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Ahmed Alwishah, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Ahmed Alwishah

    With Pitzer Since: 2009
    Field Group: Philosophy
    Campus Address: Avery 210
    Phone: 607.7732
    Email: ahmed_alwishah@pitzer.edu

    Education:
    PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
    B.A., Baghdad University

Research Interests:

Islamic and Middle Eastern philosophy, Islamic theology, Islamic culture, Medieval philosophy, political conflicts in Iraq, and the intellectual culture of the Middle East 2003 War

Recent Courses:

Introduction to Philosophy (PHIL7)
History of Ethics (PHIL31)
Philosophy of Religion (PHIL52)
Islamic Philosophy (PHIL84)
God and Philosophy (PHIL96)
Islam vs. Islam (PHIL155)
Spinoza and Leibniz on Reality (PHIL186S)

Selected Scholarly Works:

"The Early Arabic Liar: The Liar Paradox in the Islamic World from the Mid-Ninth to the Mid-Thirteenth Centuries," Vivarium, vol. 47, no. 1 (2009). With David Sanson.

al-Tanqīḥāt fī sharḥ al-Talwīḥat: Refinement and Commentary on Suhrawardī's Intimations, A Thirteenth Century Text on Natural Philosophy and Psychology. Costa Mesa, CA: Mazda Publishers, 2003. Edited, with introduction by Hossein Ziai and Ahmed Alwishah.

Recent Conference Presentations and Invited Talks:

Invited speaker, Internet Revolutions, Pomona Student Union, Pomona College, Claremont, CA, February 22, 2011.

Panel participant, Informal teach-in/Q&A about Events in Egypt, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, February 11, 2011.

“Avicenna on Human Existence and Self-Awareness,” paper presented at the International Colloquium of the SIHSPAI: Philosophy and Science in Classical Islamic Civilisation, The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, United Kingdom, December 3-5, 2010.

“Avicenna on Divine Self-Awareness and Human Self-Awareness,” paper presented at the Annual Joint Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy in conjunction with the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science, Fordham University, Bronx, NY, October 15-17, 2010.

Chair, panel on "Windows on the Past," the International Society for Iranian Studies Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, May 28, 2010.

"The Study of Islamic Philosophy in the U.S.," lecture given at the Philosophy Department, Baghdad University, Baghdad, Iraq, January 12, 2010.

"Avicenna on Mantel Language," paper presented at the Annual Joint Meeting of the Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy in conjunction with the Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science, Fordham University, New York, October 16-18, 2009.

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors:

Blais recipient for teaching REL415: Philosophy and Theology of al-Ghazali. School of Religion, Claremont Graduate University, 2011-2012.

Additional Information:

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