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Dr Feriel Bouhafa

Lecturer

Feriel Bouhafa is accepting applications for PhD students.


Biography:

Dr. Bouhafa received her Ph. d at Georgetown University. She has been the Lecturer in Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Divinity University of Cambridge since September 2017; before coming to Cambridge, she was a post-doctoral fellow in the philosophy department at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg where she joined the Research Project LIDIAC (an interdisciplinary contribution to the history of ideas centred on the disciplines of grammar, logic and rhetoric in Arabic-Islamic culture 800-1100), funded by the Excellence Initiative of the German state. She also held fellowships at Georgetown university in Qatar, the Orient-Institut in Beirut and the Centre of Middles East studies at Harvard University.

Her first book project entitled Averroes’ Philosophy of law and ethic, currently under preparation, identifies a philosophy of law in Averroes’ philosophical and legal works which not only assesses the epistemological basis of the Islamic system of knowledge but also admits the necessity of rectifying legal norms to redress ethical deficiencies stemming from the contingency of human actions.

 Subject area and speciality:

  • Islamic/Arabic philosophy: rhetoric, ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law and philosophy of language
  • Averroes and Farabi
  • Natural justice and natural law
  • Islamic sciences: usul al-fiqh, kalam, tafsir, balagha,

 

 

Research Interests

Dr Bouhafa’s interests lie in philosophy and Arabic sciences. Her research focuses on Arabic philosophical ideas and concepts in relation to their specific epistemological context, which emerged and developed either in relation to or in conversation with Islamic sciences. Her areas of research have been, the question of ethic specifically the concept of natural justice in Islamic philosophy, Philosophy of law by exploring the relation between legal reasoning and logical arts and finally the intersection between Aristotelian rhetoric and poetics and Arabic balagha. She is also working on exploring the questions of philosophy of language in Arabic thought specifically the discussion of the origin of language and ambiguity/polysemy in usul fiqh. More broadly she is interested in questions of political thought such as justice, rulership and legitimacy in Islamic intellectual history.

Research Supervision

Research Co-Supervision

Farah Jassat (MPhil): “An analysis of British Muslims navigating faith, politics and the end of the Caliphate: convergences and differences in late imperial England”

William Ryle-Hodges (PhD): “Muhammad Abduh’s notion of adab: Reformulating Social Virtues in Late Nineteenth-Century Egypt”

 

Dr Bouhafa is happy to receive applications for doctoral supervision in areas related to her research interests.

Teaching

TRIPOS (Undergraduate Teaching):

B15, C9, C1D and B1D.

Other Professional Activities

Other Professional Activities

In 2019, I will be running a conference entitled “Casuistry, Contingency, and Ambiguity: New approaches to the study of ethics in the Islamic traditions” with the support of Faculty of Divinity, CRASSH, and Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme.

More details will be coming soon through CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities) and divinity Faculty website.

 

Key Publications

Key Publications

  “Averroes’ corrective philosophy of law,” in Interpreting Averroes, eds. Peter Adamson and Matteo Giovanni (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018 in press).

“Rhetoric in the court:  Averroes on testimonial witnessing and oaths,” in Commenter la Rhétorique d’Aristote de l’Antiquité à la période contemporaine, ed. Frédérique Woerther (Leiden: Brill, 2018 in press).

“And He taught Adam all names: Ibn ‘Aqīl on the origin of language and its evolution,” in Philosophy and Language, ed. Nadja Germann (Berlin: De Gruyter, forthcoming).

  “The correlation between law and ethic in Farabi’s philosophy,” in Philosophy and Islamic jurisprudence, ed. Peter Adamson (Berlin: De Gruyter, forthcoming).

Moodle

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