Lecturer in Islamic Studies & Partnerships/Research Manager
Shaykh Yasser’s research interests rest in two main areas: the tradition referred to as the ma’qūlāt(Islamic rational sciences), focusing on the related disciplines of ‘ilm al-kalām (philosophical theology),uṣūl al-fiqh(legal theory),manṭiq(Logic), and falsafa(Islamic/Arabic philosophy). His second area of interest is the western philosophical tradition, focusing mainly on areas in Metaphysics, Logic, and the history of Medieval and Modern Philosophy. After undergraduate studies in Philosophy, Shaykh Yasser read for a MA in medieval Arabic thought and is currently completing a PhD in Philosophical Theology at the University of Cambridge, with a thesis titledThe Onto-Epistemology of the Beatific Vision in the Classical Ash‘arī School. In addition, Yasser has spent more than a decade studying the Islamic intellectual tradition – privately with scholars, as well as in traditional seminary settings – in Damascus and Istanbul. He has previously held the inaugural fellowship in Islamic Theology at ISAR Foundation, Istanbul; was Faculty Lecturer in Islamic Theology at the University of Istanbul, and continues to supervise undergraduate students for the Faculties of Philosophy and Divinity at the University of Cambridge.