Dr Najah Nadi graduated from the University of Oxford with a doctoral thesis titled Theorising the Relationship between Kalām and Usūl al-Fiqh: the Legal–Theological Hermeneutics of Sa’d al-Dīn al-Taftāzānī (d. 792/1390). Najah holds an M.A. in Religious and Theological Studies from Boston University and a B.A. in Islamic studies from al-Azhar University. She completed several years of traditional training at al-Azhar Mosque’s reading-circles, receiving ijāzāt in Shāfi’ī fiqh (jurisprudence), usūl al-fiqh (legal theory), ‘ilm al-kalām (philosophical theology) and mantiq (logic).
Her research interests include: the history and development of Islamic law and legal theories; fatwas and fatwa institutions; Islamic intellectual history; logic and dialectics; professional ethics and exegesis of the Qur’ān. She has contributed to academic and professional projects covering some of these interests. Najah has been a junior fellow at the Holberg seminar on Islamic history at Princeton University since 2015.
Dr Najah is primarily a lecturer and researcher at Cambridge Muslim College and also teaches a course on Logic and Kalām at Ebrahim College.