University Lecturer Arabic and Medieval Philosophy and Late Antique Intellectual History
Research Leave 2020/21 My research ventures into an array of subjects and themes in Islamic studies but oftentimes revolves around the disciplines of philosophy, theology, intellectual history, and oriental manuscripts in Islamicate societies.
Leiden University Shiʿi Studies Initiative (LUSSI)
My research ventures into an array of subjects and themes in Islamic studies but oftentimes revolves around the disciplines of intellectual and religious history, philosophy, theology, and oriental manuscripts in Islamicate societies.
- Religion, history, and philosophy in Late Antiquity
- Early Islam: history, thought, and interactions with other religions and intellectual trends
- Medieval Arabic philosophy: Avicenna and later Avicennism
- Medieval philosophy: metaphysics, Neoplatonism, and modes of knowing
- Shiʿism: religious, cultural, and intellectual history
- Islamic codicology and manuscript studies
Dr. A. Bdaiwi studied at the Universities of London and Exeter, and received his PhD in Arabic and Islamic Intellectual History from the University of Exeter (2014). He spent three years as a lecturer in Islamic and Iranian intellectual history at the University of St Andrews (2013-2016). In January 2016 he was Visiting Scholar of Medieval Studies at the College of William and Mary. Since August 2016 he is Assistant Professor of Medieval Arabic Philosophy and Islamic Intellectual History at Leiden University. He is also a member of the Leiden University Centre for the Study of Islam and Society (LUCIS) and founder of the Leiden University Shiʿi Studies Initiative (LUSSI).
I teach the following courses at undergraduate (BA) level: History of Philosophy, Introduction to Medieval Philosophy, Introduction to Shiʿi Islam, Classical Readings in Arabic, Medieval Islam History, Academic Skills, Modes of Knowing in Medieval Islam, and Medieval Arabic Philosophy.