Muhammad Faruque

Muhammad Umar Faruque

Assistant Professor - Visiting

Inayat & and Ishrat Malik Visiting Assistant Professor

Old Chemistry Building

716E

A&S Romance & Arabic Languages & Literat - 0377

Professional Summary

Muhammad Faruque’s research lies at the intersection of religion, philosophy, and literature, especially in relation to the Islamic intellectual tradition. He earned his PhD (with distinction) from the University of California, Berkeley, and served as Exchange Scholar at Harvard University and as George Ames Postdoctoral Fellow at Fordham University. His forthcoming book (University of Michigan Press, 2021) addresses “what it means to be human” in a secular, post-Enlightenment world by exploring notions of selfhood and subjectivity in Islamic and non-Islamic literatures. Dr. Faruque’s work has been supported by the Ames Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Bestway Foundation, among others and has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed journals such as Philosophy East and West, Arabic Sciences and Philosophy (Cambridge), Brill Journal of Sufi Studies, Journal of Islamic Ethics, and Ancient Philosophy. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships, including a Templeton Foundation Global Philosophy of Religion Project grant.
      While his past has research explored modern and premodern conceptions of selfhood and identity and their bearing on ethics, religion, and culture, his current project investigates whether or not Sufi philosophy and practice---as articulated in the School of Ibn ʿArabī---support and foster an active engagement toward the planet's well-being and an ecologically viable way of life and vision. He is also at work on a book on A.I. and the ethical challenges of information technology.
      His interests and expertise encompass history and theory of subjectivity, Qur’anic studies, Perso-Arabic mystical literature, religion and climate change, gender hermeneutics, Islamic philosophy and ethics, and Graeco-Arabica. He teaches courses on Islam, Islamic humanities, religion and climate change, as well as on selfhood and identity in Islamic and contemporary thought.
 
      In his personal life, he loves gardening (plant life fascinates him), spending time in nature, travelling, cooking, and watching movies. He also has a passion for classical Indian (raag) and Persian music.

 

Education

PhD: University of California, Berkeley 2018 (Islamic Studies)

MA: University of Tehran 2014 (Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism)

BSc: University of London 2011 (Economics)

Research and Practice Interests

Qur’anic Studies
Religion and Climate Change
History and Theory of Subjectivity
Perso-Arabic Mystical Literature
Religion and Technology
Islamic Philosophy and Ethics
Graeco-Arabica

Research Languages:

Arabic (fluent reading knowledge in Classical and Modern Arabic; limited speaking)
Persian (fluent reading, writing, and speaking knowledge in Classical and Modern Persian)
Urdu (advanced reading knowledge)
Bengali (fluent reading knowledge and speaking)
German (advanced reading knowledge; limited speaking)
French (advanced reading knowledge)
Sanskrit (elementary reading knowledge)
Greek (elementary reading knowledge)

 

Positions and Work Experience

2018 -2020 George Ames Postdoctoral Fellow,, Fordham University,

2017 -2018 Exchange Scholar,, Harvard University,

2015 -2017 Graduate Instructor,, University of California, Berkeley ,

2017 -2017 Visiting Scholar,, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad,

2011 -2014 Research Associate,, The Iranian Institute of Philosophy,

Research Support

Grant: #7.16.18.123 Investigators:PI: Muhammad U. Faruque 08-01-2021 -12-31-2022 Templeton Foundation From the Divine to the Human: New Perspectives on Evil, Suffering, and the Global Pandemic 28,000 USD Active Type:Grant Level:International

Grant: #Global Philosophy of Religion Project Investigators:Faruque, Muhammad 08-01-2021 -07-31-2022 University of Birmingham From the Divine to the Human: New Perspectives on Evil, Suffering,and the Global Pandemic (backdoor proposal) Role:PI 0.00 Hold

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Faruque, Muhammad. “Sculpting the Feminine Self: Gender and Subjectivity in Ibn ʿArabī’s Religious Anthropology" .

Faruque, Muhammad. “The Paradox of Inwardness: Charles Taylor and the Invention of the Modern Self" .

Faruque, Muhammad. (2020. ) “Eternity Made Temporal: Ashraf ʿAlī Thānavī, a Twentieth-Century Indian Thinker and the Revival of Classical Sufi Thought.” .Brill Journal of Sufi Studies , , 9 (2 ) ,215–246.

Faruque, Muhammad. (2020. ) “Untying the Knots of Love: The Qur’an, Love Poetry, and Akkad’s The Message.” .Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies , , 5 (2 ) ,112-128.

