Rodrigo Adem Alvarez, PhD
Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies , Georgetown University
PhD (with honors) Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, 2015
MA Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, 2009
BA History, German Literature (double major), University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2006
Interests: Intellectual, social, and urban formations of the Middle East; historiography of Islam and Islamicate societies; Islamic theology, political thought, law, and mysticism; comparative epistemology and the sociology of knowledge
Research Languages: Arabic, Persian, German, French, Spanish
2018-20 – Research Professor, El Colegio de México
2017-18 – Dumbarton Oaks College Fellow in Medieval Mediterranean History,
Department of History, Harvard University
2015-17 – CPPFD Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Religious Studies, UNC Chapel Hill
Activities and Awards:
Nov. 2019 - Short Term Visitor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Shii Studies Research Program.
Spring 2018 - Derek Bok Center Award for Teaching Excellence, Harvard University
Jan. 2018 – Short Term Visitor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Shii Studies Research Program
2017-18 – Fellow, Islamic Legal Studies Program (ILSP), Harvard Law School
2014-15 – Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
2013-14 – Affiliated Fellow, Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago
2013-14 – Provost’s Dissertation-Year Writing Fellowship, University of Chicago
2012-13 – Fellow, American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE)
2011-12 – Visiting Researcher, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt
2009 – Student of the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) in Damascus, Syria
2007-13 – Century Fellowship, University of Chicago
2002-6 – Chancellor’s Scholarship, The University of Wisconsin, Madison
English translation of: Ulrich Rudolph, Al-Maturidi und die sunnitische Theologie in Samarkand. Brill, 2014.
Reason, Esotericism, and the Construction of Authority in Shiʿi Islam, co-editor and contributor with Ed Hayes, Brill: 2021.
"Classical Naṣṣ Doctrines in Imāmī Shīʿism: On the Usage of an Expository Term," Shii Studies Review, no. 1 (2017), 42-71.
"Ibn Taymiyya as Avicennan? 14th Century Cosmological Controversies in Damascus," The Muslim World, vol. 108, no. 1 (Jan. 2018), 124-153.
“Messianism and Islamic Law.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law. Oxford University Press.
"Ebn Taymiyya," Encyclopedia Iranica (forthcoming).
Review of Ibadi Theology: Rereading Sources and Scholarly Works, ed.Ersilia Francesca (Georg Olms Verlag, 2015), in JAOS, 138.1 (2018), 212-214.
Review of Disagreements of the Jurists: A Manual of Islamic Legal Theory, ed. & trans. Devin Stewart (NYU Press, 2015) in JNES, vol. 76, no. 1 (2017), 196-199.
Review of Rocco Rante, Rayy: From its Origins to the Mongol Invasion, (Brill, 2015), in al-Abḥāth: vol. 60-61 (2012-13) [pub. 2016].
Review of Tariq Jaffer, Rāzī: Master of Qurʾānic Interpretation and Theological Reasoning (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), in Review of Qur’anic Research: 1, no. 7 (2015).
Review of A Scholar in the Shadow: Essays in the Legal and Theological Thought of Ibn Qayyim al-Ğawziyyah, eds. Caterina Bori and Livnat Holtzmann, Oriente Moderno (2010), in Mamluk Studies Review: XVIII (2014-15), 327-330.
Peer Review for Academic Journals:
"Muslim Thinkers and Questions of Epistemology in the History of Science," University of Chicago, January 30th, 2015.