SOAS University of London

Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Mustafa Shah

BA, PhD (London)
  • Overview
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Expertise
  • Publications

Overview

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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Middle East

Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies

London Middle East Institute (LMEI)

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Name:
Dr Mustafa Shah
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020 7898 4341
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Russell Square: College Buildings
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Thursdays 11.30am-12.30pm/Email for an appointment

Biography

Mustafa Shah studied for his BA in Arabic with Linguistics at SOAS. He later completed his PhD in Islamic Studies with a thesis entitled Religious Orthodoxy and the Development of Arabic Linguistic Thought in 1997, which was supervised by the late A.K. Irvine.  He was appointed a lecturer in Islamic Studies at SOAS in 2002, having previously taught in the Department of Religions and the Near and Middle East Department. His interests include early Islamic literary texts; the history of the Arabic linguistic tradition; the literature of qirāʾāt; classical exegesis; traditionalist theological discourses and hadith studies and law.  He has edited two major collections on exegesis and hadith and is currently working on monographs on classical exegesis for (EUP) and a further one on classical linguistic thought. In addition to editing a biographical dictionary of classical Islamic civilisation and culture he is currently working on the edition of the Oxford Handbook of Qur’anic Studies with Professor Haleem. Among his on-going projects are a study of the medieval treatise on the principles of law by Ibn Qudāma, Rawdat al-Nāẓir, and the editing of an Ash’arite theological treatise. He also edits a book series entitled Themes in Qur’anic Studies.

Teaching

Programmes Convened
Courses Taught
PhD Students supervised
  • Kamal Hussain, Epistemological Congruence of Modernist Thought: a Case Study of Minority Fiqh and Other Related Matters
  • Yakoob Ahmed, The Role of the Ottoman Ulama in the Second Constitutional Period During the Parliamentary Elections of 1908 -1912

Research

The early Arabic linguistic tradition; classical Islamic theology and jurisprudence

Expertise

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Available for
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Short Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • Near and Middle East
Country Expertise
Languages
  • Arabic

Publications

Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Shah, Mustafa, ed. (2013) Tafsir: Interpreting the Qur'an. Critical Concepts in Islamic Studies. London: Routledge. (Critical Concepts in Islamic Studies, v.4)

Shah, Mustafa, ed. (2009) The Hadith: Critical Concepts in Islamic Studies. London: Routledge. (Critical Concepts in Islamic Studies)

Book Chapters

Shah, Mustafa (2011) 'Ḥadīṯ, Language of.' In: Edzard, Lutz and de Jong, Rudolf, (eds.), Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics. Managing Editors Online Edition. E. J. Brill, pp. 10-32.

Shah, Mustafa (2008) 'The Arabic Language.' In: Rippin, A., (ed.), The Islamic World. New York; London: Routledge, pp. 261-277.

Shah, Mustafa (2008) 'Entry on qira’at (Qur’anic readings).' In: Versteegh, K., (ed.), Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics. Vol. 4. Leiden: E.J. Brill.

Journal Articles

Shah, Mustafa (2016) 'The Case of variae lectiones in Classical Islamic Jurisprudence: Grammar and the Interpretation of Law.' International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique), 29 (1). pp. 1-27.

Shah, Mustafa (2015) 'Kalām: rational expressions of medieval theological thought.' Encyclopedia of Mediterranean Humanism [ Encyclopédie de l’humanisme méditerranéen] . pp. 1-49.

Shah, Mustafa (2013) 'Al-Ṭabarī and the Dynamics of tafsīr: Theological Dimensions of a Legacy.' Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 15 (2). pp. 83-139.

Shah, Mustafa (2011) 'Classical Islamic Discourse on the Origins of Language: Cultural Memory and the Defense of Orthodoxy.' Numen: International Review for the History of Religions, 58 (2/3). pp. 314-43.

Shah, Mustafa (2010) 'Review Article of Lawson, Todd. 'The Crucifixion and the Qur’an: A Study in the History of Muslim Thought'.' Journal of Qur’anic Studies, 12 (1-2). pp. 191-203.

Shah, Mustafa (2010) 'Arabic Language and Islam: An annotated survey.' Oxford Bibliographies Online: Islamic Studies, 1 (1). pp. 1-20.

Shah, Mustafa (2009) 'Review Article of Mourad, Suleiman Ali. 'Early Islam between Myth and History: Al-Hasan al-Basri (d. 110H/728CE) and the Formation of His Legacy in Classical Islamic Scholarship'.' Journal of Qur’anic Studies, 11 (2). pp. 93-119.

Shah, Mustafa (2007) 'Trajectories in the Development of Islamic Theological Thought: the Synthesis of Kalam.' Religion Compass, 1 (4). pp. 430-454.