Faruque, Muhammad. (2018. ) “Maʿnā wa manẓūr az metāfīzīk dar andīshah-yi Haydigar wa Mullā Ṣadrā.” .Ḥikmat-i Ṣadrāʾī , , 7 (1 ) ,117–128.

Faruque, Muhammad. (2017. ) “Does God Create Evil? A Study of Fakhr al-Dīn Rāzī’s Exegesis of Sūrat al-falaq.” .Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations , , 28 (3 ) ,271–291.

Faruque, Muhammad. (2017. ) “Heidegger and Mullā Ṣadrā on the Meaning of Metaphysics.” .Philosophy East and West , , 67 (3 ) ,629–650.

Faruque, Muhammad. (2017. ) “Mullā Ṣadrā on the Problem of Natural Universals.” .Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, , 27 (2 ) ,269–302.

Faruque, Muhammad. (2016. ) “Sufism contra Shariah? Shāh Walī Allāh’s Metaphysics of Waḥdat al-Wujūd.” .Brill Journal of Sufi Studies , , 5 (1 ) ,27–57.

Faruque, Muhammad. (2016. ) “The Internal Senses in Galen, Plotinus and Nemesius: The Beginning of an Idea.” .Ancient Philosophy , , 10 (2 ) ,119–139.

Faruque, Muhammad. (2016. ) “Mullā Ṣadrā and the Project of Transcendent Philosophy.” .Religion Compass , , 10 (1 ) ,3-14

Faruque, Muhammad. (2012. ) “Gender Inequality and Economic Growth: A Cross-country Analysis of the Muslim Countries.” .European Journal of Social Sciences , , 36 (1 ) ,90–98.

Faruque, Muhammad. (2011. ) “An Empirical Investigation of the Arbitrage Pricing Theory in a Frontier Stock Market: Evidence from Bangladesh.” .Indian Journal of Economics and Business , , 4 (10 ) ,443–465.

Faruque, Muhammad. (2009. ) “The Contribution of Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) on the Economic Development of Bangladesh.” .The Chittagong University Journal of Business Administration , , 22 ,191–220.

Invited Publications

Faruque, Muhammad. “Mullā Ṣadrā: The Four Intellectual Journeys (al-Asfār al-ʿaqliyya al-arbaʿa).” .In Global Philosophy: A Sourcebook, edited by M. Rustom. Sheffield: Equinox, forthcoming [2024].,

Faruque, Muhammad. “What is Life in the Islamic Tradition?” .In The Concept of Life in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, edited by Georges Tamer. Berlin: De Gruyter, forthcoming [2023].,

Faruque, Muhammad. “Sufi Metaphysical Literature.” .In Brill Handbook of Sufi Studies, edited by Alexander Knysh and Bilal Orfali. Leiden: Brill, completed and forthcoming [2023].,

Faruque, Muhammad. “Transcending the Ordinary Self: Mullā Ṣadrā on the Ethics of Human Flourishing.” .In The Bloomsbury Handbook of Islamic Ethics, edited by Jafar Mahallati. London: Bloomsbury, completed and forthcoming [2022].,

Faruque, Muhammad. “A Nietzschean Mystic? Muhammad Iqbal on the Ethics of Selfhood.” ..” In Mysticism and Ethics in Islam, edited by Bilal Orfali et al. Beirut: The American University of Beirut Press, in press [2021].,

Other Publications

Faruque, Muhammad. (2019. ) “Dil, Varlik ve Öznellik: Gerçekliğin Inşasi.” [Language, Being and Subjectivity: The Construction of Reality] Sabah Ülkesi (Cologne), 61 (Oct 2019): 29–33 .

Faruque, Muhammad. (2020. ) “Islam, Nature and Climate Change.” Origins CNS 50.1 (April 2020): 13–15 .

Faruque, Muhammad. (2020. ) “Doğayla Birlikte Yaşamak? İslam, İklim Değişikliği Ve Eko-Felsefe.” [Coexistence with Nature?: Islam, Climate Change, and Eco-philosophy] Sabah Ülkesi (Cologne), 64 (Jul 2020): 66–71 .

