Aziz Esmail’s academic qualifications range across the humanities. He originally graduated in literature, followed by studies in philosophy and religion in which he was a lecturer, in the first phase of his academic career, at the University of Nairobi. While there, he helped to establish a curriculum in Islamic Studies in a world-civilisational framework, an area in which he has lectured as well as written. He later lived in the United States where he was associated with the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago followed by a fellowship at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard. During this period he pursued research in psychoanalysis and in the philosophy of medicine, a subject in which he subsequently obtained a diploma in London, where he remains an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is a former Dean of the IIS, and has been a Member of its Board of Governors since 1998.
Dr. Aziz Esmail