About Me

Welcome to my Site

Scholarship, writing and reaching out to communities across the world are some of the things that give me fulfillment in life.  Here I will share with you some aspects of my scholarship in Islamic thought as well as give you my opinion about issues that interest me and updates of my most recent travels.

I teach Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana in the United States. Prior to teaching at Notre Dame, I taught in the Department of Religious Studies at Duke University 2001-2014 and at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town in my native South Africa from 1989-1998. Between 1998-2001 I taught in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University.

Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame

Brief Details

  • name Ebrahim Moosa
  • location Notre Dame, Indiana, USA
  • job University Professor
  • subjects Islamic thought, Muslim ethics, Studies in Ghazali, modern Islamic thought, philosophy, literature

Research Description

Ebrahim E.I. Moosa is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame with appointments in the Department of History and the Kroc Institute for International Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs. His interests span both classical and modern Islamic thought with a special focus on Islamic law, history, ethics and theology. His forthcoming book, What is a Madrasa? will be published in early 2015 by the University of North Carolina Press. 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 Muslim Self Revived: Ethics, Rights and Technology after Empire. He is also working on another book, titled Between Right and Wrong: Debating Muslim Ethics. 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.



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