Steffen W.

Emeritus Professor
Department of Philosophy


Brief Biography

Steffen Stelzer is an emeritus professor of philosophy at The American University in Cairo. Stelzer holds an MA in comparative literature and a PhD in philosophy from Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany. He has been a research scholar at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and at Harvard University's Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department. Stelzer has also served as a visiting assistant professor at John Hopkins University.

  • “The Opening of the West”, in: The New Centennial Review, Vol.8, No.3, Winter 2008.                        

    “Ethics”, in: The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology, Cambridge U Press,  2008

    “Following”, in: Religion and the Arts (Special Issue:Religious Imagination), Vol.12-1-3, ed. by R. Kearney, Brill Publishers, 2008.

    “Reason and Sufism”; in Loccumer Beitraege,  Evangelische Akademie, Loccum,  2009.

     “Following”, in: Traversing the Heart; Journeys of the Inter-Religious Imagination, ed. By R. Kearney and E. Rizo-Patron, Brill, 2010

     “Al-Rafīq Qabl al-Tarīq”- Remarks on Al-Ghazali’s View of Sufism as a Way of Learning Religion”; in: Knowledge and Education in Classical Islam; Brill Publishers, 2013.

    “Serving from Afar” – Jalaluddin Rumi on the Adab of Interpreting the Qur’an; in: The Qur’an and Adab, ed. by Nuha al Shaar; Institute of Ismaili Studies and Oxford University Press,  2017.

     “The ‘Hadith of Gabriel’: Stories as a Tool for Teaching Religion”; in: Philosophies of Islamic Education. Historical Perspectives and Emerging Discourses, ed. by N.A. Memon and M. Zaman, Routledge, 2017

    “Following Authority: Philosophers in the Eyes of Mystics“, in: Studying Arabic Philosophy. Meaning, limits and challenges of a modern discipline.ed. By Olga Lizzini and Jean-Baptiste Brenet, Proceedings of the First International Conference (A. v. Humboldt - Kolleg) on the Historiography of Arabic-Islamic Philosophy, Vrin, 2017

Research Interest
  • Metaphysics
  • Rationality and Revelation
  • Modes of transmission of knowledge
  • Islamic Philosophy