Nora Jacobsen Ben Hammed
Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Medieval Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Religion
Biography:Professor Jacobsen Ben Hammed’s research focuses on medieval Islamic philosophy with a primary concentration on 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 articles in such journals as Oriens, Arabic Sciences and Philosophy, and the Journal of Persianate Studies, as well as forthcoming book chapters in the edited volumes Mysticism and Ethics in Islam (American University of Beirut Press, 2021) and Women's Contemporary Readings of Medieval Arabic Thought (Springer, 2021). Her current book project addresses the eminent 12th-century Muslim theologian Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī’s engagement with the Islamic philosophical movement and his gradual development of a notion of a two-fold path to knowledge of God and thus of felicity of the soul through knowledge.
BA, Yale University; MA, Yale Divinity School; PhD, University of Chicago Divinity School. At Bard since 2019.