Curriculum Vitae

Ebrahim Moosa

118C Gray Building
Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-3520 (office)

PhDUniversity of Cape Town1995
Areas of Research

Law, Moral Philosophy, Ethics, and Critical Islamic Thought

Areas of Interest

Studies in al-Ghazali
intellectual traditions of pre-modern Islam
madrasas of south Asia
contemporary Islamic thought
Muslim ethics

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

Best First Book in the History of Religions 2006, American Academy of Religion, November, 2006
Philanthropy for Social Justice in Muslim Societies, The Ford Foundation, July, 2005
Carnegie Scholars Award 2005, Carnegie Corporation of New York, May, 2005
Mapping Knowledge, Shaping Muslim Ethics: Seeking a Paradigm Shift, The Ford Foundation
Professional Service

A&S Council
Chair, Lectures Committee, August 01, 2011 - present  
Member, CDC, August 01, 2011 - present  
Associate Editor, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, October 1, 2010 - present  
Associate Director, Duke Islamic Studies Center, June 1, 2006 - December 1, 2008  
University Committee
Faculty Member, Graduate Program in Religion, 2012 - present  
Member of the Advisory Board, Franklin Humanities Institute, June 1, 2008 - present  
member of the executive committee, Duke Human Rights Center, 2006 - present  
Member of the Steering Committee of Ethics Certificate committee, Kenan Institute for Ethics, 2006 - present  
Dept Committee
Chair, Lectures Committee, August, 2011 - present  
chair of Islamic Studies search committee, Search Committee for Islamic Studies tenure track position, August 30, 2007 - May 30, 2008  
Gateway Course on Religion, December 2007  
Professional Activities
member, Contending Modernities Working project on Science and the Human Person, University of Notre Dame, 3 year project, 2012 - present  
Member of the Advisory Board, Journal for Islamic Studies (JIS), 15 August 2004  
Member editorial collective, Worlds and Knowledges Otherwise, 15 August 2004  
Member of the Advisory Board, UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law (JINEL), UCLA School of Law, 2003  
Member Editorial Board, Journal for the American Academy of Religion (JAAR), 2001-  
Committee member, American Academy of Religion: History of Religions Best First Book Jury & conveners of the American Lectures of the History of Religions Centennial Sc, undefined 1, 2007 - present  
Member, Advisory Board for the Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures published by E.J. Brill (Leiden), general editor, Suad Joseph, August 15, 2003 - 2007  
Member, International Connections Committee of the American Academy of Religion, January 15, 2000 - 2007  
Member, Advisory Council of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS), August 15, 2003 - January 01, 2007  
American Academy for the Advancement of Science: Advisory Committee Dialogue of Science, Ethics and Religion, 2003 - January 01, 2006  
University Services
Editorial Board, Duke University Press, 2007 - June 06, 2009  
Special Projects
Reviewer, Tenure Review, October 15, 2010  
referee, Oxford University Press- reviewed 2 book manuscripts, December 2008  
Service to the Graduate Program in Religion
Co-Convener, Religion & Modernity, September 09, 2010 - present  
Convenor of the Islamic Studies Track, July 1, 2008 - present  
member, Graduate Admissions committee member for 2011-2012  
Member, MA Committee, January 1, 2008  
Member, Religion & Modernity Track, December 2007  
Admissions Committee, Graduate Program, February 15, 2007  
Selected Recent Invited Talks

