Ebrahim Moosa

Mirza Family Professor of Islamic Thought and Muslim Societies, Keough School of Global Affairs, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and Department of History

Ebrahim  Moosa

1010 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (574) 631-1204
Fax: (574) 631-6973

Areas of expertise: Global religion and human development; classical and modern Islamic thought

Ebrahim Moosa (Ph.D. University of Cape Town 1995) is Professor of Islamic Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and in Notre Dame’s Department of History. 

Professor Moosa also is a senior faculty member in the Keough School of Global Affairs, helping to lead the School's new initiative in Global Religion and Human Development.

Moosa co-directs, with Scott Appleby and Atalia Omer, Contending Modernities, the global research and education initiative examining the interaction among Catholic, Muslim, and other religious and secular forces in the world. Moosa came to 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).

Moosa’s interests span both classical and modern Islamic thought with a special focus on Islamic law, history, ethics and theology. He 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.

In 2005 Moosa was named a Carnegie Scholar to pursue research on Islamic seminaries of South Asia. His book What Is a Madrasa? was published in March 2015 by the University of North Carolina Press.

His publications also include the co-edited 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).

Born in South Africa, Moosa earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cape Town. Prior to that he earned a degree in Islamic and Arabic studies from Darul Ulum Nadwatul `Ulama in Lucknow, India. He also has a B.A. degree from Kanpur University and a postgraduate diploma in journalism from the City University in London.

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Recent Work

Fighting for religious understanding

Moosa and Mirza to lead Madrasa Discourses winter intensive in Qatar

Professor launches project to advance scientific and theological literacy among madrasa graduates in India

Diffused Congruence: The American Muslim Experience (New Books Network interview on What Is a Madrasa?) (58:58)

Critical Islam: Beyond Apologia (Norton Anthology of World Religions

Moosa, Ebrahim. New Territories,” Critical Muslim 36: Destinations, ed. Ziauddin Sardar (Autumn 2020), Muslim Institute & Hurst Publishers, pp. 10-20.

Moosa, Ebrahim.Disruptions and Connections: Re-discovering and Re-making Muslim tradition,” in The Idea of Tradition in the Late Modern World: An Ecumenical and Interreligious Conversation ed. Thomas Albert Howard (Eugene, OR: WIPF & Stock Publishers, 2020), pp. 77-100.

Moosa, Ebrahim. "The Ethical in Shari’a Practices: Deliberations in Search of an Effective Paradigm." In Pathways to Contemporary Islam: New Trends in Critical Engagement, edited by Osman Mohamed Nawab Mohamed, 235-64. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2020.

Ebrahim Moosa & Nicholas Roberts, “Expressions of Political Quietism in Islamic History” Political quietism in Islam: Sunni and Shi'i Practice and Thought (King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies Series) edited by Saud Al-Sarhan (London: I.B. Tauris, 2020).

Moosa, Ebrahim, Powers, Gerard, and R. Scott Appleby. “The Role of Religious Engagement in Implementing the Global Fragility Act.” 21 Sep. 2020. 

Blog post: “Secularism’s Prisoners,” Contending Modernities, blog, 10 December 2020

Moosa, Ebrahim. 2021. “Foreward.” In Medicine and Shariah: A Dialogue in Islamic Bioethics, Edited by Aasim I. Padela. Notre Dame Press.

Moosa, Ebrahim. 2021. “Considering Being and Knowing in an Age of Techno-Science.” In Medicine and Shariah: A Dialogue in Islamic Bioethics, Edited by Aasim I. Padela, 87–119. Notre Dame Press.

Havea, J., Tomlinson, M., Al-Azem, T., Rasanayagam, J., Juewei, V., Mair, J., Bongmba, E.K., Haynes, N., Lamb, R., Sivakumar, D., Furani, K. and Moosa, E. (2022), Dialogues: anthropology and theology. J R Anthropol Inst. https://doi-org.proxy.library.nd.edu/10.1111/1467-9655.13667

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