Caliph, Sultan and Scholar: The Political Career of Fakhr al-Din al-Razi (d. 1210)

Dr Ayman Shihadeh (SOAS)
Wednesday, 25 May 2022

This seminar will begin at 5pm in the Centre's Jerusalem Room. Prior booking is not required. All welcome.


Dr Shihadeh is an intellectual historian of the Islamic world, whose research focuses on the history of theology, philosophy and wider intellectual and religious culture. After receiving a first-class BA (Hons) from SOAS, he completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford in 2002, and then taught at the Universities of Edinburgh, Exeter and Glasgow before joining SOAS in 2008. He was awarded the Senior Humanities Research Fellowship at New York University Abu Dhabi for two years, between 2019-2021.

Dr Shihadeh's main areas of research interest include the history of systematic theology, the Avicennan philosophical tradition, and the interaction between philosophy and religious thought in the pre-modern Islamic world. He is interested in the thought, especially in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, anthropology and dialectical practices, as well as the sources and wider environments in which thought developed and was transmitted and contested. His publications include several books, including two monographs, the first on the ethical theory of the influential theologian-cum-philosopher Fakhr al-Din al-Razi (d. 1210), and the second on the little-studied 12th-century philosopher Sharaf al-Din al-Mas‘udi, as well as studies on Avicenna (d. 1037), al-Ghazali (d. 1111), Ash‘arism and Mu‘tazilism. The first monograph later appeared in Arabic and Turkish translations. His current research investigates sources from the 10th through the 13th centuries.

Source: Dr Ayman Shihadeh | Staff | SOAS University of London