Critical Issues in Contemporary Islam, MUIS Academy, Singapore, September 12, 2013  
Critical Islam: Perspectives from the Middle East and Asia, National University of Singapore, September 08, 2013  
Muslim Ethics in the Public Sphere, March 25, 2013  
Muslim Minorities Leadership Colloquium, Paris, France, 2013/03/29-31  
The Great Debates: Sharia & Islamic Law, Asia Society, New York, December 08, 2011  
Muslim-Jewish Scholars Conference, New York, October 30, 2011  
Constructing Public Life in the Madrasa-Sphere: Public Good as Salvation, University of Cape Town, October 14, 2011  
Legalism and Religion, Hartford Seminary, September 19, 2011  
Biotechnology and Justice, London, 8-10 July, 2011  
Divine Action and Human Response, Paderborn University, Germany, 23-28 July, 2011  
Religion, Peacebuilding and Development, Asilimaar, California, 5-9 June, 2011  
Norms in the Madrasa-Sphere, Berkeley University, 6-7 May, 2011  
Between Freedom of Religion and Respect for Cultural Values, American University of Beirut/Heinrich Boell Foundation, 1-2 April, 2011  
Encounters with Traditional Muslim Discourses: Discursive Legitimacy in Contemporary Islam, al-Ghat, Saudi Arabia, 11-14 January, 2011  
The Politics of Love, Syracuse University, April 16, 2009  
Four Lectures on Contemporary Muslim Ethics, Institute d'études de l'islam et des Sociétés du Monde Musulman (IISM) at L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), June 2, 2008  
Educating Identities, Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles, March 28, 2008  
History and Normativity in Traditional Indian Islamic Thought, King's College London conference on Traditions in the Present, March 15, 2008  
Challenges to Islamic Education, Averroes Academy, Chicago, March 07, 2008  
Ethical Challenges in Contemporary Islamic Thought delivered as part of Dourous Hassaniyya-Hasaniyya Lectures invited by King Muhammad VI of Morocco, Fez, Morocco, October 09, 2007  
Series in Muslim Ethics, International Islamic University, Islamabad, June 2, 2007  
Inter-Religious Dialogue: An Encounter between Islam and Christianity, Coimbra University, Portugal, May, 2007  
Faculty Member 22nd Annual Cross Currents Research Colloquium, Union Theological Seminary, New York, July, 2005  
Science, Technology and Ethics, Gadjah Mada University, Center for Religion & Cross-Cultural Studies, Yogjakarta, Indonesia, 2005  
Neuropolitics: The Dialogics of Life and Death, Plenary address to the International Association for the History of Religion, Tokyo Japan, March, 2005  
Issues in Muslim Bioethics, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities in Baltimore, October 2002  
Invited to deliver plenary talk, Sun Valley Writer’s Conference, August 2002  
Invited by the office of the deputy prime minister of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur International Islamic Forum, July 2002  
Invited to deliver talk on Rethinking Islam in Modernity, Isfahan, Iran, March 2002  
Invited to speak at conference on Informed Consent in Islamic ethics, Fordham University, January 2002  
Invited to speak on a special panel of the American Academy of Religion, on “September 11, 2001”, Boulder Colorado, November 2001  
Accepted an invitation to deliver three seminars on “Intellectual Modernity in Islam”, Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), Leiden University, March 2001  
Wiegand Lecturer on “The Struggle for Muslim Personal Law in South Africa,” in distinguished Wiegand lecture series on Pivotal Ideas in World Civilisation, Duke University, North Carolina, January 2001  
Dissonance of Gazes Towards the Body in Islamic Law, conference on “God, Life & Cosmos: Theistic Perspectives”, Islamabad, Pakistan, November 5-8, 2000  
Re-interpreting Islam, World Affairs Council, San Francisco, May 2000  
Revisiting Islam and Modernity, Institute for Study of Islam in the Modern World, Leiden, April 24-30, 2000  
Reinterpreting Women in Islam, Conference on Colonizing Women, University of California Los Angeles, Law School, 14 April 2000  
Islam and Constitutionalism in South Africa, Islam and Constitutionalism conference, Harvard University, April 7-9, 2000  
Implications of Language in the Reconstruction of Islamic law and Theology, Mini-conference on Islamic Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, February 2000  
Notion of the Other in Muslim Theology, Delivered at the Sawyer Seminar on “Hatred: Encountering the Other”, University of Chicago, February 2000  
Public Lectures, Haverford College, Swarthmore College and Temple University, 1 July 1999  
Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination, workshop on Image, Matter, Body-Bodies of Texts in Spaces of Art, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, June 19-22, 2005  
Doctoral Theses Directed

SherAli Tareen, (2004 - May 30, 2012)  
Youshaa Patel, (2003 - May 30, 2012)  
Hina Azam, (July 1, 2001 - 2005)  
Kecia Ali, (2001 - February 3, 2004)  



  1. Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination no. i-ix; 349 (Spring, 2005), University of North Carolina Press

Edited Books

  1. with Jeffrey T. Kenney & Ebrahim Moosa, Modern Islam: A Textbook (July, 2013)
  2. E. Moosa, Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī (d. 505/1111), in Islamic Legal Thought A Compendium of Muslim Jurists, edited by Oussama Arabi, David S. Powers and Susan A. Spectorsky (2013), pp. 261-293, Brill, ISBN 978-90-04-25452-7
  3. Shamil Jeppie, Ebrahim Moosa & Richard Roberts, Muslim Family Law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Colonial Legacies and Post-Colonial Challenges (Spring, 2010), pp. 388, Amsterdam University Press, ISBN 9789089641724 (Introduction pp. 13-60; Muslim Family Law in South Africa: Paradoxes and Ironies, pp. 331-354.)
  4. Fazlur Rahman; Ebrahim Moosa (editor), Revival and Reform: A Study of Islamic Fundementalism (1999), Oxford: Oneworld (Introduction, 1-29; Postscript 204-206.)

