Ahmed specializes in pre-modern Muslim social and intellectual history. The focus of his research is the early history of Islam and the development of post-classical rationalist disciplines and their relation to traditional sources in the Islamic intellectual tradition. He is the author or co-editor of seven books: The Religious Elite of the Early Islamic Hijaz (University of Oxford, 2011), Avicenna's Deliverance: Logic (Oxford, 2011), The Islamic Scholarly Tradition (co-edited with B. Sadeghi and M. Bonner, Brill, 2011), The Hashiya and Islamic Intellectual History (co-edited with Margaret Larkin, thematic volume Oriens, 2013), Rationalist Disciplines in Post-Classical Islam (co-edited with J. McGinnis, thematic volume Oriens, 2014), Islamic Cultures, Islamic Contexts (co-edited with B. Sadeghi, A. Silverstein, and R. Hoyland, Brill, 2016), and Rationalist Disciplines and Postclassical Islamic Legal Theories (co-edited with R. Gleave, thematic volume of Oriens, 2018). He is also the co-editor of the Berkeley Series in Postclassical Islamic Scholarship (UC Press) and of the journals Oriens (Brill) and The Journal of South Asian Intellectual History (Brill). His articles on Islamic philosophy, theology, legal theories, history, and logic have appeared in various journals and collected volumes. He is currently working on a book on commentaries in postclassical Islam.
Research Expertise and Interest
Islam (social and intellectual history)