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Dr. Abdul Rahman Mustafa

Dr. Abdul Rahman Mustafa

Zentrum für Komparative Theologie und Kulturwissenschaften (ZeKK)


Islamische Normenlehre

Postdoc - Post-Doc Shortterm Projekt AIWG Dynamics of Tradition

+49 5251 60-4451
Technologiepark 6
33100 Paderborn
Areas of Interest

Islamic Theology

Islamic Law & Legal Theory


Political Theology

Critical Theory

Dr. Abdul Rahman Mustafa
01.01.2017 - 05/2020

Selected Invited Talks and Conferences


2020                            From Ecumenical to Interreligious Dialogue: Islamic Perspectives.

Institute for Ecumenical Research Conference, Strasbourg.

2020                            Islamic and Post-liberal Politics: A New Ethical Formation?

                                    Wresting with Ethical Decisions Conference. Berliner Institut für Islamische Theologie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

2020                            Naming God.

Building Bridges Seminar. Tübingen.

2020                            Islamic Secularism? The Politics of Ritual in Ibn Taymiyyah’s Fatāwā

British Association of Islamic Studies Annual Conference. London. 

2019                            Gratitude, Gift and Sovereignty: Political Theology and Environmental Ethics in Radical Islamic Thought.

                                    American Academy of Religion Annual Conference. San Diego.

2019                            Invited Respondent to Gunning Lectures by Professor Peter Adamson. University of Edinburgh.  

2019                            Theology v. The Theologian: Reexamining Ibn Taymiyyah’s Critique of Shīʿism and Christianity.

                                    British Association for Islamic Studies Annual Conference. University of Nottingham, UK.

2019                            Negotiating Cosmological Instabilities: Conservative and Radical Possibilities in Islamic Political Thought.

                                    Religion, Politics and Critique: Comparative Political Theology. American University of Beirut.  

2018                            Environmental Ethics, secularism and the problem of in\gratitude.

                                    Gratitude: Hope or Burden? Workshop. University of Edinburgh.

2018                            Takfīr of the Shīʿīs Amongst Ibn Taymiyyah's Heirs: the Case of the Ḥadīth Folk of South Asia.

                                    Ibn Taymiyya and the Shia. Law, Authority and Learning in Imami Shi’ite Islam Project. University of Exeter.

2018                            Ibn Taymiyyah and al-Qarāfī on General Rules and Specific Exceptions.

Uṣūl al-fiqh Workshop. University of Exeter.

2018                            From Divine Law to Divine Attributes: The (Self-) Revelation of God in Islam.

Speaking of the One God: Divine Essence, Attributes, and Names in Christian-Muslim Debates. University of Edinburgh.

2018                            Transcending the Problem of Universals in Islamic Theology and Philosophy.

KALAM – Reframing Islamic Philosophy Inaugural Workshop. University of Edinburgh.

2017                            Meaning and Interpretation: Reading Traditional Islamic Thought in Light of Philosophy of Language.

                                    Reframing Christian-Muslim Encounter: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives. University of Edinburgh.


Postdoctoral Fellow - Faculty of Cultural Studies - University of Paderborn

15.08.2017 - 15.07.2019

Postdoctoral Fellow - Global Network for Christian Muslim Studies - School of Divinity - University of Edinburgh

15.08.2011 - 15.06.2016

Georgetown University. PhD., Arabic and Islamic Studies. Awarded Distinction.

15.08.2005 - 15.06.2006

University of Oxford. M.St., Modern History.


London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). LLB (1st class Honors).


2013                            On Taqlīd: Ibn al Qayyim’s Critique of Authority in Islamic Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Reviews: Yosef Rapoport, Journal of Islamic Studies, 25.3 (2014), 353-354; Livnat Holtzman, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, 26:4 (2016), 537-540; Joe Bradford, Comparative Islamic Studies, 2016.

Peer Reviewed Articles


2019                            “Ritual and Rationality in Islam: A Case Study on Nail Polish.” Islamic Law and Society 26 (2019), 1-45.

2018                            - “Ibn Taymiyyah & Wittgenstein on Language.” The Muslim World 108.3 (2018), 465-491.

                                    - “Ibn Taymiyyah’s Theological Ethics. By Sophia Vasalou.” The Muslim World, 108.3 (2018), 576-581.

2012                            - “Proof, Standards of” Oxford Encyclopedia of Islamic Law. Oxford University Press, New York;  “Pakistan” Oxford Encyclopedia of Islamic Law. Oxford University Press, New York; “South Asia: an Introduction” Oxford Encyclopedia of Islamic Law. Oxford University Press, New York.

2009                            “From the Hudood Ordinances to the Protection of Women Act: Islamic  Critiques of the Hudood Laws of Pakistan,” UCLA J. Islamic & Near Eastern Law 8: 1 (2008), 1-48 (Co-authored with Moeen Cheema).

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