Professor Sajjad Rizvi
BA, MA, MPhil (Oxon), PhD (Cantab)
Telephone: 01392 724037
Director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
I am the Director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, with principal research interest in Islamic intellectual history, playing an active role in the Centre for the Study of Islam, and of the Islamic Studies research cluster. I take on research students broadly in Islamic intellectual history.
I work on Islamic intellectual history in the wider Persianate world. My particular interests which grew from my PhD at Cambridge on the philosophy of Mullā Ṣadrā Shīrāzī (d. c. 1635) lie in post-Avicennan philosophical, theological and mystical traditions. My second main area of interest is Qurʾanic exegesis and textual hermeneutics.
I am currently completing three projects: an intellectual history of philosophy in Iran and North India on the cusp of colonialism, an analysis of the noetics of Mullā Ṣadrā, and a short monograph on Mīr Dāmād. My next major projects are mapping Islamic philosophical traditions in India 1450-1850, and writing an intellectual history of apophasis in Islamic thought.
I have advised various government departments and private sector concerns on Iraq, Iran, Shiʿi Islam in the Gulf, and Islam in Britain and Europe.
I also run a blog that has my various musings on philosophy both Islamic and otherwise as well as notes on manuscript research and related critical editions. The blog entitled Hikmat is available here.
I tweet under the name @mullasadra
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