Justin K Stearns

Professor of Arab Crossroads Studies

Teaching and Studying the Intellectual History of the Muslim World with a focus on the Islamic West

My research interests focus on the intersection of law, the natural sciences, and theology in the pre-modern Muslim Middle East. My first book was Infectious Ideas: Contagion in Pre-Modern Islamic and Christian Thought in the Western Mediterranean (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011) and I have published articles in Islamic Law and Society, Medieval Encounters, Al-Qantara, The Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, and History Compass as well as a number of edited volumes. My book on the social status of the natural sciences in early modern Morocco entitled Revealed Sciences: The Natural Sciences in Islam in Early Modern Morocco appeared with Cambridge University Press in 2021, and the first volume of my edition and translation of al-Yusi’s (d. 1102/1691) Discourses appeared with the Library of Arabic Literature in 2020.

I also run the Moroccan Manuscript Database Research Project, which aims to create a searchable database of all catalogued Moroccan manuscripts. Work on it began in fall 2021 and will go live when we have something real to share!

Merinid Madrasa in Salé, Morocco

About me:

My NYUAD Faculty Page

You can find my published articles, reviews, and interviews at https://nyuad.academia.edu/JustinStearns

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