Bio - North American Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies

Emad Hamdeh [[email protected]] earned his bachelor’s degree in world history from
William Paterson University. He received an M.A. in Islamic studies from Hartford Theological
College, and an M.Phil. in Islamic studies from Exeter University, UK. Dr. Hamdeh completed his
Ph.D. in Islamic and Arabic studies in June 2014 from Exeter University. His dissertation titled,
“The Emergence of an Iconoclast: Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī and His Critics,” traces the
origins of Albānī’s anti-madhhab polemic. It answers the questions of why and how Albānī executed
his critique of madhhab traditionalism. Since 2011, Dr. Hamdeh has held the position of adjunct
professor of Arabic studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at Montclair
State University in Montclair, NJ. He teaches courses on religion in the Arab world, Arab culture, as
well as the Arabic language. Dr. Hamdeh specializes in late-nineteenth and twentieth-century
Muslim reform movements, Islamic intellectual history, historical pedagogical methods, and ArabicIslamic culture. Currently, Dr. Hamdeh is working on an article titled, “Characterizing Traditional
Islamic Scholarship,” which examines the importance of the teacher-to-student, face-to-face
instructional methodology employed by Traditionalists in contrast to the modern university system
and autodidactic education. Dr. Hamdeh is also the founder and researcher for the Institute of
American Muslim Youth Research Department.