M. Shahab Ahmed
Shahab Ahmed is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, holding a joint appointment between the Committee on the Study of Religion, and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He joined the Harvard faculty in 2005. He has previously been Assistant Professor of Classical Arabic Literature in the Department of Arabic Studies at the American University in Cairo, Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows, and Visiting Researcher and Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He spent the academic year 2007-2008 as Higher Education Commission of Pakistan Visiting Scholar in the Islamic Research Institute, Islamabad. He obtained his PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, and his BA in Middle East History from the American University in Cairo, prior to which he attended the Faculty of Laws at the International Islamic University, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. He received his preparatory schooling in England at Caterham School, and in Singapore at the Anglo-Chinese School.
Shahab Ahmed’s broad field of study is Islamic intellectual history. He is on leave for the academic year 2010-2011 working on the completion of two books, The Problem of the Satanic Verses and the Formation of Islamic Orthodoxy, and ‘Neither Paradise Nor Hellfire’: Rethinking Islamic Culture (co-authored with Nenad Filipovic). He has taught the following courses at Harvard: “Quran”, “Hadith”, “Representations of the Prophet Muhammad through History”, “Ibn Taymiyyah and his Times”, “Orthodoxy: Religion, Truth, and Authority”, “The Vocabulary of Islam”, “The Satanic Verses Problem in History”, and “Ibn `Arabi”.