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Fouad Elgohari

Fouad Elgohari

Ustadh Fouad Elgohari is a faculty member and the Director of Educational Outreach at Bayan, overseeing the BayanONLINE initiative for community education and research. As a student of fifteen years in the classical Islamic sciences with a specialization in dialectic theology (kalām), Ustadh Fouad has served as an instructor, academic consultant, and research fellow on various international councils, institutes, and educational programs. He received a Bachelor’s degree in the Liberal Arts from Columbia College, and went on to pursue Islamic Studies in Egypt from numerous institutes and under the supervision of senior-scholars of Al-Azhar where he received advanced traditional licenses (‘ijāzāt khāṣṣah) to teach credal theology, Sunni legal theory, Malikī Legal Rulings, Arabic language, taṣawwuf, Ḥadith, and the Qur’anic sciences. He went on to further specialize in dialectic theology (kalām) and legal theory (uṣūl). In 2018 he graduated from Claremont School of Theology with an M.A. in Islamic Studies. His thesis “Distinguishing kalām & falsafah: Sirāj al-Dīn al-Urmawī and His Interlocutors (2019) explores the relationship between Islamic philosophy and theology, and what the defining objectives of each would entail in the post-classical period. His current research is in post-classical (13-18th century) Islamic intellectual history, with a focus on the rational sciences (kalām, usūl, philosophy).