On this page you will find a brief profile of the scholars, academics and researchers engaged in both Analytic Philosophy and Theology as well as Islamic Rational Theology ('ilm al-kalam) whose works figure in this site. There is a link to their primary area of work in their respective profile box.
Hamza Karamali earned his BASc And MASc in Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, after which he moved abroad to study the Islamic sciences full-time in private one-on-one settings with distinguished traditional scholars in Jordan, Kuwait, and UAE, reading and memorizing traditional works in all of the Islamic sciences. He subsequently earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Islamic Law and Legal Theory from Jamia Nizamiyya in Hyderabad, India. He taught the Islamic sciences from another of online platforms such as SunniPath.com, then Qibla.com, then at Qasid Institute. He then joined Kalam Research and Media, where he worked for three years, designing, managing, and participating in research and education projects around the integration of modern analytic philosophy and science with traditional Islamic theology and logic. He is the author of The Madrasa Curriculum in Context, as well as a forthcoming work that presents traditional Islamic logic in the idiom of contemporary logic and philosophy. In the summer of 2019, he founded Basira Education to fill a gap in the religious education of Muslims in the modern world — his goal at Basira is to develop and deploy an original seminary-level curriculum that is grounded in the traditional Islamic sciences but fully integrates modern science and culture into an intelligent and God-centered worldview.
Faraz Khan is on the faculty of Zaytuna College. His specialty areas include Ashʿari and Maturidi theology, Hanafi jurisprudence, and Logic. He has taught as an instructor at the Qasid Institute in Jordan and also serves as a researcher and instructor for SeekersHub Global. His education began with a BA in biology from the University of Texas, Austin. Afterwards, he lived and studied in Amman for several years, while earning diplomas in traditional Islamic studies and classical Arabic.
In his own words: Dr. Ismail Kurun studied philosophy, religion, and political science in Turkey. His doctoral dissertation, completed at Ankara University in 2021, is titled The Critical Reconstruction of the History of Islamic Philosophy: The Case of Avicenna's Epistemology. It aims to put Islamic philosophy and analytic philosophy into a fruitful dialogue on the case of Avicenna's epistemology, and argues that the "epistemological crisis" in contemporary Islamic thought can and should be solved by a move toward empiricism. He is the author of The Theological Origins of Liberalism (Lexington Books, 2016) (trans. to Turkish in 2018) and many articles on philosophy and political science. His research interests are in philosophy (esp. empirical-analytic and Islamic) and political theory (esp. liberal democracy). He's starting his second PhD at Vanderbilt University (Philosophy) in Fall 2021.
Dr Shoaib Ahmed Malik is Assistant Professor at Zayed University in Dubai. He obtained his BEng in Chemical Engineering as the top graduate in cohort from the University of Bath. He then went on to do a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham. Upon graduating in 2015, he joined several programs at various Islamic institutions from which he gained ijaazahs in hadiths and aqeedah. He recently obtained a PGCE from the University of Nottingham, and a MSc in Philosophy of Science and Religion from the University of Edinburgh. He is currently is doing an 'Alimiyyah program at Al Balagh Academy. His research has shifted entirely to the realms of atheism, science and religion, and Islamic theology. He has published articles in international journals such as Zygon and Philosophy. He has book chapters with academic publishers such as Cambridge University Press and Palgrave. He published a short monograph on Atheism and Islam with Kalam Research and Media, and has a full monograph out with Routledge's Science and Religion series on the topic of Islam and Evolution. He is currently working on another edited volume for Routledge titled, Eight Classical Perspectives on Islam and Science, and a general book on Islam and Science from the lens of Imam Ghazali for Kube Publishers
Prof. Moad obtained his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Missouri- Columbia, USA. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Qatar University. His research interests are in the areas of Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, Meta-ethics, and Comparative Philosophy. His numerous articles can be accessed here. He also runs a personal blog.
Arnold is a PhD Candidate in Religious Studies and Islamic Intellectual History at Leiden University. His research focuses on otherization and ethics within Islamic intellectual and exegetical history, with a special focus on the Ottoman tafsīr tradition (working title: The Qurʾān and the Other: Islamic Ethics and the Tafsīr Tradition). He is a research assistant at the Institute for the Revival of Traditional Islamic Sciences (www.IRTIS.org.uk) and studies the traditional Islamic seminary in both the Deoband and Ottoman curriculum. He is the Lecturer in Islamic theology and Qurʾānic studies at the Islamic University of Applied Sciences Rotterdam (IUASR, www.IUR.nl). He is a Fellow at Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research (YIIR, www.yaqeeninstitute.org) and a fellow at the British Board of Scholars and Imams (www.BBSI.org.uk). He is the Research Consultant on Religion and Theology of Care at a Dutch healthcare NGO, the National Support Center for Extremism (Dutch abbreviation: LSE), and is a spiritual care worker in detention-and healthcare settings.
In his own words: I have been interested in several research projects: (1) occasionalism, both historically and philosophically in relation to contemporary problems. I am founder of the International Society for the Study of Occasionalism. (2) updating several types of cosmological and design arguments into cumulative arguments for the existence/uniqueness of God. (3) interdisciplinary critical thinking. (4) public philosophy. (5) Late Ottoman intellectual history.