Mohamed Wajdi Ben Hammed
Lecturer, Islamic Philosophy
Mohamed Wajdi Ben Hammed’s research focuses on Arabic philosophy and literature, probing the relationship between the classical tradition and modern manifestations of philosophical and religious concepts in the intellectual negotiations of a postcolonial modernity. His dissertation, Mystical Temporality and Its Subject in Modern Arabic Thought and Literature, explores the various concepts of time in Islamic philosophy and Sufism and their reformulation in postcolonial Arabic thought. Employing a comparative approach, he puts into conversation the philosophical and literary works of Taha Abdurrahman (b. 1944), Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938), Abdelrahman Badawi (1917-2002), Hadi al-Alawi (1933-1998), and Gamal al-Ghitani (1945-2015) in their engagement with the Sufi imaginary of time within projects of theoretical translation, moral philosophy, and novelistic writing. His second stream of ongoing research focuses on the critique of the neoliberal condition in modern Arabic literature and culture, as well as the intellectual development of Arab Marxism. His work has appeared in journals such as Middle East Critique, Arab Studies Journal, and the Journal of North African Studies.