The Institute of Ismaili Studies

Dr Nuha Al-Sha‘ar


Biography

Dr Nuha Al-Sha'ar is a Research Associate in the Qur’anic Sudies Unit at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. She was awarded a BA in Arabic Language and Literature from the University of al-Ba’th in Syria in 2000 before joining the Institute of Ismaili Studies Graduate Programmes in Islamic Studies and Humanities (GPISH) in 2002, completing an MA in African and Asian History from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 2003. Her MA dissertation dealt with the issue of Human Rationality in Islamic Ethics.
 
She went on to obtain an MPhil degree in Educational Research from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge in 2004, joining the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in Cambridge in 2005, where she submitted a PhD on Islamic ethics and Political thought. The title of her PhD dissertation is “Abu Hayyan al-Tawhidi and Ethical Thought in the Fourth Century of Islam.”
 
Dr Al-Sha'ar’s current research interests include the social and intellectual history of Muslim political thought, particularly in the 9th – 10th centuries CE. She is interested in how udaba' or litterateurs used the Holy Qur’an to develop certain cultural concepts, which were later to dominate Arabic linguistic and literary-theoretical thinking.
 

Publications

Monographs & Edited Volumes (forthcoming and in progress)

Al-Sha‘ar, Nuha and Verena Klemm et al., (eds.), Sources and Approaches across Near Eastern Disciplines: The Proceedings of the 24th Congress of the Union Europeenne des Arabisants et Islamisants (UEAI), Peeters, Leuven, 2012.

Al-Sha‘ar, Nuha, Ethical Thought in the Buyid period (334/945-440/1048), The Institute of Ismaili Studies in association with I.B. Tauris, London, in progress and expected in 2012.

Al-Sha‘ar, Nuha and Alessandro Cancian (eds. & trs.) An Anthology of Qur’anic Commentaries, vol. III: Ethics and Society, Oxford University Press in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, Qur’anic Studies Series, London, in progress.

Al-Sha‘ar, Nuha (ed.), Qur’an and Adab Traditions, Oxford University Press in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, Qur’anic Studies Series, London, in progress.

Book Chapters

‘An Analytical Reading of al-Tawhidi’s Epistle on The Classification of Knowledge (Risala fi al-‘Ulum),’ in Reflections on Knowledge and Language in Middle Eastern Societies, Bruno De Nicola et al., (eds.), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010, pp. 161-185.

‘Between Love and Social Aspiration: The Influence of Sufi and Greek Concepts of Love on the Socio-political Thought of the Ikhwan al-Safa’, Miskawayh, and al-Tawhidi,’ in Sources and Approaches across Near Eastern Disciplines: The Proceedings of the 24th Congress of the Union Europeenne des Arabisants et Islamisants (UEAI), Nuha al-Sha‘ar and Verena Klemm et al., (eds.), Peeters, Leuven, 2012, pp. 25-36.

‘Introduction’ with Verena Klemm, in Nuha al-Sha‘ar and Verena Klemm et al., (eds.), Sources and Approaches across Near Eastern Disciplines: The Proceedings of the 24th Congress of the Union Europeenne des Arabisants et Islamisants (UEAI), Peeters, Leuven, 2012, pp. 1-5.

Journal Articles (forthcoming and in progress)

‘Al-Sadaqa wa al-mukhayyila al-ijtima‘iyya ‘ind al-Tawhidi’, in al-Masar, the Yamani Heritage and Research Centre, in progress.

‘The Construction of Ethics in Qur’anic Commentaries: An Analysis of Classical Commentators’ Treatment of the Concept of Birr, in progress.

‘Knowledge-Based Groups in the Buyid Period: Curriculum, Practices, and Formation of Social Identity,’ in progress.

Encyclopaedia Article

Biographical Dictionary of the Muslim World, Mustafa Shah (ed.), entries for: ‘Al-Tawhidi’, ‘Miskawayh’, ‘al-Sijistani,’ ‘al-‘Amiri, and Abu Bakr al-Asamm’.

Other

‘Teaching Arabic Numbers’, on the website of the SOAS Language Centre, 2005 http://www.soas.ac.uk/languagecentre/teachers/resources/arabic/numbers/
 
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