Assistant Professor
Religious Studies

Education

Ph.D., Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, expected 2015
M.A., Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, 2007
B.A., Rutgers University, 2003

Research Interests

Islamic law, theology/philosophy, exegesis and history; Sunni-Shi'i relations and sectarianism; philosophical theology and philosophy of religion; historiography and philosophy of history; modernity and the nation-state; the concept of tradition

Regional and Thematic Interests

West Asia/Middle East
Religion; History

Profile

Aun Hasan Ali joined the Department of Religious Studies in 2015. He works on the Islamic tradition. Ali studied Religion and Philosophy at Rutgers University, receiving his BA in 2003. That same year he travelled to Yemen to continue studying Arabic. He earned an MA in Islamic Studies from McGill University in 2007, and will receive his PhD in Islamic Studies from McGill University in 2015. 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

Selected Publications

Forthcoming 2015. “Abū al-Ḥasan Jilveh” in Philosophical traditions in Qajar Iran. Translator.

“Legal Theory: Classical Shiʿite” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law.

“Legal Theory: Modern Shiʿite” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law.

2011. “The discourse on ʿilm al-waḍʿ in modern Shīʿī scholarship.” Islamic Studies 50, no. 3-4: 325-345.