Sami Al-Daghistani (Ph.D., 2017 in Islamic Studies, Leiden University, co-supervision at Columbia University) is an Associate Faculty Member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, a Research Scholar at the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society in Oslo, Norway. His teaching and research focus on Islamic intellectual history, especially economic and environmental thought, and Islam and modernity.
From 2017-19 he was a Research Scholar at the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life at Columbia University, between 2017-18 a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo, and in 2014-15 a Lecturer at Leiden University. Previously he studied Arabic and Islamic Studies in Sarajevo (2010), Cairo (2011), Rabat (2013), and at the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University (2014).
Sami has published articles on Islamic intellectual history, and classical and modern economic thought in Islam, as well as edited two volumes on the Second Gulf War (2010), and on Middle Eastern culture and politics (2013). In 2017 he published two book translations from Arabic to Slovenian – Ibn Battuta’s Rihla and Ibn Tufayl’s Hay ibn Yaqzan. His forthcoming monographs are Ethical Teachings of Abu Hamid al-Ghazali – Economy of Happiness (under contract with Anthem Press) and The Making of Islamic Economics (under review with Cambridge University Press).
Sami frequents between New York and Oslo for family and academic engagements.