalem

1995-96 Research Fellow/ International Institute for Islamic Thought and Civilization

1993-95 Assistant Professor /Department of Philosophy/ IIUM

1990-93 Teaching Fellow/ Department of Eastern and Slavic Languages/ Boston College

1989-93 Teaching Fellow/ Department of Philosophy/ Boston College

1985-88 Instructor/ Department of Humanities/ Bethlehem University

Honors and Awards:

2001 Winner of Science and Religion Course Award, The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley, CA

Areas of Specialization:

Islamic Philosophy

Studies on Al-Ghazzali

Islamic Epistemology

Areas of Competence:

Islamic Studies

Modern and Contemporary Arabic/Islamic Thought

History of Philosophy


Arabic, English, Hebrew, Italian

Reading Skills: French and Spanish

Administrative Experience:

2000- Director, Islamic Research Center, Al-Quds University / Jerusalem

2000- Coordinator, MA Program in Contemporary Islamic Studies, Al-Quds University

1994-95 Head, Dept. of Philosophy, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)

1993-94 Acting Head, Dept. of philosophy (IIUM)


I. Books:

Studies in Islamic Epistemology: the Case of Al-Ghazzali; Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka: Kuala Lumpur, 1995 (English) (Cover photo)

Fatwa Al-Ghazzali (The Religious Rulings of Al-Ghazzali); ISTAC: Kuala Lumpur, 1996 (Arabic)

Islam in Focus, By Hammudah Abdulati. Revised and Edited by Shaykh Salih al Husayin and Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway; Amana Publications: Beltsville, Maryland, 1998.

Kitab Al-Tarbiyah Al-Islamiyyah (Islamic Education Textbook for Seventh Grade), co-author and coordinator (Palestinian Ministry of Education, 2001)

II. Articles:

ғThe Development in Al-Ghazzalis Epistemology, Intellectual Discourse vol. 2, 1994, 167-176

ԓAl-Ghazzalis Spiritual Crisis ReconsideredҔ, Al-Shajarah (ISTAC) vol. 1, 1996, 77-94

Fiqh Al-BiӒah fi Al-Islam (The Jurisprudence of the Environment in Islam) published by Al-Najah University-Nablus, 1997.

ԓAl-Nurisi wa al-Sababiyyah (Al-Nurisi on Causality) International Institute for Islamic Thought-Amman/ Jordan, 1997

ԓAl-Nursi on the People of the Book (Istanbul Ilim Ve Kultur Vakf-Istanbul, 1999)

ԓIbrahim in the Islamic Scriptures, Abraham in the Three Monotheistic Faiths (PASSIA-Jerusalem, 1998)

ԓTowards an Islamic Jurisprudence of the Environment, Islam: the Environment and Health (Islamic Medical Association of South Africa: Qualbert, 1999)

ԓAn Islamic Perspective on the Palestinian Statehood (The Palestine-Israel Journal for Politics, Economics and Culture, 1999)

ԓThe Holy Land, Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Islamic Sources, Journal of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) Fall 2000, 60-68

ԓThe Image of the Other in Palestinian Islamic Education Books (To be published by the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem )

ԓTowards a New Planetary: The Role of Religion from an Islamic Perspective (To be published by the International Jacques Maritain Institute, Italy)

Conferences and Presentations (Partial List):

“Islamic Perspectives on the Arab-Israeli Conflict”
The Episcopal Provincial Convocation Conference on the Middle East
Holyoke, MA (USA) Nov. 16-17, 1990

“Jesus Christ in Islamic Scripture”
Religious Awareness Week- North Eastern University Boston, MA (USA) May 17, 1990

“Introduction to Islam” The Inter-Cultural Training Resource Center of the Archdiocese of Boston.
MA (USA) Jan. 17, 1991

“Religion, Ethics and Homosexuality” - Panel Discussion- Clark University - Worcester, MA (USA) April 22, 1991

“Introduction to Islam”
Intensive Course Concurrent with the Finger Lakes Conference
Geneva, New York (USA) June 23-29, 1991

ԓThe Nation Stateђ and Islam
26th Annual Conference of the Association of the American Muslim Social Scientists
Brockport, New York, Nov. 28-30, 1997

ԓReligion, Community and Conflict
Armagh Conference Armagh, Ireland, Feb. 26-28, 1998

ԓOn Knowing God in Islam Convegno Internazionale / Teismo: Storia E Teorsi
Pontifica Universita Lateranense & Pontifical Institute (Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center) Jerusalem, Palestine, April 16-18, 1998

ԓHigher Education in Palestine: Challenges vs. Aspirations Muslim LeadersԒ Forum Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 15-25, 1998

Nursi on the People of the BookӔ
Third International Conference on the Work of Nursi Istanbul, Turkey, September 19-23, 1988

Qaradawi on Islamic Medical EthicsӔ
Islamic Medical Association Conference
Durban, South Africa, April 2-5, 1999

Islamic SpiritualityӔ Otterbein College
Columbus, Ohio, USA, May 20, 1999

Islamic SpiritualityӔ University of Basel Basel, Switzerland, May 30, 1999

“The Evolution of Islamic Movements in the Arab World” Panel Discussion-Center for Strategic and International Studies - Washington, DC (USA) April 28th, 2000

“Woman’s Rights in Islam: The Cultural vs. the Religious Middle-Eastern Council of Churches, Amman, Jordan, 10-12 July, 2000

ԓTowards a New Planetary: The Role of Religion from an Islamic Perspective
Panel Discussion-Globalization, Cultures and Religions Instituto Internazionale Jacques Maritain Venice and Treviso, Italy, 11-13 February, 2001

“On the Role of Christian Pilgrims Towards the Holy Land” (Italian)
Panel Discussion- Pelligrini a Gerusalemme, Portatori di Speranza e di Pace Chiesa Locale, Pellegrinaggio e Traditio Fidei Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi Rome, Italy, February 14th, 2001

ԓAn Islamic Critique of the Oslo Process The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Lessons of Oslo Colgate University Hamilton, New York, March 22-24, 2001

ԓA Critique of the ScientificӔ Exegesis of the QuranҔ Science and Religion: Perspectives of Islamic Civilization University of Malaya
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 2-5, 2001

On the Validity of Al-GhazzaliӒs Works as a Paradigm for Contemporary Islamic Thought International Conference on Al-GhazzaliԒs Legacy: Its Contemporary Relevance International Institute for Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, October 24-27, 2001

Courses Taught (Selection):

Islamic Theology (English) Graduate

Readings in Islamic Theology (Arabic) Graduate

Philosophy: Al-Kindi to Ibn Rushd (English) Undergraduate

Al-Ghazzalis Critique of Muslim Philosophy (English) Undergraduate

Readings in Al-Ghazzali (Arabic) Graduate

Modern Muslim Thinkers (Arabic&English) Undergraduate

Contemporary Islamic Thought (Arabic) Graduate

History of Western Philosophy (English) Undergraduate

Islam and the West (Arabic) Graduate

Islam and the Palestinian Issue (Arabic) Graduate

Islamic Epistemology (Arabic) Graduate

Introduction to Islam (Hebrew) Graduate

Islamic Medical Ethics (Arabic & English) Undergraduate

Societies (membership):

American Academy of Religion (2001- )

American Philosophical Association (1993-99)

Islamic Society of Boston - President (1990-92)

Muslim-Christian Council / Jerusalem (1998- 99)

Al-Quds University, 8 Nur Al-Din Street, Jerusalem, PO BOX 51000
Tel: 972-2-627 4979/80 Fax: 972-2-6277166