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Salman Bashier

Independent Scholar of Islamic Mysticism and Philosophy

Salman Bashier was born in 1964 in Israel. He studied sociology and philosophy at the University of
Haifa and received a master’s degree in philosophy with a thesis on the concept of contradiction in
Kant and Hegel. In 1994 Bashier was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to begin his doctoral studies at
the University of Utah. He graduated in 2000 from the Middle East Center with a dissertation that was
published in 2004 under the title Ibn al-'Arabi’s Barzakh: The Concept of the Limit and the Relation-
ship between God and the World
and is considered one of the influential works in the study of Ibn al-'
Arabi, the greatest of Islamic mystics (d. 1240).

Bashier was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where he served
as a visiting lecturer in addition to his work as a visiting lecturer at the University of Haifa. In 2007 he
was awarded a one-year fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, followed by a five-year Polonsky
Fellowship at Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Bashier is the author of The Story of Islamic Philosophy: Ibn
Tufayl, Ibn al-'Arabi, and Others on the Limit between Naturalism
and Traditionalism (2011) and Ibn al-'
Arabi and Averroes on Imagination, Conjunction, and Knowledge of the Self
(2017, in Arabic). He is
currently working on his new project: “An Islamic Account of the Four Stages of the Philosophical-Mystical
Journey: Ibn al-''Arabi’s School and the Completion of the Platonic Turn in Islamic Thought.” The project
presents a fully articulated and highly innovative interpretation of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave from a liminal
mystico-philosophical point of view, an interpretation Bashier believes is greatly significant for revealing
an important layer of Islamic intellectuality and also contributes to understanding our contemporary philo-
sophical investigations.

This information is accurate as of the academic year 2018-19.