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Ali, Aun Hasan Assistant Professor

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  • Aun Hasan Ali's research focuses on the intellectual history of Shi'ism, including both the pre-modern and modern periods. In particular, he is interested in studying Shi'ism through the lens of the concept of tradition and social network theory. Ali is also interested in Shi'i law and legal theory, especially the interplay between shariah and legislation. His current project examines intellectual life in the city of Hillah in southern Iraq in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries CE. Ali is also preparing the final draft of an article in which he examines the relationship between Sunnism and Shi'ism through the lens of the issue of documentary evidence in Islamic law. His recent publications include a translation of a Persian chapter about the Qajar philosopher Abu'l-Hasan Jilveh in Philosophical traditions in Qajar Iran, set to be published by Brill in 2015, and two articles on Shi'i legal theory, classical and modern, in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law.

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  • islam, islamic history, shi'ism, iraq, iran, islamic law, islamic theology, islamic philosophy, islamic jurisprudence, quran, hillah, ilkhanid history, intellectual history, social history, abbasid history, islamic intellectual traditions, shi'i hadith, tradition

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Teaching

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  • RLST 1620 - Religious Dimension in Human Experience
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Studies religion as individual experience and social phenomenon. Examines varieties of religious language (symbol, myth, ritual, scripture) and of religious experience (Asian, Western, archaic).
  • RLST 2202 - Islam
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Introduces students to foundational Islamic concepts, texts, core practices, historical narratives and intellectual, spiritual and literary traditions. Topics covered include: the figure of Muhammad; the Quran; the emergence of distinct Muslim identities; Hadith; Sharia; Islamic theology; Islamic philosophy; science in Islamic civilization; Islamic mysticism; the impact of colonialism and modernity on the Muslim world; gender and sexuality; political Islam.
  • RLST 3040 - The Quran
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Explores the Quran from multiple perspectives including literary criticism, ethnomusicology, translation, history, paleaography, classical exegesis, Feminist Studies, Judicial interpretation, Islamic philosophy, materiality, Islamic law, spirituality, hip-hop and Jihadism.
  • RLST 4810 - Honors Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Students write an honors thesis based on independent research under the direction of a faculty member. Required for students who elect departmental honors.
  • RLST 4820 - Interdisciplinary Seminar on Religion
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Variable topics in religion, drawing from a variety of disciplines and methodologies as they shed light on specific traditions and issues. Recommended requisite: 6 credit hours of religious studies at any level or instructor consent. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours as topics change. Same as RLST 5820.
  • RLST 5820 - Interdisciplinary Seminar on Religion
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Variable topics in religion, drawing from a variety of disciplines and methodologies as they shed light on specific traditions and issues. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours as topics change. Same as RLST 4820.
  • RLST 6945 - Portfolio: Non-Thesis Option
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Course work finished or in the last semester. May be repeated up to 4 total credit hours.

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