Major: Islamic Thought
School: University of Chicago
Sponsor: Muslim Community Center East Bay Scholarship (MCC)
Aamir’s original training was in Engineering. After completing an MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2002, he decided to pursue Islamic Studies full-time. Over the next five years, he undertook a rigorous program in traditional Islamic studies (Dars-e-NIzami), during the course of which he acquired Shahadat al-ʿAlimiyyah (Certification of Scholarly Achievement), equivalent to a 4-year BA in Islamic & Arabic Studies, at Jamiʿa Ashrafia, Lahore. Later, he served as a lecturer of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Darul Uloom al-Madania, an Islamic seminary in Buffalo, NY. While there, he also completed an MA from the International Institute of Islamic Thought & Civilization (ISTAC) at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). In May 2014, he graduated from the MA Program in Islamic & Near Eastern Studies at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL).
In Fall 2014, Aamir will be starting a PhD in Islamic Thought at the University of Chicago (department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations). His research interests include Islamic jurisprudence (development, codification, Hanafi legal theory & Hadith, maqasid al-Shariʿah), early Islam/Islamic origins (codification of Qur’an and Hadith), Islam in the modern world, and Islamic education.