Biography

James W. Morris

Introduction

James W Morris is currently Professor and Chair of Islamic Studies at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. He has previously taught at The Institute of Ismaili Studies in London as well as in its earlier Paris branch and in departments of Religious Studies at Princeton, Temple and Oberlin Universities. Professor Morris lectures and offer seminars and workshops extensively throughout Europe, North America and the Muslim world.

Professor Morris‘ interests in Islamic thought and religious studies date from his BA work at the University of Chicago. After further studies in Morocco, Egypt and France, he completed his PhD work at Harvard University and did advanced research at the Academy of Islamic Philosophy in Tehran.

His most recent publications include Orientations: Islamic Thought in a World Civilisation (El-Kalem, 2001), The Master and the Disciple: An Early Islamic Spiritual Dialogue (I. B. Tauris in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2001), Ibn ’Arabi: The Meccan Revelations (as co-author, Pirinfo-icon Press, 2002); forthcoming volumes include Spiritual Practice and Discernment: Ibn ’Arabi on Spirituality in Everyday Life and a translation and introduction to N A Elahi‘sKnowing the Spirit (Kitab Ma’refat ar-Ruh).