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Raeesah Akhtar


I received my BA in Arabic and History from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), during which I studied in Amman for a year.

Subject groups/Research projects

Arabic & Persian Studies:

Research Interests

Broadly, I am interested in the intellectual history of the Islamic world. My undergraduate research focused upon the translation movement and its motivations within a climate of increasing intellectual consciousness. This has led me to exploring the concept of knowledge in Islam. More specifically, divine knowledge and its understanding in early Shī’ah and Ṣūfī tafsīr literature.