I am an intellectual and social historian of the Middle East. My work furthers our understanding of the dynamics of knowledge production and development of epistemological, historiographical, and cultural activity. I am assistant professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University.
I am currently writing my first monograph, a comprehensive exposition of "the obligation to investigate" (wujūb al-naẓar), a unique intellectual thesis of the early Islamicate milieu. The intersection of "investigative" knowledge intersects with the Greek concept of "theoretical" understanding in the valorization of epistemic self-awareness within the Muslim practice of kalām. Just as intellectual historians have deepened their sophistication for historicizing the anthropological values and ontological premises which "theoretical" knowledge encompasses, so too does "investigation" in Islamic thought reflect the intersection between epistemology, the individual, and society. The historical contingencies that informed theological norms across numerous theological treatises, polemics, and personal correspondences spanning Central Asia to Iberia, and was responsible for reconstituting epistemic authority and practices of knowledge for posterity. Finally, the work aims to contemplate the meaningful parallelisms and divergences between kalām, philosophia, science, and critical theory.
- Urban and regional history of premodern Middle East
- Intellectual history: Epistemology and Human Values
- Arabic language and culture