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.
Sümeyye Parildar was born in Ankara in 1980. After her BA in Marmara University Theology Faculty, she completed her first MA in Islamic Philosophy in the same university. Her second MA was in Philosophy in Birmingham University, England. She received her PhD in Exeter University with the dissertation titled 'Intentionality in Mulla Sadra' in 2014. She is a lecturer in Istanbul University since 2015. Her current publication is Intensionality in Mulla Sadra (Springer 2020).
Prof. Saeedimehr is lecturer at Tarbiyat Modares University, Tehran. His research interests are wide-ranging and his academic output centres on the intersection between Islamic philosophy and theology - particularly Shi'i - and analytic philosophy. His numerous publications can be found here and here.
In his own words:
I am currently a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK at Cardiff University. I completed a PhD looking at the formation and training of British Muslim Scholarship (ulama) with an ethnographic study of a Dar al-Uloom, or traditional Islamic seminary in modern Britain. This was part of the Jameel Scholarship Programme. I also have a background in traditional Islamic Studies, and this is where I seek to combine textual learning of the Islamic tradition with the sociology of religious professionals. I have an interest in the formation of religious authority, theories and application of tradition with modernity, and religious embodiment. I continue to teach courses in the Islamic traditional sciences in the areas of Islamic law (fiqh) and theology (aqidah). I also teach modules around contemporary Muslims concerns such as Sufism and Islamic law in Britain. Currently, I am working on an innovative and ground-breaking project looking at the lived experiences of imams in Britain.
Aaron specializes in Islamic Intellectual History, with an emphasis on 13th-19th-century law, theology, and Sufism and their reception in contemporary Muslim communities. He has published two books and a number of articles on Islamic intellectual history including The Archetypal Sunni Scholar: Law, Theology, and Mysticism in the Synthesis of al-Bajuri (SUNY, 2014.) He is also a Visiting Scholar in Harvard's Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and teaches courses on Islam, Islamic Finance, and World Religions in Harvard's Division of Continuing Education. Previously, he has been a visiting researcher in Harvard Law School's Program in Islamic Law where he worked on Talfiq (legal patch-working) in Inheritance, Divorce, and Islamic Finance. He is currently working on an annotated edition of Ibrahim al-Bajuri's (d. 1860) unpublished gloss on "The Commentary of al-Taftazani on the Creed of al-Nasafi". He is also working on an introduction to late Sunni Kalam and an intellectual biography of al-Taftazani. He founded the American Society for Islaimic Philosophy and Theology (ASIPT) under a John Templeton Grant.
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