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Academic interests

Islamic intellectual history, economic tradition in Islam, legal discourse, Islamization of knowledge, Islam and modernity, ecological economics.


    Sami achieved a double-PhD in Islamic Studies (supervision at Leiden University, Columbia University, and WWU Münster), a Research MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Leiden University (2013), and a BA major in both Sociology and Comparative Literature from University of Ljubljana (2011). Between 2015-2017 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies (MESAAS) and at the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL) at Columbia University, working under the supervision of Professor Wael Hallaq. In 2014 he was a graduate exchange student in Islamic Studies at the Institute for Islamic Studies at McGill University in Montreal. Previously he studied Islamic Studies and Arabic in Rabat (2012), Cairo (2011), and Sarajevo (2010).    

    Sami has published numerous articles on the intellectual history of Islamic economics and law, and edited two volumes on the Second Gulf War (2010), and on Middle Eastern culture and politics (2013). Recently, he published two book translations from Arabic to Slovenian - Ibn Baṭṭūta's Riḥla and Ibn Ṭufayl's ay ibn Yaqẓān (both 2017). His two monographs on Abu Hamid al-Ghazali's economic philosophy, and on the history of economic tradition in Islam are forthcoming in 2018.

    Commencing in 2017, Sami will be a Research Fellow at IKOS, at the University of Oslo, and a Research Scholar at IRCPL at Columbia University. Sami's research and teaching focus on Islamic intellectual history, economic thought in Islamic tradition, legal discourse, Islamization process, and ecological economics.


      • Lecturer, Leiden University Center for the Study of Religion (LUCSoR), Leiden University (2014-2015)

      • Research Fellow at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages ​​(IKOS), University of Oslo (Fall 2017-present)

      • Research Scholar at the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL), Columbia University (Fall 2017-present)

      Higher Education

      • 2013 - 2017  Double PhD (Co-tutelle) in Islamic Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands and WWU Münster, Germany. Supervisors: Maurits Berger, Marco Schöller, Wael Hallaq (MESAAS, Columbia University).

      • 2015 - 2017  Visiting Scholar in Islamic Studies at the Middle Eastern, South Asian  and African Studies Department (MESAAS) and at the Institute for  Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL), Columbia University. Supervisor: Professor Wael Hallaq

      • Jan - May 2014  Ph.D. Graduate Exchange at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, MontrealMentor: Professor Ahmed Ibrahim. Courses: "Islamic Legal Discourses" (Level 716), "Central Questions in  Islamic Law," "Higher Intermediate Arabic"

      • 2011 - 2013  Research MA, Area Studies: Asia and the Middle East. Field: Middle Eastern Studies, Leiden University. Thesis: "Imam al-Ghazali's Perspectives on Economy, Ethics, and State in Islam" (graded with 9.0 / 10)

      • Jun - Aug 2012  Certificate of Advance Level of Modern Standard Arabic. Université Mohammed V Souissi - Faculté des Sciences de l'Education,  Rabat, Morocco. Arabic Language and Culture Program (Language Acquisition of 108 working hours of Arabic Language)

      • 2005 - 2011  BA, Double-Mayor (4 + 1), Comparative Literature and Sociology of Culture, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, (grade average 9.4 / 10)  

      • Feb - Jun 2011  Merkaz Dawd, Cairo, Egypt. Certificate of Arabic Language Acquisition (Level 1 - 4) and Tajwīd

      • Feb - Aug 2010  Undergraduate, Faculty of Islamic Studies, University of Sarajevo. Courses: Shi'a kelam and Sufism; Classical Islamic Philosophy; Arabic language; Turkish language

      • 2007 - 2008  Erasmus exchange, Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Courses: Cultural Studies; Cultural diversity and Identity; Philosophy of  Knowledge

      Courses taught

      At LUCSoR, Leiden University:

      Lecturer at Leiden Islam Academie, Leiden University                                    2014 – 2015

      Fiqh and Usul al-fiqh - Methodology of Islamic Jurisprudence (BA)                Spring 2014

      Islamic Ethics (BA)                                                                                           Spring 2014

      Guest lecturer “Islamic Legal Discourse” for the class Politics and Islam,       Spring 2015

      LIAS (BA)

      Guest lecturer “Medieval Islamic Economics and its Impact” for the class      Spring 2015

      Global History, University College Rotterdam, Erasmus University (BA)             


      At MESAAS, Columbia University:

      Guest seminar “Intellectual History of Economic Thought in Islam” for the      Fall 2016

      class Advance seminar – central questions in Islamic law, with Wael Hallaq,

      MESAAS, Columbia University (BA)


