School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Dr Mustafa Shah

Key information

School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Senior Lecturer in Islamic Studies
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
BA, PhD (London)
Russell Square: College Buildings
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020 7898 4341
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By appointment:
Wednesday 10:00am - 11:00am
Thursday 12 noon - 1:00pm


Mustafa Shah has been based in the Near and Middle East Department for many years. His research interests include early Islamic literary texts; the history of the Arabic linguistic tradition; the literature of qirāʾāt; classical exegesis; traditionalist theological discourses, hadith studies and law.  He has edited two major collections on exegesis and hadith and is currently preparing monographs on classical exegesis for (EUP) and a further one on the history of Arabic linguistic thought. In addition to compiling a biographical dictionary of classical Islamic civilization and culture he worked with Professor Abdel Haleem on the Oxford Handbook of Qur’anic Studies and is separately editing a handbook on hadith. Among his on-going projects are a translation and study of the medieval treatise on the principles of law by Ibn Qudāma, Rawḍat al-nāẓir, and an edition of an Ashʿarite theological treatise. He is also the editor of two book series, Themes in Qurʾānic Studies and Monographs in Arabic and Islamic Studies.

Research interests

The early Arabic linguistic tradition; classical Islamic theology and jurisprudence

PhD Supervision

Name Title
Mohammad Radhi Bin Mohammad Noh The Aḥwāl (States) and Maqāmāt (Stations) of the Divine Journey: An Analysis of Imām al-Ḥaddād’s Thoughts
Mohammad Radhi Bin Mohammad Noh The Aḥwāl (States) and Maqāmāt (Stations) of the Divine Journey: An Analysis of Imām al-Ḥaddād’s Thoughts
Dr Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour
Yaser Almatrfi Transformations in the Attitude of the Ahl al-Ḥadīth School
towards the Engagement in Theological Polemics (Al Kalam)
Maria De Cillis The Discourse of Compromise: Theoretical Constructs of Free Will and Predestination in the Works of Avicenna, Ghazālī and Ibn ʿArabī. 2010
Dr Hannah Erlwein
Faizul Redhwan Karim Gender Relations in the Qur'ān
Ummugulsum Kurukol Riḥla: Interpreting the Islamic city through Muslim Travellers by revisiting the meaning of travel from the medieval period to early modern times.
Khadiga Musa A Critical Edition of a Twelve/Eighteenth Century Manuscript on Legal Maxims: ‘Umdat al-Nazir fi’l-Ashbāh wa’l-Naẓā`ir. 2010
Fatima Rashid The Qurʾānic arrangement of sūras: Continuity and progression in language and themes
Zhicheng Ye Ma'rūf al-Karkhī and Islamic asceticism in the context of early Abbasid society


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