Ph.D. Program: Islamic Studies
What brought you to UM: After finishing a master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence, Ali came to UM in order to explore the metaphysics of intelligence in Islamic thought.
- Islamic mysticism, particularly the life and works of the Andalusian mystic Muhyi-I-Din Ibn al-'Arabi and his perspective on Jesus.
- Comparative studies between Islamic mystical thought and those of the far orient (Confucianism and Taoism) and the dialogue between Islamic thought and these various philosophical schools in the region
- Contemporary Arabic Literature
- Social issues facing the Muslim minority in North America
- Mainly the challenges of cultural identity, integration, and isolation
Publications: “An Endless Tajalli: Historiography of Muhyi-l-Din Ibn al-'Arabi” in the Journal of the Muhyi-l-Din Ibn al-'Arabi Society.
Work experience: Previously a GSI for AAPTIS 100: Peoples of the Middle East and AAPTIS 262: Introduction to Islam.
Languages: Arabic (Modern Standard, Egyptian, Iraqi and Levant), English, French, German, Turkish.
Affiliations: Muhyi-l-Din Ibn al-'Arabi Society, American Academy of Religion and Middle East Studies Association.