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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. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
B.A. in 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.


Prior to joining Boston College, Professor Morris held the Sharjah Chair of Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, and he has taught previously at Princeton University, Oberlin College, Temple University, and the Institute of Ismaili Studies in Paris and London. He has served as visiting professor at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris), University of Malaya, and University of Sarajevo, and he lectures and gives workshops widely throughout Europe and the Muslim world.


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


Prof. Morris serves on numerous international editorial, consulting, and examining boards in his fields. He currently serves on the Rumi Institute’s international advisory council as honorary Life Fellow of the Muhyiddin, Ibn ‘Arabī Society, former member of the RAE national panel for Middle East and Islamic Studies (UK), former national board member of British Institute for Middle East Studies, as well as a longtime member of the Société Asiatique (Paris), Middle East Studies Association, American Academy of Religion, Society for Iranian Studies, American Oriental Society, Société Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences et de la Philosophie Arabes et Islamiques, British Institute for Persian Studies, and the British Association for the Study of Religion.

Recent book-Length PUBLICATIONS

His most recent books include introduction and annoted translation of Kitāb
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); Orientations: Islamic Thought in a World Civilisation (2004); Ibn ‘Arabī: The Meccan Revelations (2002); The Master and the Disciple: An Early Islamic Spiritual Dialogue (2002), and several website volumes.


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