Ebrahim Moosa, Professor of Religious and Islamic Studies
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|PhD||University of Cape Town||1995|
- Research Interests: Law, Moral Philosophy, Ethics, and Critical Islamic Thought
What is a Madrasa?, Muslim Ethics
Ebrahim E.I. Moosa is Professor of Religious and Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies.
His interests span both classical and modern Islamic thought with a special focus on Islamic law, history, ethics and theology.
Dr Moosa is the author of Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination, winner of the American Academy of Religion's Best First Book in the History of Religions (2006) and editor of the last manuscript of the late Professor Fazlur Rahman, Revival and Reform in Islam: A Study of Islamic Fundamentalism. He was named Carnegie Scholar in 2005 to pursue research on the madrasas, Islamic seminaries of South Asia.
Born in South Africa, Dr. Moosa earned his MA (1989) and PhD (1995) from the University of Cape Town. Prior to that he took the `alimiyya degree in Islamic and Arabic studies from Darul Ulum Nadwatul `Ulama, one of India's foremost Islamic seminaries in the city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. He also has a BA degree from Kanpur University, and a postgraduate diploma in journalism from the City University in London.
Previously he taught at the University of Cape Town's Department of Religious Studies in South Africa till 1998 and was visiting professor at Stanford University 1998-2001 prior to joining Duke University. As a journalist he wrote for Arabia: The Islamic World Review, MEED (Middle East Economic Digest) and Afkar/Inquiry magazines in Britain, and later became political writer for the Cape Times in South Africa. He contributes regularly to the op-ed pages of the New York Times, Atlanta-Journal Constitution, The Boston Review and several international publications and is frequently invited to comment on global Islamic affairs.
Currently he is completing a book titled What is a Madrasa? Also under construction are two books on ethics: Muslim Self Revived: Ethics, Rights and Technology after Empire and another title, Between Right and Wrong: Debating Muslim Ethics (Wiley). In these writings Moosa explores some of the major challenges that confront a tradition-in-the making like Islam , in a rapidly changing world. Moosa examines the way religious traditions encounter modernity and in the process generating new conceptions of history, culture and ethics.
Dr. Moosa serves on several distinguished international advisory boards and is associated with some of the foremost thinkers, activists and role-players in the Muslim world and beyond. He advised the first independent South African government after apartheid on Islamic affairs and serves on committees of the Organization of Islamic Conference in addition to others. He also has extensive experience in human rights activities.
He has received grants from the Ford Foundation to research contemporary Muslim ethics and issues of philanthropy in the Muslim world. For further details and access to research materials please visit Dr Moosa’s website ebrahimmoosa.com
- Curriculum Vitae
- Current Ph.D. Students
- Daanish Faruqi
- Hunter Bandy
- Ali Mian
- Saadia Yacoob
- Mashal Saif
- Sam Kigar
- Recent Publications
- with Jeffrey T. Kenney & Ebrahim Moosa. Modern Islam: A Textbook. , July, 2013. [abs]
- E. Moosa. Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī (d. 505/1111). Islamic Legal Thought A Compendium of Muslim JuristsBrill, 2013: 261-293. [Abu_Hamid_al-Ghazali_in_Islamic_Legal_Thought_A_Compendium_of_Muslim_Jurists_Edited_by_Oussama_Arabi_David_S._Powers_and_Susan_A._Spectorsky]
- AASIM I. PADELA, STEVEN W. FURBER, MOHAMMAD A. KHOLWADIA AND EBRAHIM MOOSA. "DIRE NECESSITY AND TRANSFORMATION: ENTRY-POINTS FOR MODERN SCIENCE IN ISLAMIC BIOETHICAL ASSESSMENT OF PORCINE PRODUCTS IN VACCINES." Bioethics (2013). [doi] [abs]
- E. Moosa. "Post 9/11: America Agonizes over Islam." The Cambridge History of Religions in America: Religions in America 1945 to the present Ed. Stephen J. Stein. Cambridge University Press,
Fall, 2012, 553-574. 
- E. Moosa. "Translating Neuroethics: Reflections from Muslim Ethics." . Fall, 2012, 519-528. , [doi] [abs]