Ahmed H. al-Rahim

Associate Professor, Director of Islamic Studies

Gibson Hall, S-353


Ph.D., Yale University

Research Interests

Ahmed H. al-Rahim works on Arabo-Islamic intellectual and religious history from Muhammad to Avicenna to Abū-Bakr al-Baghdādī. His research and teaching cut across the centuries, spanning the Arabic reception history of Avicennan philosophy during Islam’s so-called “dark ages,” from the eleventh to the fourteenth century, the development of Islamic ethics in the Middle Ages, and the ideologies of political Islam, also known as Islamism, in the Middle East in the early nineteenth to twenty-first century. Professor al-Rahim is currently working on a history of etiquette literature and manuals of practical virtue ethics (ādāb) in Islamicate civilization, and on a short introduction to modern Islamist ideologies. His publications include: Islamic Ethics: An Introduction to the Classical Tradition, New Islamic Surveys (Edinburgh University Press, Forthcoming); The Creation of Philosophical Tradition: Biography and the Reception of Avicenna’s Philosophy from the Eleventh to the Fourteenth Century A.D., Diskurse der Arabistik; XXI (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2018); and Before and After Avicenna: Proceedings of the First Conference of the Avicenna Study Group, co-edited with D.C. Reisman, Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science. Texts and Studies, LII (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2003).


Professor al-Rahim teaches a number of undergraduate courses on Islam and modern political Islam, including RELI Classical Islam, Global Islam, and Debating Islams. His graduate and Classical Arabic seminars focus on medieval Islamic intellectual history, addressing such topics as qurʾānic exegesis, literary biography and hagiography, Arabic philosophy, Islamic theology, and ethics, as well as the methods and sources of Arabic and Islamic Studies.