Salam Rassi

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

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I primarily identify as an intellectual historian with an interest in theological, philosophical, and scientific encounters between Christians and Muslims living in the medieval Islamicate World. I earned my doctorate at the University of Oxford in 2016 and have since held research and teaching positions at the American University of Beirut and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library. I am currently completing a monograph based on my doctoral research on the anti-Muslim apologetics of the thirteenth-century bishop and polymath, Abdisho of Nisibis. My current research focuses on two interconnected areas: (i) the history of theological encyclopaedism among Syriac and Arabic-speaking Christians in the medieval Islamicate World and (ii) the Syriac reception of Avicennan philosophy. The first examines a widespread genre of literature produced by Christian communities in the medieval Middle East: the summa theologica, or summary expositions of the Christian faith.

Intellectual history (viz. medieval philosophy, theology, and science); Islamic Studies; intellectual encounters between Islam, Christianity, and Judaism