Theology and Religious Studies Welcomes Ali Altaf Mian

Written by Laura Paskin
March 3, 2015

Ali Altaf Mian joins the faculty in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, effective September 1, 2015. Mian, whose research and scholarship focus on Islamic thought and Muslim societies as well as feminist studies, comes to Seattle University from Duke University where he has taught introductory courses on Islam. His doctoral dissertation was an in-depth study of the discursive formation of Muslim orthodoxy in colonial India.

Mian?s publications include "The Concept of Sunna in Early Hanafi Legalism" in the forthcoming book, The Concept and Evolution of Sunna in Early Islamic Thought: The Search for a Sound Hadith. His peer-reviewed articles include "Muslim Political Philosophy and the Affective Turn: Farabi on Language, Affect, and Reason" in the Journal of Shi'a Islamic Studies (2011) and "Mental Disability in Medieval Hanafi Legalism" in Islamic Studies (2014). He is fluent in Urdu and Arabic.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate major degrees, 37 minors, and 6 master's degrees.