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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

James W. Morris

theology department

James W. Morris


Stokes N439
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-0571
Fax: 617-552-0794

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Curriculum Vitae

Many of Prof. Morris’s articles and reviews are now freely available in searchable and downloadable .pdf format at


Ph.D., Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
A.B., Civilizational Studies, University of Chicago
Other graduate studies: Casablanca, Morocco; University of Strasbourg; American University of Cairo; Iranian Academy of Philosophy; Center for the Study of Civilizations, Tehran.

Research Interests

Islamic humanities (poetry and music), Islamic philosophy, Sufism, sainthood (walaya) and pilgrimage, the Qur’an, hadith, Shiite thought, and cinema in spiritual teaching. 


Encountering the Qur’an: Contexts and Approaches
Mystical Poetry in the Islamic Humanities
Prophetic Tradition: Exploring the Hadith
Remembrance of God: Liturgy, Devotion, and Spiritual Practice in the Islamic Humanities
Pathways to God: the Spectrum of Islamic Theologies
Introduction to Islamic Philosophical Traditions
The Religious Quest: Comparative Perspectives
Ibn ‘Arabi and the Akbari Tradition
PhD seminars in Islamic Philosophy and Spirituality in the Islamic Humanities

Recent Publications

Openings:From the Qur’an to the Islamic Humanities (upcoming).

Approaching Ibn ‘Arabi : Foundations, Contexts, Interpretations (upcoming).

Ma‘rifat ar-Rūh in Nur Ali Elahi's Knowing the Spirit (2007).

The Reflective Heart: Discovering Spiritual Intelligence in Ibn ‘Arabī’s "Meccan Illuminations" (2005).


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