Research Fellows 2005 - 2006
Ayman Shihadeh finished his doctorate in Islamic philosophy at the University of Oxford, and has previously taught at the Universities of Glasgow and Bristol. His research interests include ethical theory in Islam, Avicennian and post-Avicennian philosophy, Islamic theology, the interaction between philosophical and theological traditions, and Arabic palaeography. He has a number of publications including the monograph The Teleological Ethics of Fakhr al-Din al-Razi (E J Brill). During the Summer of 2005, Dr Shihadeh undertook research on biomedical ethics in the Muslim context.
Mitra K. Shavarini is a Lecturer at the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and Women's & Gender Studies at Brandeis University. She earned her doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Her research examines the intersection of higher education, gender, work, and family in Muslim contexts, particularly Iran. Most recently, she conducted empirical research in Iran where she collected the voices of young college-going Iranian women as they negotiated their public and private roles. In 2001, with an award from the Harvard Center on Gender and Education, she undertook, as a co-principal investigator, the Mo'alem Project, collecting narratives of girls' teachers in three Muslim societies: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. She is the author of Educating Immigrants: The Experiences of Second-Generation Iranians (LFB Scholarly Publications, 2004), and the co-author of Women and Education in Iran and Afghanistan: An Annotated Bibliography (Scarecrow Press, 2005). For a complete list of Dr Shavarini's publications please click here.
Sunatullo Jonboboev was educated in Tajikistan and Moscow, where he obtained a PhD in the history of philosophy in 1988. His research and writing has focused on the history of Muslim philosophy, particularly the 'mashsha'ûn' (eastern Aristotelian) schools, Ismailism and Sufism, areas he has researched and written about for the Institute of Philosophy and Law of the Tajik Academy of Science. Between 1997-2001 he was a senior teacher of philosophy and social disciplines at the Tajik Technical University and since 1999 has been involved in different capacities at the Aga Khan Humanities Project (AKHP), including as head of assessment; curriculum development specialist; and assessment coordinator on cross-cultural and interdisciplinary courses. His interests include curriculum development, educational initiatives, and higher education reform in post-Soviet Central Asia.