Nora Jacobsen Ben Hammed
Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Medieval Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Religion
Biography:Professor Jacobsen Ben Hammed’s research focuses on medieval Islamic philosophy, primarily in the continued life of Islamic philosophy as it was absorbed and transformed in Islamic theology and mysticism. She earned her doctorate in Islamic Studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where her dissertation addressed “Knowledge and Felicity of the Soul in Fakhr al-Din al-Razi.” Her published work includes a forthcoming article on Fakhr al-Din al-Razi, an influential 12th-century Muslim theologian, in Arabic Sciences and Philosophy; a forthcoming encyclopedia entry, “al-Biruni,” in the Routledge Medieval Encyclopedia Online; and book reviews in Reading Religion, a publication of the American Academy of Religion, and Journal of Religion. She previously served as lecturer in the Philosophy Department at SUNY Purchase, where she taught courses including Thinking Race, Methods of Reasoning, Introduction to Islamic Philosophy, and Classical Buddhist Philosophy. BA, Yale University; MA, Yale Divinity School; PhD., University of Chicago Divinity School. At Bard since 2019.