Aziz al-Azmeh

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Aziz Al-Azmeh (Arabic: عزيز العظمة) (born 24 July 1947) was born in Damascus, Syria. He received a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from St Anthony's College, University of Oxford (supervised by Albert Hourani), having previously attended the University of Tübingen, and the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses (though latterly focusing on postgraduate teaching and research) across the whole thematic range of Arab and Islamic historical studies, medieval and modern, at the Central European University, the American University of Beirut, Yale University, Columbia University, the University of Exeter, Cornell University, the University of Oxford, the University of California, Berkeley (where he was the Sultan Visiting Professor), Georgetown University, and more recently at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations of the Aga Khan University.[1] He has served on the editorial boards of several academic journals, including the Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies. In addition, Professor Al-Azmeh has been invited all over the world for various conferences, talks, seminars, lectures and symposia.

Honours and Distinctions[edit]

1993 The Republican Order of Merit, for services to Arab culture, was conferred by the former President of Tunisia, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in May.

2005 An international conference was held at the Central European University, Budapest, to mark the tenth anniversary of the publication of book Islams and Modernities. The proceedings, papers delivered and transcript of discussions, are in preparation for publication.


  1. ^ Ruhr-Universität Bochum - Aziz Al-Azmeh, Prof. Dr.