Faculty Experts - Shams C. Inati, Ph.D.

Shams C. Inati, Ph.D.

Shams C. Inati, Ph.D.

Area of Expertise:

  • Arab/Islamic Philosophy, History and Civilization
  • Middle Eastern Politics
  • Islamic Positions on War, Peace and Justice
  • Western Misperceptions of Islam


Dr. Shams Inati's intimate understanding of the Arab/Islamic world makes her insights into the recent revolutionary changes in Middle Eastern governments particularly cogent. A specialist in Islamic philosophy and theology, Inati can delve into topics as wide- ranging as Arab/Islamic society and culture; Women in Islam; and Islam and modernity.


  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
  • M.A., University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A., American University of Beirut

Selected Publications

  • Inati, Shams, C., Ibn Sina's Physics and Metaphysics: Remarks and Admonitions Parts Two and Three, Columbia University Press, New York, 2014.
  • Inati, Shams, C., Islamic Philosophy to the Seventeenth Century, Blackwell Press, Oxford, forthcoming.
  • "The Place of Aesthetics in Islamic Philosophy," Journal of Oriental Studies, Vol. 46, pp. 37-51, 2011. 
  • Inati, Shams, C., ed. Introducing Islam Series, Mason Crest Publishers, Broomall, Pa., 2004.
  • Iraq: Its History, People and Politics, ed., Prometheus Books, Buffalo, 2003. 
  • Inati, Shams, C., The Problem of Evil: Ibn Sina's Theodicy, Global Publications, SUNY Binghamton, 2000.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Faculty, Villanova University, 1991-Present
  • Lecturer, Department of Philosophy/Department of Religious Studies/Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Fellow, Middle East Research Institute, University of Pennsylvania
  • Andrew Mellon Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

Selected Research

  • Organizing a series of conferences on the Arab/Islamic world, especially on the place of Syria in history
  • Contemporary Islamic movements in Lebanon
  • The concept of justice in Islam
  • The physics and metaphysics of Ibn Sina, remarks and admonitions

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