Ebrahim E.I. Moosa is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion and Director of the Center for Study of Muslim Networks at Duke University.
Dr. Moosa earned his `alimiyya degree in Islamic and Arabic studies from Darul Uloom Nadwatul `Ulama, one of India’s foremost Islamic seminaries in the city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. He also has a BA degree from Kanpur University, and a postgraduate diploma in journalism from the City University in London. He earned his MA (1998) and PhD (1995) from the University of Cape Town.
As a journalist he wrote for Arabia: The Islamic World Review , MEED (Middle East Economic Digest) and Afkar/Inquiry magazines in Britain, and later became political writer for the Cape Times in South Africa.
He is the author of Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination (University of North Carolina Press, 2005) and editor of the last manuscript of the late Professor Fazlur Rahman, Revival and Reform in Islam: A Study of Islamic Fundamentalism (Oxford: Oneworld, 2000).
Previously he taught at the University of Cape Town’s Department of Religious Studies in his native South Africa till 1998 and was visiting professor at Stanford University prior to joining Duke in 2001.
Dr. Moosa’s interests are in Islamic thought, with a special focus on Islamic law, ethics and critical theory. Moosa examines the way religious traditions encounter modernity and in the process generating new conceptions of history, culture and ethics.
Currently he is working on a book titled, Imagining Islam After Empire and another one called An Idea of Muslim Ethics . In these works he explores some of the major challenges that confront a tradition-in-the making like Islam encounters in a rapidly changing world. How do Muslims who are located in very different settings deal with history, ethics and law produced under radically different conditions? The political and historical settings against which Islam functions in the modern world are carefully addressed in these forthcoming books.
Dr. Moosa serves on several distinguished international advisory boards and is associated with some of the foremost thinkers, activists and role-players in the Muslim world and beyond. He advised the first independent government after apartheid on Islamic affairs and serves on committees of the Organisation of Islamic Conference in addition to others. He also has extensive experience in human rights activities. He was named Carnegie Scholar for 2005 and received support to pursue research and write a book about the religious seminaries, madrasas in the Muslim world.
Currently he is directing a Ford Foundation funded project titled, Mapping Knowledge, Shaping Muslim Ethics at the Center for the Study of Muslim Networks that he directs.