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Mustafa Abu Sway


Professor of Philosophy and Islamic Studies


Al-Quds University, Faculty of Arts,  Department of Philosophy.


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Professor Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway is the first holder (2013) of the Integral Chair for the Study of Imam Al-Ghazali’s Work at Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa and at Al-Quds University. He is Professor of Philosophy and Islamic Studies at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, Palestine, since 1996.  Prof. Abu Sway earned his BA from Bethlehem University (1984), and MA (1985) and PhD (1993) from and Boston College, USA (Dissertation: The Development of Al-Ghazali’s Genetic Epistemology. He taught at the International Islamic University in Malaysia (1993-96), and was a visiting Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University (2003-4), as well as a visiting professor of Islamic Studies at Bard College, NY (Fall 2008 and 2010/2011).  

Prof. Abu Sway is a member of the Hashemite Fund for the Restoration of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, and a member of the Islamic Waqf Council in Jerusalem

Selected publications

  • Studies in Islamic Epistemology: the Case of Al-Ghazzali; Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka: Kuala Lumpur, 1995 (Translated into Bahasa Melayu, 2004)
  • Fatawa Al-Ghazzali (The Religious Juridical Rulings of Al-Ghazzali); ISTAC: Kuala Lumpur, 1996 (Arabic)
  • II. Papers:
  • “The Development in Al-Ghazzali's Epistemology”, Intellectual Discourse vol. 2,1994, 167-176
  • “Al-Ghazzali’s Spiritual Crisis Reconsidered”, Al-Shajarah (JISTAC) vol. 1, 1996,77-94
  • “Fiqh Al-Bi’ah fi Al-Islam” (The Jurisprudence of the Environment in Islam), published by Al-Najah University-Nablus, 1997. (Translated into several languages)
  • “Al-Nursi wa al-Sababiyyah” (Al-Nursi on Causality) International Institute for Islamic Thought-Amman/ Jordan, 1997
  • “Al-Nursi on the People of the Book” (Istanbul Ilim Ve Kultur Vakf-Istanbul, 1999)
  • “Ibrahim in the Islamic Scriptures”, Abraham in the Three Monotheistic Faiths (PASSIA: Jerusalem, 1998)
  • “Towards an Islamic Jurisprudence of the Environment”, Islam: the Environment and Health (Islamic Medical Association of South Africa: Qualbert, 1999)
  • “An Islamic Perspective on the Palestinian Statehood” (The Palestine-Israel Journal for Politics, Economics and Culture, 1999)
  • “The Holy Land, Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Islamic Sources” (Translated and published by AphorismA as monographs into  German, French and Italian and Greek)
  • "Şurat Al-Aakhar fi Kutub Al-Tarbiyah Al-Islamiyyah fi Al-Madaris Al-Filastiniyyah" (The Image of the Other in Palestinian Islamic Education Books) Al-Liqa', 1&2-2001, 39-54
  • "Al-`Uhdah Al-`Umariyyah wa Bu`daha Al-Hadari" (The Pact of `Umar [Ibn Al-Khattab] and its Civilizational Role) Muslim-Christian Dialogue in Jerusalem (PASSIA: Jerusalem, 2001) 45-52
  • "Muhammad (SAAS) fi Al-Torah wa Al-Injil" (Muhammad in the Torah and the Gospel) Muslim-Christian Dialogue in Jerusalem (PASSIA: Jerusalem, 2001) 93-102
  • “Towards a New Planetary: The Role of Religion from an Islamic Perspective” [Un'anima per la globalizzazione] Globalizzazione: Conflitto O Dialogo Di Civiltà? Ed. Roberto Papini (Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane: Napoli, 2002) 239-244.
  • "Jerusalem: Crossroad of the World, An Islamic Perspective", Realtà Nuova, (Instituto Culturale Rotariano: Milano, 2002) anno LXVI, n.2, 41-55
