Professor Ebrahim MoosaKeynote Speaker
Challenges to Contemporary Muslim Thought: Power, Reform and Faith
Professor Moosa’s interests span both classical and modern Islamic thought with a special focus on Islamic law, history, ethics and theology. His book ‘What Is a Madrasa?’ was published in 2015. He is also the author of ‘Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination’, winner of the American Academy of Religion’s Best First Book in the History of Religions (2006) and editor of the last manuscript of the late Professor Fazlur Rahman, ‘Revival and Reform in Islam: A Study of Islamic Fundamentalism’.
He is directing a major teaching and research project in order to advance the scientific and theological literacy among recent madrasa graduates in India and Pakistan. Other publications also include the co-edited book ‘The African Renaissance and the Afro-Arab Spring’; ‘Islam in the Modern World’ and ‘Muslim Family Law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Colonial Legacies and Post-Colonial Challenges’.
Moosa co-directs, Contending Modernities, the global research and education initiative examining the interaction among Catholic, Muslim, and other religious and secular forces in the world.
Moosa is currently a professor of Islamic Studies at University of Notre Dame. Prior to that he was at Duke University, where he taught in the Department of Religious Studies for 13 years. He has also previously taught at the University of Cape Town and at Stanford University. In 2005, he was named a Carnegie Scholar to pursue research on Islamic seminaries of South Asia.
Born in South Africa, Moosa earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cape Town. He also holds a degree in Islamic and Arabic studies from Darul Ulum Nadwatul `Ulama in Lucknow, India, a B.A. degree from Kanpur University, and a postgraduate diploma in journalism from the City University in London.