Papers Published

  2. with Aasim I. Padela, Ahsan Arozullah, Brain Death in Islamic Ethico-Legal Deliberation: Challenges for Applied Islamic Bioethics, Bioethics (December, 2011), Blackwell, ISSN 1467-8519
  3. E. Moosa, Aesthetics and Transcendence in the Arab Uprisings, Middle East Law and Governance, vol. 4 no. 3 , pp. 171-180, Brill
  4. E. Moosa, Response to Robert Segal, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. 74 no. 1 (2007), pp. 172-174
  5. E. Moosa, Contrapuntal Readings in Muslim Thought: Translations and Transitions, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. 74 no. 1 (2006), pp. 107-118
  6. E. Moosa, Rejoinder to Paul J. Griffiths’ Response, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. 74 no. 1 (2006), pp. 122-124
  7. The Poetics and Politics of Law after Empire: Reading Women's Rights in the Contestations of Law, Journal for Islamic and Near Eastern Law (JINEL), vol. 1 no. 1 (fall/winter 2001/2002), pp. 1-46, UCLA Law School
  8. The Dilemma of Islamic Rights Schemes, The Journal of Law and Religion, vol. xv no. 1-2 (2000-2001), pp. 185-215
  9. Interface of Science and Jurisprudence: Dissonant Gazes at the Body of Modern Muslim Ethics, in God, Life and the Cosmos: Christian and Islamic Perspectives, edited by Ted Peters, Muzzaffar Iqbal & Syed Nomanul Haq (2002), pp. 329-356, Aldershot: Ashgate
  10. Languages of Change in Islamic Law: Redefining Death in Modernity, Islamic Studies, vol. 38 no. 3 (1999), pp. 305-342
  11. Allegory of the Rule (Hukm): Law As Simulacrum in Islam, History of Religions, vol. 38 no. 1 (August, 1998), pp. 1-24
  12. Shaykh Ahmad Shakir and the Adoption of a Scientifically-Based Lunar Calendar, Islamic Law & Society, vol. 5 no. 1-2 (1998), pp. 57-89
  13. The Sufaha in Qur’an Literature: A Problem in Semiosis, Der Islam, vol. 75 no. 2 (1998), pp. 1-27
  14. Worlds ‘Apart’:The Tabligh Jamat under Apartheid 1963-1993, Journal for Islamic Studies, vol. 17 (1997), pp. 28-48 (reproduced in Muhammad Khalid Masud (ed.) Travellers in Faith: Studies of the Tabligh Jamat as a Transnational Islamic Movement for Faith Renewal (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2000), 206-221.)

