Raja Bahlul
Professor of Philosophy
Philosophy Program

Raja Bahlul completed his undergraduate studies in Philosophy and English at the American Univeristy of Beirut in 1973. He went on to study Philosophy at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he completed his PhD in 1983. His dissertation dealt  with  the principle of the  Identity of Indiscernibles in light of contemporary discussions of identity,  particulars, and universals.

Before joining the DI in 2015, he taught Philosophy at several universities, including Yarmouk University (Jodan),  Indiana University-Purdue University (USA), Birzeit University (Palestine),  United Arab Emirates University (UAE),  and Qatar University (Qatar). At Birzeit University, Dr Bahlul participated in the establishment of the MA Program in Democracy and Human Rights, where he developed and taught many courses. At the United Arab Emirates University he participated in the establishment of the PHD Program in Humanities and Social Science, where he also developed and taught courses.

His early research focused on Identity and Indiscernibility, with  reference to contemporary discussions of Leibniz and Aristotle. At a later stage he began to study Islamic Kalam and Philosophy. His interest in Islamic Philosophy expanded to include contemporary  Islamic thought, with special reference to the  impact of modernity on Arab societies. In addition to these continuing interests, he has recently begun to do research in epistemology  and Philosophy of Mind  (Philosophy of Perception and Emotion).

 His publications include:

​"Emotion as Patheception'', Philosophical Explorations: an International Journal of Mind and Philosophy of Action, 17(2), 2014, 1-19. 

"Ethics, Emotion and Cognition," Arab Journal for the Humanities (Kuwait) 29(113), 2011, 123-155. ​

"Avicenna and the Problem of Universals". Philosophy and Theology, 21(1&2), 2009, 3-25.

"Democracy Without Secularism?"   in Islam, Judaism, and the Political Role of Religions in the Middle East, ed. John Bunzl.  Florida: University Press of Florida, 2004.

"People vs. God: the Logic of 'Divine Sovereignty' in Islamic Democratic Discourse"Journal of Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations, 11(3), 2000, 287-298.

"Ghazali on the Creation vs. Eternity of the World," Philosophy and Theology, 6(3), 1992, 259-273.​

"Identity and Necessary Similarity"The Canadian Journal of  Philosophy, 22(4), 1992, 529-44.

"The Logical Structure of the Free Will Problem in Islamic Kalam", al-Munatharah (Morocco), 4, 1991, 6-25.


E​ducation: BA  (English and Philosophy)  American U. of Beirut, 1973; MA (Philosophy) Indiana University, USA  1978; PhD  (Philosophy) Indiana University, USA 1983

Languages: Arabic: Excellent  Speaking, Reading and Writing knowledge; English: Excellent  Speaking, Reading  and Writing  knowledge; German: Good reading knowledge​​​

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​Research Interests: Contemporary Philosophy, Islamic Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Social and Political Philosophy

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"Emotion as Patheception'', Philosophical Explorations: an International Journal of Mind and Philosophy of Action, 17(2), 2014, 1-19.

"Ethics, Emotion and Cognition," Arab Journal for the Humanities (Kuwait) 29(113), 2011, 123-155.

"Avicenna and the Problem of Universals". Philosophy and Theology, 21(1&2), 2009, 3-25.

"Democracy Without Secularism?"   in Islam, Judaism, and the Political Role of Religions in the Middle East, ed. John Bunzl.  Florida: University Press of Florida, 2004.

"People vs. God: the Logic of 'Divine Sovereignty' in Islamic Democratic Discourse", Journal of Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations 11(3), 2000, 287-298.

"Ghazali on the Creation vs. Eternity of the World," Philosophy and Theology 6(3), 1992, 259-273.

"Identity and Necessary Similarity", The Canadian Journal of  Philosophy, 22(4), 1992, 529-44.

"The Logical Structure of the Free Will Problem in Islamic Kalam", al-Munatharah (Morocco), 4, 1991, 6-25.

Email
raja.bahlul@dohainstitute.edu.qa 

Address
Raja Bahlul
Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
School of Social Sciences and Humanities 
PO Box 200592
Doha, Qatar 

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