Assistant Professor of the Practice
Director of John Marshall Project
David M. DiPasquale studies the intersection between Islamic law and political thought in pre-modern and contemporary contexts; the transmission and recovery of Greek science by Arabic-speaking Muslims in the Middle Ages; and the political philosophy of Alfarabi, Avicenna and Averroes. In addition, he is interested in the relation between Islam and the West. Under contract with Cambridge University Press is his book Alfarabi’s Book of Dialectic (Kitab al-Jadal): On the Starting Point of Islamic Philosophy, which includes the first English translation of the full Arabic text. He has taught many courses, including Introduction to Islamic Civilization; Islamic Political Philosophy; Islam and Liberal Democracy; and the Political Philosophy of Alfarabi.
Alfarabi’s Book of Dialectic (Kitab al-Jadal): On the Starting Point of Islamic Philosophy. Including the first English translation of the full Arabic text. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, December 2019.
An Introduction to Alfarabi’s Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle. First thorough line-by-line commentary of Alfarabi’s foundational philosophical text. Manuscript nearly completed; “Statement of Interest” agreement signed on behalf of Cambridge University Press.
“Averroes.” For The Encyclopedia of Political Thought (ed. Michael T. Gibbons [Wiley-Blackwell]: 2015).
“The End of Aristotle’s Topics and the Beginning of Islamic Philosophy.” In La lumière de l’intellect: La pensée scientifique et philosophique d’Averroès dans son temps (ed. A. Hasnawi [Peeters (Belgium)]: 2011).
“Averroes’ Decisive Treatise and the Apology of Philosophy in Muslim Spain.” A “revise and resubmit” request from The Review of Politics. Submitted January 2017.
“Charles Butterworth on the Political Significance of Averroes’ Rhetoric.” Manuscript completed. To be included in Festschrift in honor of Charles E. Butterworth. Submitted November 2016.