Ahmad S. Dallal


Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies


Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies
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Ahmad Dallal is an Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Chair of the Arabic and Islamic Studies Department at Georgetown University. He taught at Stanford University (2000-2003), Yale University (1994-2000), and Smith College (1990-1994). He earned his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Columbia University and his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut. His academic training and research cover the history of the disciplines of learning in Muslim societies, including both the exact and the traditional sciences, as well as early modern and modern Islamic thought and movements. His books and articles are focused on the history of science, Islamic revivalist thought, and Islamic law. He is currently finishing a book-length comparative study of eighteenth-century Islamic reform entitled Islam Without Europe, Traditions of Reform in Eighteenth Century Islamic Thought. He has also written essays and delivered numerous lectures on the background and aftermath of the September 11 attacks.


  • Ph.D. (1990) Columbia University, Islamic Studies/NELC


  • Arabic (speak, read, write)