Mohamed A. Moustafa

My research interests come at the intersection of Quranic studies, Islamic intellectual history, and Arabic literature. I am particularly interested, among other things, in how the pre-Islamic poetry can further our understanding of the Quran in its Late Antiquity context. I published my first peer-reviewed article in the NAZARİYAT Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences. I also published two contributions to Leiden’s series Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History, and two book reviews. These publications can be accessed at

An MA-Fulbright scholar, I also received a five-year PhD scholarship from MENAS, University of Arizona. In July 2019, I was awarded the National Humanities Center (NHC) Internship at San Diego State University. I participated in the Geneva University’s conference “Body’s Mind and the Mind's Body: Bodily States and Cognition in the Greek, Arabic, and Hebrew Philosophical and Medical Traditions” (April 2016). I also participated in academic workshops at the Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies in Cairo, the Netherlands-Flemish Institute & Utrecht University events in Cairo, the Institute of Arabic Manuscripts, ALECSO, and the U.S. Department of State/Fulbright in Washington DC. 

I taught Islamic studies in English at the School of Language and Translation, Al-Azhar University, for seven years and have been active in translation from Arabic into English and vice versa since 2006. While pursuing my PhD at MENAS, I assist with teaching courses offered by the department, such as the Religion of Islam, Islamic Civilization, History of the Middle East, etc. I also teach Arabic at intermediate and advanced levels.