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).