Dr. Ahmad Dallal


Ahmad Dallal is provost of the American University of Beirut and professor of history in its Department of History and Archaeology. He joined AUB in the summer of 2009 from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he served as the chair of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies. His previous academic appointments were at Stanford University (2000-03), Yale University (1994-2000), and Smith College (1990-94).

Dr. Dallal’s scholarship focuses on the history of science, Islamic revivalist thought, and Islamic law. His most recent publication, Islam, Science, and the Challenge of History, which traces the historical delineations between scientific knowledge and religious authority in Muslim societies, is based on the Dwight H. Terry lectures that he delivered at Yale University in February 2008.

He received his BE (1980) from AUB’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, and his PhD (1990) in Islamic Studies from the Department of Middle East Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.

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