Moosa, Ebrahim E. I.

EBRAHIM E.I. MOOSA joined Duke University in the fall of 2001. With interests in Islamic thought, especially Islamic law, ethics, theology and critical theory, Ebrahim Moosa is associate research professor in the Department of Religion and co-director of the Center for the Study of Muslim Networks. Prior to Duke, he spent three years (1998-2001) as visiting professor at Stanford University, California and prior to that he taught at the University of Cape Town in his native South Africa. He has a PhD from the University of Cape Town. He received his first degree, known as the alimiyya degree, from Nadwatul Ulama, Lucknow, India where he received extensive training in the traditional Islamic sciences. After completing his studies in India, he worked as a journalist in the United Kingdom for Arabia: The Islamic World Review and later as staff writer for MEED (Middle East Economic Digest) and also as a political writer for the Cape Times in South Africa. He joined the teaching faculty in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town in 1989 and completed his doctoral studies on the confluence of language and theology in the legal thought of the 12th century Muslim thinker, Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d.1111). He is the author of many published essays in Islamic thought ranging from issues in ethics and law, covering topics such as human rights, women’s rights, Muslim family law, medical ethics, and political ethics, to historical studies that deal with questions of Qur’an exegesis and medieval Islamic law and philosophy. He is especially interested in the way religious traditions encounter modernity and the way new conceptions of history and culture dialogically engage with the Islamic heritage.