      At IKOS, University of Oslo:                                                                            

      Islam, Sharī‘a and the Entrenchment of Modernity MES4560 (MA)                 Spring 2018


      Invited speaker

      Literary Mediator for Translation of Modern Arabic Literature in Slovenian Language ( invited ), International Literary Festival Vilenica, Copper, Slovenia, 10-15 September 2013
      Guest lecture ( invited ): "Ethics and Morality in Islamic Tradition," Iqra, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 28 October 2014
      Guest lecture ( invited ): "The History of Islamic Law," Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, 22 December 2014
      Guest lecture ( invited ): "Islamic Legal Discourse" for the class Politics and Islam, LIAS, Leiden University, March 3, 2015
      Guest lecture ( invited ): "Medieval Islamic Economics and its Impact" for the class Global History, University College Rotterdam, Erasmus University, April 19, 2015
      Guest lecture ( invited ): "Contemporary Critique of Islamic Economic Thought,"  European University at St. Petersburg, Russia, October 14, 2015
      Public guest lecture ( invited ): "The Fated Triangle: US-Iraq-Iran Relations in Today's Middle East," George Mason University, Virginia, US, January 19, 2016
      Public lecture ( invited ): "The War on Terror and its flip side," 10 th Annual Conference on Global Governance, George Mason University, Virginia, US, 8 April 2016
      Guest seminar: Intellectual History of Economic Thought in Islam "for the Advance Seminar - Central Questions in Islamic Law, Wael Hallaq, MESAAS, Columbia University, October 25, 2016
      Guest seminar: “Genealogy of Islamic Economics – Tradition, Modernity, and the Moral Self,” Centre for Islamic and Middle East Studies, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo, Norway, 15 September 2017

      Conference organization

      Conference organizer with Bahar Tabakoglu and Jessica Roda, “Religion II: Dynamics, Processes, and Change”, Visiting scholars conference, Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL), Columbia University, April 21 2017

      Conference organizer with George Audi Bajalia, Kristin Soraya Batmanghelichi, Walid Hammam, Ahmed Musa, “Pluralism in Emergenc(i)es: Movement, Space, and Religious Difference,” IRCPL, Columbia University and Columbia Global Centers Amman, Amman, Jordan, December 6-8, 2017

      Conference organizer with George Audi Bajalia, Kristin Soraya Batmanghelichi, Walid Hammam, and Columbia Global Centers, “Pluralism in Emergenc(i)es: Movement, Space, and Religious Difference,” IRCPL, Columbia University; Tunis, Tunisia (forthcoming, 2018)

      Conference organizer with Katherine P. Ewing, Walid Hammam, Kristin Soraya Batmanghelichi, and Columbia Global Centers, “Populism in the Middle East”, IRCPL, Columbia University (forthcoming 2018-2019)


      • At IKOS: GreenMENA
      • At IRCPL:  Pluralism in Emergencies; Populism in the Middle East; Knowledge, ecology, and economic traditions in Islam


      • Zois Scholarship for Talented Students for Double-Major BA Degree in Sociology of Culture, and Comparative Literature, 2006-2011
      • Slovene Human Resource, Development, and Scholarship Fund: Grant for Language Acquisition in BA Studies at Markez Dawd, Cairo, Egypt, March - July 2010
      • Ad Futura, Slovene Human Resource, Development, and Scholarship Fund: Full Scholarship and Tuition fee Waiver for the Research MA in Middle East Studies at Leiden University, 1st September 2011 - 31st August 2013
      • Basileus Mobility Project: Full Scholarship for MA in Arabic Language and Culture at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo (2011 - 2013) ( declined )
      • Travel grant for NEPAS Project, University of Minho - Braga, Portugal, Summer School on Democratization and Political Transitions in the Arab World: Actors, Challenges, and Policy Options for the EU, (16 th - 19 th July 2013)
      • LUSTRA Travel Grant for Arabic Language Acquisition in Rabat, Leiden University (June - August 2012)
      • Outbound Study Grant, Leiden University Funds, Curator Funds, Leiden University: Grant for graduate exchange program at McGill University (January - May)
      • Full Scholarships for PhD in Islamic Studies (2013-2017)
      • Leiden University Funds, Leiden University, PhD research grant for MESAAS, Columbia University


      Slovenian: native

      Bosnian: fluent

      English: fluent (Research MA and PhD thesis in English language)

      German: high Proficiency (German Language Acquisition Course in Double-Mayor BA, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana 2006; C1 Language Center Leiden University, 18th November 2013)

      Arabic: advanced (Language Acquisition Courses in Sarajevo 2010, Cairo 2011, Leiden 2011-2013, Rabat 2012; McGill 2014; passed advance level of MSA)

