Muhammad Faruque

Muhammad Umar Faruque

Inayat & and Ishrat Malik Visiting Assistant Professor

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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 and fellowships, including the prestigious Foundation for Iranian Studies Best Dissertation award. His interests and expertise encompass history and theory of subjectivity, Qur’anic studies, classical and modern Islam, Perso-Arabic mystical literature, religion and technology, 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, and watching movies. He also has a passion for classical Indian (raag) and Persian music.


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
History and Theory of Subjectivity
Classical and Modern Islam
Perso-Arabic Mystical Literature
Religion and Technology
Islamic Philosophy and Ethics

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