Articles in a Collection

  1. E. Moosa, Post 9/11: America Agonizes over Islam, in The Cambridge History of Religions in America: Religions in America 1945 to the present, edited by Stephen J. Stein, vol. 3 , pp. 553-574, Cambridge University Press, New York
  2. E. Moosa, Translating Neuroethics: Reflections from Muslim Ethics, Science and Engineering Ethics, vol. 18 no. 2 (2012), pp. 519-528, ISSN 1353-3452
  3. E. Moosa, Children’s Rights in Modern Islamic and International Law: Changes in Muslim Moral Imaginaries, in Children, Adults, and Shared Responsibilities: Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspectives, Marcia Bunge , pp. 292-308, Cambridge University Press, New York
  4. E. Moosa, Muslim Ethics and Biotechnology, in Routledge Companion to Religion and Science, edited by James W. Haag, Gregory R. Peterson & Michael L. Spezio , pp. 455-465, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxford
  5. E. Moosa, Muslim Political Theology: Defamation, Apostasy and Anathema, in International Symposium-Cartoons & Minarets Reflections on Muslim-Western Encounters, Heinrich Böll Foundation (2012)
  6. E. Moosa, The Spirit of Islamic Humanism, in The Humanist Imperative in South Africa, edited by John W. de Gruchy (Fall, 2011), pp. 107-116, Sun Press and STIAS, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  7. E. Moosa, The Law in the Alchemy of the Self: Abu Hamid al-Ghazālī, in Great Muslim Jurists, edited by David Powers, Susan Spectorsky & Oussama Arabi (2011), Brill
  8. with Ali A. Mian, Islam, in Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, Second, edited by Ruth Chadwick, vol. 2 (2011), pp. 769-776, Academic Press, San Diego, ISBN 978-0123736321
  9. E. Moosa, Muslim Ethics and Biotechnology, in Routledge Companion to Religion and Science, edited by James W. Haag, Gregory R. Peterson & Michael L. Spezio (2011), pp. 455-465, Routledge, ISBN 978-0-415-49244-7
  10. E. Moosa, The Spirit of Islamic Humanism, in The Humanist Imperative in South Africa, edited by John W. de Gruchy (2011), pp. 106-116, Sun Press, Stellenbosch, South Africa, ISBN 978-1-920338-56-5
  11. E. Moosa, Muslim Family Law in South Africa: Paradoxes and Ironies, in Muslim Family Law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Colonial Legacies and Post-Colonial Challenges, edited by Shamil Jeppie, Ebrahim Moosa & Richard Roberts (Spring, 2010), pp. 331-354, Amsterdam University Press, ISBN 9789089641724
  12. E. Moosa, History and Normativity in Traditional Indian Muslim Thought: Reading Shari`a Hermeneutics of Qari Muhammad Tayyab (d. 1983), in Rethinking Islamic Studies: From Orientalism to Cosmopolitanism, edited by Carl W. Ernst & Richard C. Martin (2010), pp. 281-301, University of South Carolina Press
  13. E. Moosa, Colonialism and Islamic Law, in Islam and Modernity: Key Issues and Debates, edited by Muhammad Khalid Masud, Armando Salvatore & Martin van Bruinessen (2009), pp. 158-181, Edinburgh University Press
  14. E. Moosa, Shariat Governance in Colonial and Post Colonial India, in Islam in South Asia in Practice, edited by Barbara Metcalf (2009), pp. 317-325, Princeton University Press
  15. E. Moosa, Genetically Modified Foods and Muslim Ethics, in Acceptable Genes, edited by Conrad G. Brunk & Harold Coward (2009), pp. 135-157, SUNY Press
  16. E. Moosa, “I modelli della tradizione: gli ulema e il concetto di normatività nell’islam contemporaneo” trans into Italian (Modalities of Tradition: The `ulama and the Concept of Legitimacy in Modern Islam), in Le religioni e il mondo moderno a cura di Giovanni Filoramo iii Islam, edited by Roberto Tottolli (2009), pp. 514-522, Torino:Giulio Einaudi editore s.p.a.
  17. with Aaron L. Mackler, Allen Verhey, Anne Carolyn Klein & Kurt Peters, Spiritual and Religious Concepts of Nature, in Altering Naure: Concepts of 'Nature' and the 'Natural' in Biotechnology Debates, edited by Lustig, B.A., Brody, B.A., McKenny, G.P., vol. 97 no. 1 (2008), pp. 13-62, Springer, ISBN 978-1-4020-6920-
  18. E. Moosa, Social Change, in The Islamic World (Routledge Worlds), edited by Andrew Rippin (2008), pp. 565-575, ISBN # ISBN-10: 0415366461 # ISBN-13: 978-0415366465
  19. E. Moosa, Neuropolitics and the Body, in Religion and Society: An Agenda for the 21st Century, edited by Gerrie ter Haar & Yoshio Tsuruoka (Fall, 2007), pp. 47-59, Brill, ISBN 9789004161238
  20. E. Moosa, Transitions in the 'Progress' of Civilization: Theorizing History, Practice, and Tradition, in Voices of Change, Voices of Islam, edited by Omid Safi & Vincent J. Cornell (Spring, 2007), pp. 115-130, Praeger
  21. The Unbearable Intimacy of Language and Thought: Aporetic Discourses in Imagining Religion in Islam, in How Should We Talk About Religion, edited by James Boyd White (2005), University of Notre Dame Press
  22. Qadi, in Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, edited by Richard Martin (2004), New York: Macmillan Reference USA
  23. Muslim Ethics, in Blackwell Encyclopedia of Ethics, edited by William Schweiker (2004), Blackwell
  24. Ethics and Social Issues, in Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, edited by Richard Martin, vol. 1 (2004), pp. 224-231, New York: Macmillan Reference USA
  25. Loyalty, in Encyclopaedia of the Qur’an, edited by Jane Dammen McAuliffe, vol. 3 (2003), pp. 237-242, Leiden & Boston: Brill
  26. Sunni and Shi‘a, in Encyclopedia of Ethics, edited by Lawrence C. Becker & Charlotte C. Becker, vol. 3 P-W (2001), pp. 1579-1580; 1672-1673, Routledge
  27. Tensions in Legal and Religious Values in the 1996 South African Constitution, in Beyond Rights Talk and Culture Talk: Comparative Essays on the Politics of Rights and Culture, edited by Mahmood Mamdani (2000), pp. 121-135, Cape Town: David Philip Publishers


