Ali Noori

Ali Noori

PhD Candidate


Cohen Hall 232


Ali Noori is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the intellectual, social, and literary histories of the premodern Islamic world. His dissertation is titled “Pious Praise Poetry: Emotions, Piety, and the Making of Medieval Islamic Subject.”
In addition to teaching courses on Islam, he works as a consultant and translator on research projects, Digital Humanities programs, and museum exhibitions. He has developed and delivered workshops on inclusive and equitable pedagogy. 

Ali received his Bachelor's in Philosophy and Near Eastern Intellectual History from the CUNY Baccalaureate program for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies. His thesis was titled: “Ibn Sīnā’s Adaptation of Aristotle’s Active Intellect: Paving the Way for Philosophical Sufism.”


AM, Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania 
AM, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania 
BA, Philosophy and Near Eastern Intellectual History, City University of New York Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies 

Research Interests

Islamic Intellectual History
Affect and Emotion
Embodiment and the Environment
Arabic, Persian, and Turkic literary cultures
Islamic Philosophy and Sufism

Research Areas
Intellectual History
Visual and Material Culture
Courses Taught

Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Adjunct Lecturer:

  • Spring 2022: the Shaping of the Islamic World: Origins to Modernity 
  • Spring 2021: the Shaping of the Islamic World: Origins to Modernity

University of Pennsylvania
Instructor of Record:

  • Spring 2021: Introduction to Islam

Teaching Assistant:

  • Spring 2020: “Satan” 
  • Fall 2019: “Religions of the West” 
  • Spring 2019: “Islamic Intellectual Tradition” 
  • Fall 2018: “Islam in the Modern World” 
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