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Departments/ProgramsNear Eastern and Judaic Studies
DegreesMcGill University, Ph.D.
McGill University, M.A.
Georgetown University, B.S.
ExpertiseIslamic Thought, particularly Islamic theology, law, and jurisprudence. Arabic language (Qur'anic, classical & modern) and Classical Arabic literature & poetry.
ProfileCarl Sharif El-Tobgui holds a B.S. in Arabic Language from Georgetown University and a Master's and Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from McGill University and currently serves as Assistant Professor Arabic & Islamic Studies, and Director of the Arabic Language Program at Brandeis. He previously taught for five years at Harvard University as Preceptor of Arabic, and has also taught at the Middlebury College Summer Arabic Language School. Prof. El-Tobgui's scholarly expertise lies in the field of Islamic thought, with a special concentration on theology, law, and jurisprudence. He is particularly interested in questions concerning the relationship between reason and revelation in the Islamic tradition, and has published on the manifestations of this tension in the fields of classical Islamic jurisprudence and Qur'anic exegesis. He is currently completing a monograph study of Ibn Taymiyya's (d. 1328) 10-volume work, "Refutation of Contradiction Between Reason and Revelation." In addition to his expertise in Islamic thought, Prof. El-Tobgui has a deep love of language in general and of Classical Arabic in particular, and has enjoyed for many years exploring the intricacies of Arabic grammar, as well as classical literature and poetry with his students.
|ARBC||10a||Beginning Literary Arabic|
|ARBC||20b||Continuing Literary Arabic|
|ARBC||30a||Intermediate Literary Arabic|
|ARBC||40b||Advanced Intermediate Literary Arabic|
|ARBC||103a||Lower Advanced Arabic|
|ARBC||103b||Middle Advanced Arabic: Contemporary Arab Media|
|ARBC||106a||Advanced Arabic I: Contemporary Arabic Literature|
|ARBC||106b||Advanced Arabic II: Classical Arabic & Islamic Literature|
|IMES||104a||Islam: Civilization and Institutions|
|NEJS||197a||Survey of Islamic Law|
El-Tobgui, Carl Sharif. "Reason, Revelation, and the Reconstitution of Rationality: Taqi al-Din Ibn Taymiyya's "Dar' ta'arud al-'aql wa-l-naql" or 'The Refutation of the Contradiction of Reason and Revelation'." Diss. Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, successfully defended on March 12, 2013.
El-Tobgui, Carl Sharif. "The Hermeneutics of Fakhr al-Din al-Razi." Coming to Terms with the Qur’an: A volume in honor of Professor Issa Boullata, McGill University. Ed. Khaleel Mohammed & Andrew Rippin. North Haledon: Islamic Publications International, 2008. 125-158.
El-Tobgui, Carl Sharif. "The Epistemology of Qiyas and Ta‘lil between the Mu‘tazilite Abu ’l-Husayn al-Basri and Ibn Hazm al-Zahiri." UCLA Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law 2. ii (2003): 281-354.
Jubran Khalil Jubran. Kitab al-Mawakib ("Le livre des processions"). Trans. Carl Sharif El-Tobgui. Montreal: Commissioned by Editions Trait d'union, 2001.