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Ahmed El-Sayed Abdel Meguid

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Department of Philosophy
Brief Biography

Ahmed Abdel Meguid is an assistant professor at the Department of Philosophy, The American University in Cairo (AUC), Cairo, Egypt. He earned his BA at AUC and his MA and PhD in philosophy at Emory University. He has lectured widely in key institutions in North American and Europe including Harvard, Yale, Oxford, and was recently a fellow of the Center for Ethics at the University of Toronto. His research draws on Islamic and German philosophy focusing on metaphysics and epistemology, philosophy of mind, and social and political philosophy. He has published and has forthcoming articles in the European Journal of Political Theory, Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies, Journal of the History of Philosophy, British Journal of the History of Philosophy, and the Review of Metaphysics. He is currently finalizing two monographs titled: Being and Representation: Ibn al-‘Arabī’s Modal Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind and Rethinking Al-Kindī’s Philosophy: the Systematization of Early Islamic Modal Epistemology.

Research Interest

Areas of Specialization

  • Classical and Post-Classical Islamic Philosophy and Philosophical Theology
  • Modern German Philosophy and Phenomenology (especially, Kant and Husserl)

Areas of Competence

  • Metaphysics and Epistemology
  •  Philosophy of Mind
  •  Gender and Social and Political Philosophy
  • PhD, Philosophy Department, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA, 2012
  • MA, Department of Philosophy, Emory University, Atlanta GA, USA, 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, The American University in Cairo, Egypt, 2002; Major in philosophy and economics 
  • Reversing Schmitt: The Sovereign as a Rational Guardian and the Peculiarity of the Islamic State of Exception in al-Juwaynī’s Dialectical Theology,’ European Journal of Political TheorySeptember 12, 2017, printed version forthcoming September 2019. (Under translation into Arabic and Turkish)
  • Al-Kindi’s Theory of the Finitude of Time and His Critique of Aristotle’s Theory of the Eternity of the World in the Treatise on First Philosophy: The Role of the Perceiving soul and the Relationship between Sensation and Intellection, Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies,29:3 (2018), pp. 323-356 (Under translation into Arabic)
  • The Truncated Debate: Egyptian Liberals, Islamists and Ideological Statism,’—co-authored with Danish Faruqi, inEgypt and Contradictions of Liberalism: Illiberal Intelligentsia and the Future of Egyptian Democracy, Oxford: One World Publications, 2016, pp. 253-288
  • Political realism in the Naturalistic-Psychological roots of Averroës’ Critique of Plato’s theory of political constitutions in the Republic,’ Matter and Form from Natural Science to Political Philosophy, ed. Ann Ward. Lanham: Lexington Press, 2009. pp. 71-84