Aziz Foundation Lecturer in Islamic Studies

Dr Najah Nadi is the Aziz Foundation Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Cambridge Muslim College and a visiting lecturer at Ebrahim College. Dr Nadi completed a DPhil from the University of Oxford in Oriental Studies, with a thesis titled Theorising the Relationship between Kalām and Uṣūl al-Fiqh: the Legal–Theological Hermeneutics of Saʿd al-Dīn al-Taftāzānī (d. 792/1390). Dr Nadi holds an M.A. in Religious and Theological Studies from Boston University and a B.A. in Islamic Studies from al-Azhar University.

She completed several years of traditional training at al-Azhar Mosque’s reading-circles, receiving ijāzāt in Shāfi’ī  fiqh (jurisprudence), uṣūl al-fiqh (legal theory), ‘ilm al- kalām (philosophical theology) and manṭiq (logic). Her research interests include: the history and development of Islamic law and legal theories; fatwas and fatwa institutions; Islamic intellectual history; logic and dialectics; professional ethics and exegesis of the Qur’ān. Dr Nadi has contributed to academic and professional projects covering some of these interests. She is a junior fellow at the Holberg seminar on Islamic history at Princeton University since 2015.