Published Books

Faruque, Muhammad. (2021. ) Sculpting the Self: Islam, Selfhood, and Human Flourishing .Ann Arbor , University of Michigan Press

Faruque, Muhammad. (2019. ) The Pen and the Tablet: Works by and about Seyyed Hossein Nasr through His 85th Birthday .Louisville , Fons Vitae

Faruque, Muhammad and Shankar Nair (2023. ) A Cultural History of South Asian Literature, Volume 3: The Early Modern Age (1400-1700). The Cultural Histories Series .London , Bloomsbury (Co-Editor)

Faruque, Muhammad. The Interconnected Whole: Sufism, Climate Change, and Ecological Awareness (in progress).

Book Chapter

Faruque, Muhammad. (2019 ) “Seyyed Hossein Nasr: A Contemporary Islamic Philosopher” The Pen and the Tablet: Works by and about Seyyed Hossein Nasr through His 85th Birthday .Louisville, Fons Vitae

Faruque, Muhammad and M. Rustom. (2017 ) “Rajab ʿAlī Tabrīzī’s Refutation of Ṣadrian Metaphysics.” Philosophy and the Intellectual Life in Shīʿah Islam .Bloomsbury, The Shīʿah Institute Press

Faruque, Muhammad. (2015 ) “The Current Situation of Sufism in Iran with Particular Reference to Philosophical Sufism.” Sufism and Social Integration: Some Observations .Chicago, Kazi

Faruque, Muhammad. “Sufism and Philosophy in the Mughal-Safavid Era: Consciousness and First-Person Subjectivity in Mullā Ṣadrā and Shāh Walī Allāh.” Sufism and Philosophy: Historical Interactions and Crosspollinations.

Additional Publications

Presentations

Invited Presentations

Faruque, Muhammad. “The Self and Human Ontology.” The George Washington University and Alkaram Institute, Washington DC, Dec 11, 2021 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Sufism: Islam’s Mystical Tradition.” Department of Philosophy, UC Clermont College, Batavia, April 08, 2021 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Who am I? The Labyrinth of Selfhood in the Islamic Tradition.” The College of Letters, Wesleyan University, Connecticut, February 24, 2021 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Is the Self a Modern Invention?” The American Philosophical Association. New York, January 9, 2021 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Transcending the Ordinary Self: Mullā Ṣadrā on the Ethics of Human Flourishing.” Islamic Philosophy Conversation Group Workshop. Bard College, December 18, 2020 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Islam and the Care of the Earth: A Response to Pope Francis’ Laudato Si'.” Interreligious Perspectives on Laudato Si': A Fifth Anniversary Celebration of Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Care of the Earth. Georgetown University, Georgetown, October 29-30, 2020 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “What is Life in the Islamic Tradition?” The Concept of Life in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. University Erlangen–Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany, September 24-25, 2020 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Selfhood and Being Human in Islamic Mystical Literature.” Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, August 13, 2020 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Care for Our Common Home: Jews, Christians, and Muslims Confront Climate Change.” Annual Spring McGinley Lecture by Patrick J. Ryan. Panel Respondent. Fordham University, New York, March 31, 2020 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “The Crisis of Modern Subjectivity: Rethinking Iqbal, Selfhood, and the Islamic Tradition.” Religious Studies, Syracuse University, Syracuse, USA, Jan 24, 2020 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Transcending the Ordinary Self: Self-Cultivation and Human Flourishing in Islamic Philosophy.” The American Philosophical Association. San Francisco, April 8-12, 2020 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Sufism, Science, and Philosophy in Islamicate History: Challenging the Myth of Islamic Decline in the Early Modern Persianate World.” Historical and Cultural Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, Dec 12, 2019 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Attending to Oneself: Muhammad Iqbal and Indian Philosophy.” Mind, World and Attention: Themes from Indian and Buddhist Philosophical Theory. New York University, New York, April 25-26, 2019 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Gollum and I: The Lord of the Rings, Islamic Mystical Literature, and the Practice of Being an Authentic Self.” Center for the Middle East Studies, Fordham University, New York, Mar 11, 2019 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Conversations in Islamic Ethics: A Discussion with Cyrus Ali Zargar about His New Book ‘The Polished Mirror: Storytelling and the Pursuit of Virtue in Islamic Philosophy and Sufism.’” The Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics, Louisville, Jan 3-6, 2019 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “The Problem of Selfhood in Islamic Mystical Thought.” Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University, Cambridge, November 01, 2017 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Finding One’s True Self: Self-Cultivation and Human Flourishing in Islamic and Neoplatonic Thought.” Comparative Studies Doctoral Colloquium 2017-2018. Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University, Cambridge, October 23, 2017 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “A Phenomenological Overview of Islamic Art.” Lecture Delivered in a Workshop Organized for K-12 Teachers. Stanford Live, Stanford University, Palo Alto, US. Sept. 26th, 2016 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Sufism versus Shariah? Shāh Walī Allāh on God, Existence, and the Nature of Reality.” Junior Scholars Lunch Papers. The Center for Middle Eastern Studies. University of California, Berkeley. Feb. 16th, 2016 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Islamic Identity in the West.” Panel Speaker. Delta Phi Epsilon, University of California, Berkeley Chapter. University of California, Berkeley. April 27th, 2015 .

