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People: Core Faculty

John WalbridgeJohn Walbridge

  • Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures


  • PhD, Harvard, 1983 (Near Eastern Languages)

Research Interests

  • Islamic philosophy
  • Islamic intellectual history, emphasis on the cultural role of philosophy and science
  • Baha'i studies
  • Islamic Studies
  • Islamic History

Contact Information

Office: Global and International Studies Building 3042
Phone: (812) 855-8689

Courses Recently Taught

  • Islamic Philosphy
  • Military History of the Middle East
  • Readings in Classical Arabic Literature
  • Koranic Studies

Publication Highlights

  • God and Logic in Islam: The Caliphate of Reason. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.
  • "Essays and Notes on Babi and Baha'i History." Occasional Papers in Shaykhi, Babi and Baha'i Studies, Vol. 6, No. 1 (2002).
  • The Wisdom of the Mystic East: Suhrawardi and Platonic Orientalism. Albany: SUNY Press, 2001.
  • The Philosophy of Illumination of Shihab al-Din Yahya Suhrawardi (with Hossein Ziai). Brigham Young University Press: Provo, 1999.
  • Sacred Acts, Sacred Time, Sacred Space: Essays on Bahá'í Law and History. Oxford: George Ronald, 1996.
  • Translator. The Beloved: Reflections on the Path of Love, by Kahlil Gibran. Ashland, OR: White Cloud Press, 1997.
  • Translator. The Storm: Prose Poems and Short Stories, by Kahlil Gibran. Ashland, OR: White Cloud Press, 1993.
  • The Science of Mystic Lights: Qutb al-Din Shirazi and the Illuminationist Tradition in Islamic Philosophy. Cambridge, MA: Center for Middle Eastern Studies of Harvard University, 1992.
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