Moosa’s interests span both classical and modern Islamic thought with a special focus on Islamic law, history, ethics and theology. Dr Moosa is the author of Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination, winner of the American Academy of Religion’s Best First Book in the History of Religions (2006) and editor of the last manuscript of the late Professor Fazlur Rahman, Revival and Reform in Islam: A Study of Islamic Fundamentalism. He was named Carnegie Scholar in 2005 to pursue research on the madrasas, Islamic seminaries of South Asia.
Born in South Africa, Dr. Moosa earned his MA (1989) and PhD (1995) from the University of Cape Town. He also has a BA degree from Kanpur University, and a postgraduate diploma in journalism from the City University in London. Previously he taught at the University of Cape Town’s Department of Religious Studies in South Africa till 1998 and was visiting professor at Stanford University 1998-2001 prior to joining Duke University.
In his writings, Moosa explores some of the major challenges that confront a tradition-in-the making like Islam, in a rapidly changing world. Moosa examines the way religious traditions encounter modernity and how new conceptions of history, culture and ethics are generated. Dr. Moosa serves on several distinguished international advisory boards and is associated with some of the foremost thinkers, activists and role-players in the Muslim world and beyond. He advised the first independent South African government after apartheid on Islamic affairs and serves on committees of the Organization of Islamic Conference in addition to others. He also has extensive experience in human rights activities. He has received grants from the Ford Foundation to research contemporary Muslim ethics and issues of philanthropy in the Muslim world. For further details and access to research materials please visit Dr Moosa’s website.
As a participant in the Scholarship, Advocacy and Activism: Duke Faculty Perspectives on Human Rights series, sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Moosa discusses his involvement in human rights discourse in his native South Africa.