Paper Presentations

Faruque, Muhammad. “Co-existence with Nature?: The Eco-philosophy of Mullā Ṣadrā.” Panel: Sufism, the Qur’an, and the Natural Environment, the Annual Meeting of The American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, TX, November 20-23, 2021 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “A Philosophy of Self in Islam, or an Islamic Philosophy of Self? What is the Difference and Who Cares?” The Annual Meeting of The American Academy of Religion, San Diego, California, November 23–26, 2019 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Sufism and Philosophy in the Mughal-Safavid Era: Consciousness and First-Person Subjectivity in Mullā Ṣadrā and Shāh Walī Allāh.” Sufism and Philosophy: Historical Interactions and Crosspollinations. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, April 26-27, 2019 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Finding one’s Authentic Self in a Secular Age: Ethics, Self-Knowledge, and Human Flourishing.” Philosophy of Religion Panel 1: Self-Deception, Authentic Selfhood, and Communal Recognition, The American Academy of Religion, Arizona State University, Arizona, March 2-3, 2019 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “The View from the ‘I:’ Self-Knowledge and First-Person Subjectivity in Suhrawardī and Mullā Ṣadrā.” The American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division), Vancouver, April 17-20, 2019 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “What is it like to be a Self? Subjectivity and Selfhood from Mullā Ṣadrā to Muḥammad Iqbāl.” Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität-UC Berkeley Konferenz 2018, Munich, Germany, Dec 13-15, 2018 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Sculpting the Self: Being Human through ‘Virtues’ and ‘Self-Cultivation’ in Islamic Philosophical Literature.” American Comparative Literature Association, Los Angeles, March 29-Apr 01, 2018 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “The Deconstruction of Self: Attention and Subjectivity in Islamic and Global Philosophy.” Virtues of Attention: Global Philosophical Perspectives.” New York University Shanghai, Shanghai, China, March 23-24, 2018 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Between Mind and Reality: Mullā Ṣadrā on the Problem of Natural Universals.” The Annual Meeting, MESA (Middle East Studies Association), Washington, DC, Nov 18-21, 2017 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Between the Centre and Periphery: Ashraf ʿAlī Thanvī, Modernity and the Problem of Selfhood.” The 32nd Annual Middle East History and Theory Conference, University of Chicago, Illinois, May 6-7, 2017 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Beyond the Essence-Existence Distinction: Mullā Ṣadrā on the Problem of Natural Universals.” The American Philosophical Association (Pacific Division), Seattle, April 12-15, 2017 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “Sufism and Philosophical Discourse: Shāh Walī Allāh on the Problem of Waḥdat al-Wujūd.” Scientific and Rationalist Traditions in Muslim India. University of California, Berkeley, October 22, 2016 .

Faruque, Muhammad. “The Islamic Intellectual Heritage in the Contemporary World.” Moderator. Al-Mustafa International University (Tehran Branch). Tehran, January 1-14, 2014 .

Event Organized

Conference Organizer. From the Divine to the Human: New Perspectives on Evil, Suffering, and the Global Pandemic.

Conference Organizer. From the Divine to the Human: New Perspectives on Evil, Suffering, and the Global Pandemic. Conference 06-23-2022 06-26-2022 University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Level:International

Event Co-organizer, “What Dr. King Still Has to Say to America: From Birmingham Jail, to Riverside, to Today.” A Public Lecture by Omid Safi, Fordham University, New York, October 23, 2019.

Event Co-organizer, “What Dr. King Still Has to Say to America: From Birmingham Jail, to Riverside, to Today.” A Public Lecture by Omid Safi, Fordham University, New York, October 23, 2019.

Panel Organizer, “Conversations in Islamic Ethics: A Discussion with Cyrus Ali Zargar about His New Book ‘The Polished Mirror: Storytelling and the Pursuit of Virtue in Islamic Philosophy and Sufism.’” The Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics, Louisville, Jan 3-6, 2019.

