Ali Hussain

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  • About

    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.

    Research Interests:

    • 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.


  • Education
    • Bachelor's Degree: Eastern Michigan University, Mathematics
    • Master's Degree: Eastern Michigan University, Artificial Intelligence