Mohsen Goudarzi

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Classic/Near Eastern Studies .
Rm 266 Nicholson Hall

216 Pillsbury Dr. SE

My research focuses on the intellectual and social aspects of Islam’s emergence, in particular the Qur'an's relationship to Late Antique literature as well as its textual history. I am also interested in various fields of Islamic learning, especially the sciences of exegesis (tafsir), theology (kalam), and law (fiqh). Currently, I am working on my first book project, which proposes a new reading of major elements of the qur'anic worldview, including the Qur'an’s conception of scriptural and prophetic history.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Harvard University, 2018.
  • M.A.: Stanford University, 2010.
  • Behnam Sadeghi & Mohsen Goudarzi, “Ṣanʿāʾ 1 and the Origins of the Qurʾān.”Der Islam 87 (2012): 1-129.
  • “Inspiration, Intellect, and the Interpretation of Scripture in Post-Classical Islam.” In Treasures of Knowledge: An Inventory of the Ottoman Palace Library (1502/3-1503/4), edited by G. Necipoğlu, C. Kafadar, and C. Fleischer (Brill, 2019), 267-308.
  • "The Ascent of Ishmael: Genealogy, Covenant, and Identity in Early Islam." Arabica 66/5 (2019): 415-484.
  • "Peering Behind the Lines." Harvard Theological Review 113(3): 421-435.