Shah, Mustafa (2007) 'Review of Abdul Hakim al-Matroudi, 'The Ḥanbalī School of Law and Ibn Taymiyya: Conflict or Conciliation'.' Journal of Qur'anic Studies. pp. 330-346.

Shah, Mustafa (2005) 'The Quest for the Origins of the qurra' in the Classical Islamic Tradition.' Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 7 (2). pp. 1-35.

Shah, Mustafa (2004) 'The Early Arabic Grammarians' Contributions to the Collection and Authentication of Qur'anic Readings: The Prelude to Ibn Mujahid's Kitab al-Sab'a.' Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 6 (1). pp. 72-102.

Shah, Mustafa (2003) 'Review article of: The Qur'an: Formative Interpretation.' Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 5 (2). pp. 135-152.

Shah, Mustafa (2003) 'Exploring the Genesis of Early Arabic Linguistic Thought: Qur'anic Readers and Grammarians of the Kufan Tradition (Part I).' Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 5 (1). pp. 47-78.

Shah, Mustafa (2003) 'Exploring the Genesis of Early Arabic Linguistic Thought: Qur'anic Readers and Grammarians of the Baṣran Tradition (Part II).' Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 5 (2). pp. 1-47.

Shah, Mustafa (2000) 'The Philological Endeavours of the Early Arabic Linguists: Theological Implications of the tawqīf-iṣṭilāḥ Antithesis and the majāz Controversy (Part II) / ‮جهود اللغويين العرب المبكرة: الٲبعاد الدينية لنظريتي التوقيف والاصطلاح في نشٲة اللغة والخلاف حول المجاز [القسم الثاني]‬.' Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 2 (1). pp. 43-66.

Shah, Mustafa (1999) 'The Philological Endeavours of the Early Arabic Linguists: Theological Implications of the tawqīf-iṣṭilāḥ Antithesis and the majāz Controversy (Part I) / ‮جهود اللغويين العرب المبكرة: الٲبعاد الدينية لنظريتي التوقيف والاصطلاح في نشٲة اللغة والخلاف حول المجاز (القسم الٲول)‬.' Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 1 (1). pp. 27-46.

Book Reviews

Shah, Mustafa (2015) 'Review of: John P. Turner, Inquisition in Early Islam: The Competition for Political and Religious Authority in the Abbasid Empire.' Ilahiyat Studies, 6 (2). pp. 268-275.

Shah, Mustafa (2014) 'Muslim Exegesis of the Bible in Medieval Cairo. Najm al-Dīn al-Ṭūfī’s (d. 716/1316) Commentary on the Christian Scriptures. A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation with an Introduction. By Lejla Demiri. Leiden: Brill, 2013. Pp. xiv + 566. €158 (cloth).' Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 73 (2). p. 378.

Shah, Mustafa (2011) 'ETAN KOHLBERG and MOHAMMAD ALI AMIR-MOEZZI (ed. and trans.): Revelation and Falsification: The Kitāb al-qira’āt of Ahṃ ad b. Muhammad al-Sayyārī. Critical Edition with an Introduction and Notes. (Texts and Studies on the Qur’ān.).' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies . pp. 316-319.

Shah, Mustafa (2009) 'Review of 'The Oral and the Written in Early Islam' by Gregor Schoeler; translated by Uwe Vagelpohl.' Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 10 (1). pp. 98-128.

Shah, M.A. (2009) 'Book review of: Colin F. Baker. Qur’an Manuscripts: Calligraphy, Illumination and Design (London: British Library, 2007).' Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 11 (1). pp. 126-132.

Shah, Mustafa (2008) 'Philosophy, Theology and Mysticism in Medieval Islam. Texts and Studies on the Development and History of Kalam, Vol. I ; Early Islamic Theology: The Muʿtazilites and al-Ashʿarī. Texts and Studies on the Development and History of Kalam, Vol. II.' Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 10 (1). pp. 137-141.

Shah, M.A. (2007) 'Book review of Islamic Humanism.' Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 8 (2). pp. 139-142.

Shah, Mustafa (2006) 'MICHAEL G. CARTER: Sibawayhi. (Makers of Islamic Civilization.) viii, 159 pp. London and New York: Oxford University Press, I.B. Tauris, 2004. £9.99.' Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 69 (1). pp. 142-145.

Shah, Mustafa (2002) 'The Best Divisions for Knowledge of the Regions (Ahsan al-taqasim fi ma’rifat al-aqalim). By Al-Muqaddasi, Shams al-Din Abu ‘Abd Allah Muhammad ibn Ahmad, translated by Professor Basil Collins.' Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 4 (2). pp. 82-88.

Shah, Mustafa 'The Early Islamic Grammatical Tradition. Edited by Ramzi Baalbaki. The Formation of the Classical Islamic World Series. Aldershot: Ashgate, Variorum, 2007.' Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 14 (1). pp. 142-151.

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