Syed Nomanul HaqHumanities and Social Sciences
Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Before joining LUMS, Dr. Syed Nomanul Haq taught at two Ivy League institutions, Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania, serving at both as a full-time standing faculty member. He completed his undergraduate degree in applied physics at Hull University in England, and then as a graduate student went to University College London to study history of science and philosophy, specializing eventually in Graeco-Arabic intellectual history which also included cultural studies. In the course of this undertaking he learned a number of modern and classical languages; among these are Persian and Arabic which he studied at London's SOAS. During the earlier stages of his doctoral research he was selected to go as a transfer student to Harvard: it is here that he did most of his dissertation work, having worked at times in the team of Nobel Laureate Sheldon Glashow. In 1990, London University awarded him the doctorate.
Dr. Nomanul Haq is General Editor of Oxford University Press series Studies in Islamic Philosophy and chairs an editorial committee of senior scholars from Princeton, McGill and New York University. He is an editorial consultant for several scholarly journals and was appointed in 2004 as Scholar-in-Residence and Project Director at the American Institute of Pakistan Studies; he continues to function in this position now in an advisory capacity. In 2000 he won the coveted Templeton Award; then, in 2004, the Pakistan League of America's Outstanding Scholarship Award; earlier being the recipient of prestigious grants from the American Philosophy of Science Association and Harvard University. He has been given the honor of delivering the Surjit Singh Annual Lecture at Berkeley, and now sits on the Doctoral Committee of Berkeley's Graduate Theological Union.
The American Academy of Arts and Sciences journal Daedalus; American History of Science Society; Isis; Harvard Middle East and Islamic Review; Nature; Encyclopaedia of Islam; all of these have published Dr. Haq's writings. He is also the author of numerous other articles as well as several books. His first book, Names, Natures, and Things, was published in two editions by Kluwer of the Netherlands. Most recently, he contributed two chapters to the New Cambridge History of Islam, the standard reference in the field published by Cambridge University Press, and wrote another chapter for a history of natural philosophy volume being published by Harvard University Press. His writings on Arabo-Islamic philosophy have been cited in the Philosophy Citation Index, giving him an international scholarly status in this research area. His other current interests fall in the domains of intellectual history, literature, history of science, and cultural studies including particularly the history of art.
MSc, University College, University of London
PhD, University College, University of London
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Classical/medieval intellectual and cultural history with particular reference to Graeco-Arabic, Arabo-Persian, and Indo-Persian traditions. Broadly: history of philosophy and of science in their cultural context; history of religion; and history of literature.
Currently working on philosophical and mystical texts (Farabi/Hallaj); historiography; literature (complete works and universal concordance of Faiz); issues of science and religion; and editing Oxford University Press' Studies in Islamic Philosophy.