Previous Positions, Education,  Academic Honors, Fellowships & Grants, Editorial Boards and Consulting, Professional Societies:

PREVIOUS ACADEMIC POSITIONS:

2006-present      Boston College, Professor, Department of Theology.

1999-2006         University of Exeter, Professor, Sharjah Chair of Islamic Studies and Director of Graduate Studies and Research, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies.

1989-99:            Oberlin College:  Prof.., Department of Religion.

1988-89:            Temple University: Associate  Professor, Department of Religion.

1987-88:            Princeton University: Visiting Professor, Department of Religion and Department of Near Eastern Studies.

1981-87:            Institute of Ismaili Studies, Paris/London (including joint graduate program in London with McGill University, Institute of Islamic Studies): Professor, Department of Graduate Studies and Research.

EDUCATION and Related Honors:

HARVARD UNIVERSITY                       PH.D, NEAR EASTERN LANGUAGES
  CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS                                 AND CIVILIZATIONS, 1980

Major field: Islamic philosophy and theology; minor fields: classical philosophy, Arabic language and literature, Persian language and literature, .

Fellowships: Danforth Graduate Fellowship (1971-1978); Whiting Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (1978-1979); foreign research fellowships (details below).

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO          B.A., CIVILIZATIONAL
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS                                 STUDIES, 1971

Awards and Fellowships: University Scholar; President's Scholar; National Merit Scholarship; National Honor Society Scholarship; Telluride Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa; Goethe Prize (German); Goettler Political Institutions Prize; President's advisory council; General and Special Honors (summa cum laude) at graduation.

GRADUATE STUDY ABROAD:

IRANIAN CENTER FOR THE STUDY      RESEARCH ASSOCIATE,
OF CIVILIZATIONS, TEHRAN          1977-1978

IRANIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF      RESEARCH FELLOW,
PHILOSOPHY, TEHRAN            1975-1977

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO                CENTER FOR ARABIC STUDIES
    CAIRO, EGYPT                                              ABROAD (CASA), 1972

UNIVERSITĖ DE STRASBOURG                  GRADUATE STUDIES IN ARABIC
    STRASBOURG, FRANCE                                  & PHILOSOPHY, 1971-1972

ARABIC PROGRAM (U. OF TEXAS)                     FELLOW,
    CASABLANCA, MOROCCO                                   1971

RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS:

2006-2007Iran Heritage Foundation, British Academy, British Institute for Persian Studies: grants to organise major international conference (for April 2007) on The Poetry of Hafez and the ‘School of Love’ in the Islamic Humanities.

2004-2005Leverhulme Research Fellowship: full-year research grant for book on Ibn ‘Arabi’s political and religious thought.

2002-2003Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) Research Leave grant, for completion of book on Ibn ‘Arabi’s spiritual understanding of Islamic cosmology and eschatology.

1998Powers Traveling Fellowship (Oberlin College), for research and preparation of video film on pilgrimages, festivals and saints’ shrines (Muslim and Jewish) in Morocco, January 1998.

1992-93National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers: research on sources and interpretations of Islamic eschatology and its influence on earliest Islamic art and architecture.

1992-93Oberlin College Research Status Grant (internal, full year-long research fellowship and travel grant): for research on Islamic eschatology (same as NEH project above).

ACADEMIC HONORS and PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

World Book Prize (for Islamic Studies), 2007 (for The Reflective Heart...);Who’s Who in the World (2004-present); President, International Advisory Board, Rumi Institute (2005-present); RAE national panel Member (UK nationwide evaluation of Middle East and Islamic Studies centres and departments), 2005-2008; Dictionary of International Biography (2005-present); BRISMES (British Institute for Middle East Studies) [UK National Board member, 2002-2005];  Société Asiatique (Paris); Middle East Studies Association (North America); American Academy of Religion; Society for Iranian Studies; American Oriental Society; Société Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences et de la Philosophie Arabes et Islamiques; British Institute for Persian Studies; British Association for the Study of Religion; Institut Européen des Sciences des Religions; Muhyiddin Ibn ‘Arabī Society, Honorary Life Fellow.

Editorial and Review Boards; Dissertation Juries:

Associate Editor (member of editorial review boards) for Transcendent Philosophy: Studies in Comparative Philosophy and Mysticism; Journal of Qur’anic Studies; Fons Vitae publishers;  Journal of Islamic Studies, Journal of Shi’ite Islamic Studies.

Externalexaminer/member of Ph.D. juries and PhD thesis committees: Harvard University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, London), Université de Paris-IV (la Sorbonne), U. de Paris-X (Nanterre), of University of Lancaster, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Yale University, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Lancaster University, Hong Kong University of Science, International University of Berne, Temple University.  MA thesis reviewer for McGill University, Temple University, New York University.

 External invitedreferee/examiner for tenure/promotion/programme reviews (in Islamic studies and related religious studies fields):  Universiti Malaya (University of Malaya), Ohio State University, Oregon State University, DePaul University, University of Michigan, Washington University, Université Catholique de Louvain, University of Illinois, Haverford College, Pomona/Claremont College, IIUM (International University of Malaysia), SUNY (State University of New York). External examiner: MA in Religion and Conflict, St. Mary’s College (University of Surrey), College of Lewis & Clark,.

Outsidereviewer for: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), UK; National Endowment for the Humanities (individual grants and summer program proposals), Woodrow Wilson Center Fellowships (Washington, DC), Fulbright Fellowships (CIES), PICAS fellowships (GLCA), Belgian National Foundation for Scientific Research, CNRS (France), Marlboro College.

Outside manuscript reviewer (partial listing): State University of New York Press, Princeton University Press, University of Chicago Press, Routledge Kegan Paul, University of California Press, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, White Cloud Press, Journal of Religious Studies, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Journal of Islamic Studies, Studies in Comparative Literature, Pir Publications, Anqa Press, Fons Vitae and Archetype Press, Institute of Ismaili Studies, Transcendent Philosophy, Curzon, Princeton University Press, I.B.Tauris, Journal of Islamic Studies, McGill University Press. 

LANGUAGES:

classical Arabic, Persian, French, German; basic reading knowledge of Greek, Latin, Spanish, Italian, Turkish.