Shahab Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies
Professor Shahab Ahmed
12 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Office: Barker Center 413
Shahab Ahmed joined Harvard in Fall 2005 as Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies with a joint appointment between the Committee on the Study of Religion, and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He was previously Mellon Visiting Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University (2004-2005), Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows (2000-2003), and Assistant Professor of Classical Arabic Literature in the Department of Arabic Studies at the American University in Cairo (1998-2000). He obtained his PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University in 1999, and his BA in Middle East History from the American University in Cairo in 1991, prior to which he attended the International Islamic University, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. He received his preparatory schooling in England at Caterham School, and in Singapore at the Anglo-Chinese School .
Shahab Ahmed’s broad field of study is Islamic intellectual history. He is currently completing a book entitled The Problem of the Satanic verses and the Formation of Islamic Orthodoxy, of which his PhD dissertation forms the first chapter. The titles of his courses include: “Quran”, “Hadith”, “Representations of the Prophet Muhammad through history”, and “Ibn Taymiyyah and his times”.