Faculty Profile 2

Dr. Yahya Haidar

Designation:Assistant Professor
Department:Science and Liberal Arts
Phone number:043712049


Yahya Haidar did his first degree in Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington (2005) and a Master’s Degree (Research) in Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney (Thinking without Religion, 2011). He then completed his doctorate at the Australian National University (The Debates between Ash’arism and Maturidism in Ottoman Religious Scholarship, 2017). He taught in Central Asia and Australia before joining Rochester Institute of Technology (Dubai) in 2016. He will take up an Academic Visitorship at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies in May 2019.

  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (2017), The Australian National University
  • Master of Arts (Research) in Studies in Religion (2011), The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies (2005), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
  • Lecturers’ Professional Development Grant (Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, 2017-2018)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (2012 – 2015)
  • John Cooper Memorial Prize for Best Postgraduate Thesis in Religious Studies (University of Sydney, 2011)
  • Islamic Intellectual History with focus on kalam; Arabic Codicology; Comparative Religion; Anthropology of Islam
  • Currently Dr. Yahya is working on a book about an eighteenth-century scholar and polymath from Iraq entitled The Life and Scholarship of Fath Allah al-Mawsilli of Darende.
  • Haidar, Yahya, “Belief in God and belief in the Existence of God,” The Philosopher, Vol. 100, No. 2, 2012.