University Lecturer Arabic and Medieval Philosophy and Late Antique Intellectual History
Reseach 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.
- Bdaiwi A. (2019), Philosophia Ottomanica: Jalal al-Din Davani on Establishing the Existence of the Necessary Being. In: Hani Khafipour (Ed.) The Empires of the Near East and India: Source Studies of the Safavid, Ottoman, and Mughal Literate Communities. New York: Columbia University Press.
- Rizvi S. & Bdaiwi A. (2017), ʿAllama Tabatabaʾi (d.1981), Nihayat al-hikma. In: El-Rouayheb K., Schmidtke S. (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Bdaiwi A. (2014), Some Remarks on the Confessional Identity of the Philosophers of Shiraz: Ṣadr al-Dīn al-Dashtakī (d. 903/1498) and his Students Mullā Shams al-Dīn al-Khafrī (942/1535) and Najm al-Dīn Maḥmūd al-Nayrīzī (948/1541), Ishraq - Islamic Philosophy Yearbook 5: 61-85.
- Bdaiwi A. (2014), The Emergence of Shīʿī Mysticism in early Safavid Iran: A Study of Ghiyāth al-Dīn Dashtakī's Maqāmāt al-ʿārifīn wa-manāzil al-sāʾirīn.
- Bdaiwi A. (2014), The Isfahan School of Philosophy. In: Ayduz S., Dagli C., Kalin S. (Eds.) The Oxford Encyclopaedia Philosophy, Science, and Technology in Islam. Oxford: Oxford University Press [entry in reference work].
- Bdaiwi A. (2014), Theological Topologies Revisited: A Case Study of the Confessional Identity of Jalāl al-Dīn Dawānī (d. 1501) and Ṣadr al-Dīn Dashtakī (d. 1498). University of Oxford.
- Bdaiwi A. (2014), The Tehran School of Philosophy. In: Ayduz S., Dagli C., Kalin I. (Eds.) The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science, and Technology in Islam. Oxford: Oxford University Press [entry in reference work].
- Bdaiwi A. (2013), From Philosophical Orientalism to Philosophy as a Way of Life: Paradigmatic Shifts in the Study of Islamic Philosophy in the West. Columbia University.
- Bdaiwi A. (2012), A Shī‘ī-Sufi Mystic or an Avicennan Rationalist: Exploring Modern Studies on Mullā Ṣadrā Shirazi (d. 1640) (Lecture). Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.
- Bdaiwi A. (2010), Philosophy and anti-Philosophy in the Seminary of Najaf in 1955: The British Academy.
- Bdaiwi A. (2010), The Role of Philosophy in the Seminary of Qom. Durham University.