Sami Al-Daghistani - Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Sami Al-Daghistani

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 on Islamic intellectual history, 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). He translated to Slovenian Ibn Tufayl’s Hay ibn Yaqzan (2016) and Ibn Battuta’s Rihla (2017). His recent publications are Ethical Teachings of Abu Hamid al-Ghazali: Economics of Happiness (London and New York: Anthem Press, 2021), The Making of Islamic Economics (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2021), and a co-edited special issue “Pluralism in Emergenc(i)es of the Middle East and North Africa” (Review of Middle East Studies, 2021).

Sami frequents between New York and Oslo for family and academic engagements.