Panel Organizer, “Conversations in Islamic Ethics: A Discussion with Cyrus Ali Zargar about His New Book ‘The Polished Mirror: Storytelling and the Pursuit of Virtue in Islamic Philosophy and Sufism.’” The Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics, Louisville, Jan 3-6, 2019.

Conference Coordinator, “Scientific and Rationalist Traditions in Muslim India.” University of California, Berkeley, October 22, 2016.

Conference Coordinator, “Scientific and Rationalist Traditions in Muslim India.” University of California, Berkeley, October 22, 2016.

Organizer, “Yogis in Full Color: An Illustrated Persian Field Guide to Indian Religions.” A Public Lecture by Carl W. Ernst, University of California, Berkeley, Sept. 02, 2016.

Organizer, “Yogis in Full Color: An Illustrated Persian Field Guide to Indian Religions.” A Public Lecture by Carl W. Ernst, University of California, Berkeley, Sept. 02, 2016.

Workshop Co-organizer, “A Phenomenological Overview of Islamic Art.” Stanford Live, Stanford University, Palo Alto, US. Sept. 26, 2016.

Workshop Co-organizer, “A Phenomenological Overview of Islamic Art.” Stanford Live, Stanford University, Palo Alto, US. Sept. 26, 2016.

Honors and Awards

2021 -2022 Templeton Foundation Global Philosophy of Religion Project Grant ($27,000).

2020 Special Commendation, Ibn ‘Arabi Society Young Writers Award.

2020 Ames Foundation Grant, Fordham University ($18,000).

2014 -2018 The Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study ($137,500).

2017 -2018 Berkeley Dissertation Completion Fellowship Award (DCF) (27,500).

2018 Graduate Student Summer Grant in Religion, BCSR, UC Berkeley ($5000).

2018 Yusuf Hamza Abduljawad Student Fellowship, UC Berkeley ($3,500).

2018 American Comparative Literature Association Conference Grants ($1,000).

2018 Travel Grant, Center for Chinese Studies, UC Berkeley ($400).

2018 Mellon Foundation Conference Grants, CMES, UC Berkeley ($500).

2017 Andrew Mellon Research Grants, CMES, UC Berkeley ($2,000).

2017 The Graduate Division Travel Grant, University of California, Berkeley ($1,000).

2016 Alfalah Program Student Fellowship, CMES, University of California, Berkeley ($4,000).

2015 Townsend Lecture Grant, Townsend Center for Humanities, UC Berkeley ($1,500).

2015 CMES Lecture Grant, CMES, UC Berkeley ($1,000).

2015 -2016 Mellon Foundation Research Grants, CMES, UC Berkeley ($2,000).

2010 -2011 The Gillian Foundation Charitable Fund, UK ($1,500).

2010 Sydney-Perry Foundation Scholarship, UK ($1,500).

2009 Bestway Foundation Scholarship, UK ($6,000).

2008 International Excellence Scholarship Award, Royal Holloway University of London, UK ($15,000).

2008 The Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahayan Foundation Award: Office of Prime Minister, U.A.E ($5,000).

Service

Oriens: Journal of Philosophy, Theology and Science in Islamic Societies Reviewer 2021

Sophia: International Journal of Philosophy and Traditions Reviewer 2021

Journal of the Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi Society Reviewer 2021

Turkish Culture and Research Quarterly Reviewer 2021

Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies Reviewer 2020

Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies Reviewer 2020

Oriens: Journal of Philosophy, Theology and Science in Islamic Societies Reviewer 2020

Journal of Sufi Studies Reviewer 2020

Theory of Science Reviewer 2020

Gorgias Press Reviewer 2020

Journal of Islamic Ethics Reviewer 2020

Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy Reviewer 2020

Sophia: International Journal of Philosophy and Traditions Reviewer 2020

Journal of Qur’anic Studies Reviewer 2019

Journal of Consciousness Studies Reviewer 2019

Oriens: Journal of Philosophy, Theology and Science in Islamic Societies Reviewer 2019

Oriens: Journal of Philosophy, Theology and Science in Islamic Societies Reviewer 2019

De Gruyter Open Theology Reviewer 2018

Courses Taught

Foundations of Islam

Contemporary Arab Society (featuring films)

Religion and Climate Change

Religions of the Middle East

Sufism: Islam’s Mystical Tradition

Religion and the Making of the Self

Classic Islamic Texts: From the Qur’an to the Islamic Humanities

Faith and Critical Reason

Introduction to Islamic Civilization

Imagination without Limits: Mystical Thought in Islam

Contact Information

faruqumu@ucmail.uc.edu