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Dr Damien Janos

Ussher Assistant Professor of Classical Islamic Thought and Dialogue 

e: janosd@tcd.ie
t: +353 1 896 1297

Academic Degrees / Qualifications

PhD (McGill University) 2009

MA (University of Oxford) 2002

Background

After graduating from the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University with a Ph.D. dissertation on al-Fārābī’s metaphysics and cosmology, Damien Janos spent several years working as a postdoctoral researcher in several institutions in Germany (Ruhr-University Bochum, Georg-August University Göttingen, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin). His research and teaching during this period focused on Islamic intellectual history and on the reception of ancient learning in Islam.

Research Interests

Dr. Janos’s research deals with various aspects of Islamic intellectual history, with a focus on early or classical Arabic philosophy and theology and the transmission of Greek philosophy and science to Islam. He is also interested in Islamic religious exegesis (tafsīr) and in interfaith exchanges and dialogue, as well as in the intellectual contribution of Arabic Christian thinkers, a topic covered in his recently edited volume on Arabic Christian philosophy in Baghdad. He has published on various aspects of the history of Arabic philosophy and science, including metaphysics, cosmology, astronomy and astrology, and Arabic Christian philosophy. He is presently preparing monographic studies on Avicenna’s metaphysics and Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī’s philosophical theology.

Departmental and School Responsibilities

Head of Senior Freshman Year

Undergraduate Course Handbook Editor

 

Teaching

JF The Qurʾān and its History of Reception

JF Religion in Public: Great Speeches (co-taught)

SF/JS A Survey of Islamic Theology, Philosophy, and Mysticism (Sufism) from its Origins to the Modern period

SF/JS Classical Islamic Religious Thought in Dialogue with Philosophical, Jewish and Christian Sources

 

Recent Publications

Books

Ideas in Motion in Baghdad and Beyond: Philosophical and Theological Exchanges between Christians and Muslims in the Third/Ninth and Fourth/Tenth Centuries (Islamic History and Civilization). Edited by Damien Janos. Leiden: Brill, 2015.

The Place to Go: Circles of Learning in Baghdad in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries C.E. (Studies in Late Antiquity and Early Islam). Edited by Jens Scheiner and Damien Janos. Princeton: Darwin Press, 2014.

Method, Structure, and Development in al-Fārābī’s Cosmology (Islamic Philosophy, Theology and Science. Texts and Studies, volume 85). Leiden: Brill, 2012.

Articles

L’aristotélisme arabe/Arabic Aristotelianism. Encyclopédie de l’humanisme
méditerranéen/Encyclopedia of Mediterranean Humanism. Edited by Houari Touati et al.
CNRS funded project. Forthcoming.
URL = http://www.encyclopedie-humanisme.com/

Irānshahri, Abū ʿAbbās Muḥammad. Encyclopedia of Islam. Third Edition. Edited by Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson, et al. Leiden: Brill, forthcoming.

Al-Fārābī’s On the One and Oneness: Some Preliminary Remarks on its Structure,
Contents, and Theological Implications.” Oxford Handbook of Islamic Philosophy. Edited by Sabina Schmidtke and Khaled el-Rouayheb, forthcoming.

Philosophical and Scientific Learning in Baghdad, 8th−12th Centuries C.E.” In Baghdad
History of a City. Editoed by Jens Scheiner and Isabelle Thoral-Niehoff. Tübingen: Mohr
Siebeck, forthcoming.

Intuition, Intellection, and Mystical Knowledge: Delineating Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī’s
Cognitive Theories.” In Islam and Rationality: The impact of al-Ghazali. Papers
Collected on his 900th Anniversary, 2 vols, edited by Frank Griffel. Leiden: Brill, 2015, vol. 2, 189−228.

Active Nature and Other Striking Features of Abū Bishr Mattā ibn Yūnus’s Cosmology as Reconstructed from his Commentary on Aristotle’s Physics. In Ideas in motion in
Baghdad and Beyond: Philosophical and Theological Exchanges between Christians and
Muslims in the Third/Ninth and Fourth/Tenth Centuries. Edited by Damien Janos. Leiden: Brill, 2015, 135−177.

al-Fārābī. Encyclopedia of Islam. Third Edition. Edited by Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer,
Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson, et al. Leiden: Brill. Brill Online, 2015.
Reference. 08 September 2015
http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopaedia-of-islam-3/al-farabiphilosophy-COM_26962

Al-Maʾmūn’s Patronage of Astrology: Some Biographical and Institutional Considerations. In The Place to Go: Circles of Learning in Baghdad in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries C.E. (Studies in Late Antiquity and Early Islam). Edited by Jens Scheiner and Damien Janos. Princeton: Darwin Press, 2014.

 

 

 

 

List of Publications pre 2009


Last updated 8 November 2016 cathriona.russell@tcd.ie (Email).