  • "Islamic Perspectives on the Oslo Process" The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Oslo and the Lessons of Failure, Editors: Robert L. Rothstein et al (Sussex Academic Press: Brighton, 2002) 78-87
  • “Faith and Politics in Islam: What Paradigm?” Concilium, 4-2003 (Translated into several languages)
  • "Prophet Moses: The Islamic Narrative”, Moses in the Three Monotheistic Faiths (PASSIA: Jerusalem, 2003) 29-60
  • "Religion and the Promise of Redemption in the Israeli Law of Return" The Israeli Law of Return & Its Impact on the Struggle in Palestine, Ed. Daud Abdullah (The Palestinian Return Center: London, 2004) 43-53
  • “Muslim-Christian Relations, Convivencia and Dialogue” Islam in Contemporary Palestine (Arabic) (PASSIA, 2004) 47-60
  • “Islamophobia: Meaning, Manifestations, Causes” The Palestine-Israel Journal for Politics, Economics and Culture (2005) Vol. 12, No. 2&3, 15-23
  • “Religion and State from an Islamic Perspective” Civic Education in Palestine (PASSIA, 2006) pp. 107-110
  • “Love of Neighbor in Islam” Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions, Ed. Yudit Kornberg Greenberg (Abc-clio, 2007)
  • “The Genesis of Islamic Reformist Discourse, with Special Reference to Islamic Discourse in Palestine” The Future of Palestine and Israel from Colonial Roots to Postcolonial Realities, Ed. Aslam Farouk-Alli, Institute for Global Dialogue and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (2007) 343-356.
  • Book Review of The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy, edited by Peter Adamson and Richard C. Taylor (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005) in Medieval Encounters (2008) 14/1, pp. 133-140.
  • “Jesus Christ: A Prophet of Islam” Jesus in the Christian and Muslim Faiths (PASSIA: Jerusalem, 2008) 25-48.
  • “Situare la ragione nell’Islam” (Situating Reason in Islam) Fede, Ragione, Ricerca e Dialogo, B. Scolart, trans. (Lateran University Press: Roma, 2008) in Nuntium, 35-36/ pp. 93-97.
  • “Islam, Dialogue and Discernment” Criteria of Discernment in Interreligious Dialogue. Catherine Cornille, ed. (Wipf and Stock: Eugene, 2009) pp. 122-142.
  • “The Status of Christians in the Islamic Worldview” Non-Muslims in Muslim Majority Society. Göran Gunner and Kajsa Ahlstand, edrs (Pickwick Publications: Eugene, 2009) pp. 7-15.
  • “Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, and the Holy Land in the Islamic Sources” Where Heaven Meets Earth: Jerusalem’s Sacred Esplanade, Oleg Grabar and Benjamin Kedar, edrs. (University of Texas Press: Austin, 2009) pp. 334-343.
  • “Introduzione all'interpretazione scientifica del Corano” (Abridged) Elena Dini, trans. ( 23, 2009) Original English Title: "Modern Science and the Hermeneutics of the “Scientific Interpretation" of the Qur’an"
  • “Jerusalem im Islam: Das Heilige Land, Jerusalem und die Al-Aqsa Moschee im Koran, in der Sunna und anderen islamischen literarischen Quellen”  Ina Hunich and Simone Britz, trans. (AphorismA Verlagsbuchhandlung: Berlin, 2009) pp. 1-26. Original English Title: “Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, and the Holy Land in the Islamic Sources”
  • “From Basel to Oslo: Zionism and the Islamic Narrative” The Contemporary Arab Reader on Political Islam, Ibrahim Abu Rabi`, ed. (Pluto: London, 2010).
  • “Worshipping in Islam” (Arabic) Religions/Adyan (Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue, 2011) pp. 114-128.
  • “Deconstructing Huntington’s Clash of Civilizations Thesis; The Islamic Alternative” The People of the Book and Convivencia, (PASSIA, 2012) (Arabic).