Areas of expertise: World religion and human development; Classic and modern Islamic thought
Ebrahim Moosa (PhD, University of Cape Town 1995) is the Mirza Family Professor of Islamic Thought and Muslim Societies at the Keough School of Global Affairs and the Department of History of Notre Dame.
Moosa co-directs, with Scott Appleby and Atalia Omer, The Struggle of Modernities, the global research and education initiative examining the interplay between Catholic, Muslim, and other religious and secular forces around the world.
Moosa’s interests span both classical and modern Islamic thought with a particular focus on Islamic law, history, ethics, and theology. His book What is a madrasa? was published in 2015 by the University of North Carolina Press. Moosa is also the author of Ghazali and the poetics of the imagination, winner of the Best First Book of History of Religions from the American Academy of Religion (2006) and editor of the late Professor Fazlur Rahman’s latest manuscript, Awakening and Reform in Islam: A Study of Islamic Fundamentalism.
Other publications also include the co-published book The African Renaissance and the Afro-Arab Spring (Georgetown University Press, 2015); Islam in the modern world (Routledge, 2014), and Muslim Family Law in Sub-Saharan Africa: Colonial Legacies and Post-Colonial Challenges, (Amsterdam University Press, Spring 2010).
Moosa arrived in Notre Dame in the fall of 2014 from Duke University, where he taught in the Department of Religious Studies for 13 years. He previously taught in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town (1989-1998) and in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University (1998-2001). In 2005, Moosa was appointed Carnegie Fellow to continue his research on Islamic seminaries in South Asia.
Born in South Africa, Moosa obtained his Masters and Doctorate degrees. degrees from the University of Cape Town. He also holds a BA in Islamic and Arabic Studies from Darul Ulum Nadwatul `Ulama in Lucknow, India, BA from Kanpur University and Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from City University of London.
Policy document: Powers, Gerard, Ebrahim Moosa, and R. Scott Appleby. “The Role of Religious Engagement in Implementing the Global Fragility Law”. September 21, 2020.
Blog post: “The prisoners of secularism” (Modernités competitor, December 10, 2020)
Video: Fight for religious understanding
New: Professor Launches Project to Advance Scientific and Theological Literacy Among Madrasa Graduates in India