Ali Noori

Ali Noori

PhD Candidate


Cohen Hall 232


Ali Noori received his Bachelor's in Philosophy and Near Eastern Intellectual History from the CUNY Baccalaureate program for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, where his focus was early Islamic philosophy and the evolving authority of Greek philosophers therein. His thesis was titled: “Ibn Sīnā’s Adaptation of Aristotle’s Active Intellect: Paving the Way for Philosophical Sufism.”

Ali is broadly interested in Islamic intellectual history. His current project is concerned with biographical/hagiographical literature in premodern Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish, especially as technologies in the service and constitutive of an Islamic emotional habitus.


BA, Philosophy and Near Eastern Intellectual History, City University of New York Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies 
AM, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania (2020)

Research Interests

Islamic intellectual history

Arabic, Persian and Ottoman literary culture

Literature, piety and poetics

Affect, emotion, and embodiment

Material culture

Research Areas
Intellectual History
Material and Visual Culture
Courses Taught

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