Salimeh Maghsoudlou

Dr. Salimeh Maghsoudlou is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University. She specializes in classical and post-classical periods of medieval Islam with focus on Islamic thought, cultural history, and development of scholarly disciplines. Her research explores the interrelationships of Sufism, theology and philosophy and the social implications of scholarly practices. She is currently writing her first monograph tentatively titled Scholars on the Gallows: The Social, Juridical and Intellectual History of Apostasy in Medieval Islam. She is also a collaborator in the project “The Heirs of Avicenna: Philosophy in the Islamic East from the 12th to the 13th Century” (LMU, Munich).

She has a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from École Pratique des Hautes Études. In her dissertation on a sixth-twelfth century scholar, ʿAyn al-Quḍāt al-Hamadānī, she examined the way Ashʿarite theology and Avicennan philosophy were adopted and used to build a hybrid popularization of scholarly knowledge destined to the administrators in the Saljūq court.  Her dissertation was awarded the best dissertation of the year 2016 on a topic of Iranian Studies by the Foundation for Iranian Studies.

Her recent publications include:

“Popularization of Philosophy in the Sufi Milieu: The Reception of Avicenna’s Doctrine of the Origination of the Human Soul in ‘Ayn al-Quḍāt al-Hamadānī’s Writings” in The Popularization of Philosophy in Medieval Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, eds. L. Muehlethaler and Steven Harvey, Brepols (forthcoming).

“The Status of the Spirit in al-Mustamlī al-Buḫārī’s Šarḥ al-Taʿarruf: Case Study of the Interrelationships of Hanafite Sufism, Sunnī Kalām and Avicennism in the Fifth/Eleventh Century Transoxiana,” Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, 28 (2018): pp.225-255.

«Étude des doctrines du nom dans al-Maqṣad al-asnā d’al-Ghazālī et de leur origine théologique et grammaticale», Studia Islamica, vol. 112, No.1, 2017, pp.29-75


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