      Dutch: basic fluency (Level 2, Language Center Leiden University, 14th November 2013)

      French: basic fluency A1 (Language Acquisition Course, Sarajevo, 2011; Higher Beginners Course, January-April 2014, PGSS, McGill, Montreal)

      Turkish: basic fluency A1 (Language Acquisition Course "Istanbul" Center, Sarajevo, 2010)

      Bulgarian: intermediate speaking knowledge (no official course)

      Norwegian: basic level 1 (Norwegian for international researchers, 24 hours, University of Oslo, 2017)


      Selected Publications


      Edited volume with Marta Gregorčič, Osvobajanje Iraka (Liberating Iraq), Ljubljana: ČKZ, 2010

      Edited volume with Mirt Komel and Primož Šterbenc, Islam in Bližnji vzhodi (Islam and the Middle Easts), Ljubljana: ČKZ, 2013

      Pesem, islam, ljubezen - študij, zapiski in pričevanja o poeziji, revoluciji in islamu ("Poem, Islam, Love - Studies, Notes and Testimonies on Poetry, Revolution and Islam) (forthcoming 2018)

      Abu Hamid al-Ghazali's Economic Teachings between Sufism and Sharī'a (forthcoming 2018)

      The Making of Islamic Economics: Epistemological Inquiry into Islam's Moral Economic Teaching, Legal Discourse, and Islamization Process (forthcoming 2018)

      Book translations

      Ibn Ṭufayl: ay ibn Yaqẓān. Ljubljana: KUD Logos, January 2017 (Introduction and translation from Arabic to Slovenian)

      Ibn Baṭṭūta: Riḥla. Ljubljana: Skodelica kave, FDV, University of Ljubljana, March 2017 (Introduction and translation from Arabic to Slovenian)

      Scientific articles and bookchapters

      “Dotakljivo življenje zgodovine” (“The Touchable Life of Iraqi History”), Journal for the Critique of Science, No. 239, Vol. 17 (2010): 163-174

      “The Qur’an, the Arabic Language, and Islamic Aesthetics,” p. 129-142, Literary Magazine Otočje: Islam in slovstvo (“Islam and Literature”), No. 8 (2013): 129-143

      “The Qur’an, the Philosophy of the Arabic Language and Islamic Aesthetics,” Journal for the Critique of Science: Islam and the Middle Easts, No. 253, Vol. 40 (September 2013): 29-45

      “An Islamic Model of Social Life: Legal and Economic Thought in Islam,” Journal for the Critique of Science: Islam and the Middle Easts, Ljubljana, Slovenia (September 2013): 47-62

      “Premišljanja o realnosti, absolutu in popolnem človeku – Toshihiko Izutsujevi pogledi na sufizem in daoizem” (“Contemplations about Reality, the Absolute and the Perfect Human Being – Toshihiko Izutsu's views on Sufism and Taoism”), Poligrafi: Mistika in Misel, ed. Sebastjan Vörös, No. 71/21, Vol. 18, (2013): 267-288

      “Al-Ghazali and the Intellectual History of Islamic Economics,” Jahrbuch für Islamische Theologie und Religionspädagogik: Islamische Gelehrten neu gelesen, Zentrum für Islamische Theologie, WWU Münster, Band 3 (2014): 97-134

      “Semiotics of Maṣlaḥa and Islamic Economic Theory,” International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (IJSL),  Springer, Volume 29, Issue 2 (2016): 389–404, accessible at

      “Polivalentnost evropske indentitete in islamska intelektualna zgodovina” (“Polyvalent European Identity and Islamic Intellectual History”), Poligrafi: Identiteta Evrope (Europe’s Identity), eds. dr. Anja Zalta and dr. Rok Svetlič, No. 81/82, Vol. 21. (2016): 151-172

      “Morality or Money? Notes on Islamic Economic Predicaments and Democracy,” Poligrafi: Islam and Democracy, No. 85/86, Vol. 22, eds. Anja Zalta and Muhamad Ali (2017): 105-130

      “The Time Factor – Toshihiko Izutsu and Islamic Economics,” Asian Studies: Islamic Cultures in East and South Asia, Vol 6., No 1. (2018): 55-71

      “Die Genealogie der islamische Wirtschaftsphilosophie und die Religionsphilosophie,” Jahrbuch Falsafa, Zentrum für Islamische Theologie, WWU Münster (forthcoming 2018)

      Tags: Islam, Middle East, Islamic Economics, Intellectual history, Economic history, Islamic law, Islamization, CIMS, SIMS Could not retrieve publications from Cristin due to service timeout
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