Emad Bazzi received his secondary and tertiary education in Sydney, Australia, culminating in a PhD in Studies in Religion from Sydney University in 2003. The thesis was about Imam Khomeini and its title was (The Relationship between Mysticism and Politics in the Personality of Ayatollah Khomeini).
Starting in 2006, Dr. Bazzi was employed as Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Abu Dhabi University, teaching Arabic and Islamic Studies. The following two years Dr. Bazzi worked as Lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Leeds University in the U.K. (2007-2009).
Shortly before that time Dr. Bazzi developed an interest in the topic of Islam’s intellectual and institutional encounter with modernity. The product of his research in this topic was an E-Book entitled Islam and Modernity, commissioned by the Islamic College for Advanced Studies, based in London, and has been taught at that institution by Dr. Bazzi and other academics through Distance Learning since 2009. In the same vein Dr. Bazzi devised and taught two modules entitled Islam and Modernity and Modern Islamic Thought at Leeds University. From 2009 until 2015 Dr. Bazzi was employed as Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Khalifa University in the UAE. He continued teaching and research along the same lines. In that period, he published a number of articles in refereed journals on the themes of Islam’s encounter with modernity, Islam and Postmodernism and Turkey’s Dissonant Engagement with Modernity.
Dr. Bazzi has been associated with the Islamic College for Advanced Studies since 2003 teaching a host of modules related to Islamic Studies.
Currently Dr. Bazzi is engaged in research for a book project entitled Islam and the Intellectual Discourse of the Enlightenment.
Research and Publications
- “Islam and Modernity” (E-Book) Currently being taught at the Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London, UK online at the M.A. level. The module is accredited by British Universities.
- “Islam and the Deconstruction of Metanarratives: Epistemological and Sociological Implications” Asian Journal of Humanities and Social Studies, Vol. 3, Issue 1, 2015, pp. 66-73.
- “Postmodernism and Islam: Epistemological Challenges and Socio-political Perils”
Journal of the Rotterdam Islamic and Social Sciences, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Feb. 2014, pp.53-62.
- “Islam’s Unique Encounter with Modernity: Intellectual Discourse and Political Project” World Journal of Islamic History and Civilization, Vol. 2, Issue 1, 2012, 23-29.
“Turkey’s Dissonant Engagement with Modernity” Intellectual Discourse, Vol. 20, Issue 1, 2012, pp. 103-112.
- Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Quran by Asma Barlas. British Journal for Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 35, Issue 3, 2008.
- Justice and Remembrance: Introducing the Spirituality of Imam Ali by Reza Shah-Kazemi. British Journal for Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 36, Issue 1, 2009
- Secularism Confronts Islam by Olivier Roy. British Journal for Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 36, Issue 2, 2009.
- Islam and Dissent: AbdolKarim Soroush, Religious Politics and Democratic Reform by Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi. British Journal for Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 37, Issue 1, 2010.
“Ayatollah Khomeini’s Gnoseology and its Impact on his Political Worldview”, in Gnostic World. Routledge Publishers. 2018
Islam and the Intellectual Discourse of the Enlightenment
Education, Qualification and Training
2003 PhD School of Studies in Religion / University of Sydney
1987 B.A. (Hons.) Arabic and Islamic Studies / University of Sydney
1990 Level III NAATI Certificates in Interpreting and Translation in the Arabic Language
1985 Level III Diploma Conference Interpreting / Macquarie University
2003 – Current Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies (Online Teaching)
Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London, UK
2009 – 2015 Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Khalifa University, UAE
2007- 2009 Lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies
Leeds University, UK
2006 – 2007 Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies
Abu Dhabi University, UAE
1993-1995 Project Coordinator
Australian Arabic Welfare Council
1985 -1990 Sessional Interpreter / Translator
Australian Government Departments (various)
1985 – 1990 Conference Interpreter
Ten International conferences in Australia and overseas