  1. Ebrahim Moosa, Islamic Reform or Designer Fundamentalism? Review Essay of Tariq Ramadan’s Western Muslims and the Future of Islam (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003), Georgetown Journal of International Affairs (Winter, 2006), pp. 139-144
  2. E. Moosa, Vartan Gregorian: Islam: A Mosaic, Not a Monolith. Brookings Institution Press, 2003, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. 74 no. 4 (2006)
  3. Abdolkarim Soroush, Reason, Freedom, & Democracy in Islam: Essential Writings of Abdolkarim Soroush (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000), Iranian Studies: Bulletin of the Society for Iranian Cultural and Social Studies, vol. 37 no. 3 (September, 2004), pp. 547-552
  4. Muhammad Sa'id al-Ashmawy, "Against Islamic Extremism: The Writings of Muhammad Sa'id al-'Ashmawy, edited by Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban, International Journal of Middle East Studies (forthcoming), Gainesville, Florida: University Press of Florida, 1998
  5. Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee, "Theories of Islamic Law (Islamic Research Institute & International Institute of Islamic Thought), Journal for Islamic Studies, vol. 18-19 (1998/1999), pp. 132-139
  6. Abdullah Saeed: Islamic Banking and Interest (Leiden: Brill 1996), Reigious Studies Review, vol. 26 (2000), pp. 290, Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1996
  7. Islam in Europe: The Politics of Religion and Community, edited by Steven Vertovec & Ceri Peach, Politikon, vol. 27 no. 1 (2000), pp. 167-170, London/New York: Macmillan Press and St. Martin's Press, 1997
  8. Brannon Wheeler, "Applying the Canon in Islam, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. 67 no. 4 (December, 1999), Albany, NY: State University of New York, 1996

Op Ed Pieces

  1. E. Moosa, Inside the Madrasa: A Personal History, Boston Review (January, 2007)
  2. Law is Meant for Mortals, Does Islamic Law advocate Polygamy or Monogamy, New Straits Times (Malaysia) (April 13, 2003)
  3. Iraq Invasion is First Crusade of the 21st Century, New Straits Times (Malaysia) (March 21, 2003)
  4. Bush's War Against Islam is Real, Herald-Sun (December 17, 2002) (Reprinted in several Knight Ridder publications.)
  5. Unfair to Direct Blame at Islam, Atlanta Journal-Constitution (November 7, 2002)
  6. Muslims Must not be Apologists for Terror, Atlanta Journal-Constitution (October 14, 2001)
  7. Ebrahim Moosa, Bush’s War Against Islam is Real, Herald-Sun (December 17, 2002) (reprinted in several Knight Ridder publications.)
  8. Ebrahim Moosa, Unfair to Direct Blame at Islam, Atlanta Journal-Constitution (November 7, 2002)
  9. Muslims Must not be Apologists for Terror, Atlanta Journal-Constitution (October 14, 2001)


  1. Ebrahim Moosa, Entries on topics related to Islam in South Africa, “People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad),” “Muslim Youth Movement,” “Call of Islam”, in Oxford Dictionary of Islam, edited by John Esposito (2003), Oxford University Press
  2. E. Moosa, "Issues in Muslim Bioethics" (October, 2002) (American Society for Bioethics and Humanities in Baltimore.)
  3. E. Moosa, "Notion of the Other in Muslim Theology" (February, 2000) (Sawyer Seminar on "Hatred: Encountering the Other" University of Chicago.)
  4. E. Moosa, "Implications of Language in the Reconstruction of Islamic Law and Theology" (February, 2000) (Mini-conference on Islamic Theology, Emory University, Atlanta.)
  5. Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa- An Evolving Relationship, in Economist Intelligence Unit, Country Forecast 1st Quarter (2000), pp. 12-17

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