S. (Sami) Al-Daghistani

  • PhD student

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2567
E-Mail: s.aldaghistani@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, LUCSoR
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.05C

PhD project

Re-readings of Islamic Economic Philosophy: Islamization Process, and Economic Justice in an Islamic milieu

Contemporary Islamic economics is, unlike its subsidiary Islamic finance, little implemented but hotly debated in the modern academic world. This thesis is an analysis of two conspicuous aspects of this debate. The first is that, according to most of modern thinkers, the notion of economic justice appears to be central to Islamic economics, but the concept as such is little used in their writings and deliberations. This can be explained by the fact that these thinkers situate their discussions in an Islamic juristic discourse rather than a philosophical, or Sufi-based economic discourse. The second conspicuous aspect of modern thinking on Islamic economics is submerged in the so called “Islamization of knowledge” process that aims to justify each domain of human action in Islamic terms. As a consequence, this process constructs a self-perpetuated economic narrative that does not primarily aims to provide for the social benefit of society as a whole, but rather aims to distinguish itself from other mainstream economic systems. Therefore a new reading and hermeneutics of Islamic economics is needed which will address the very core of economic understanding in Islamic thought. This thesis will show that the use of economic discourse within Islamic philosophical and Sufi context is not only more justified from a historical and epistemological perspective, but also will do more justice to the central themes of Islamic economics as presented by modern thinkers.

Specialization, field of interest

Specialization: Islamic economics, ethics, jurisprudence, Islamic intellectual history, Islamization process / Contemporary history of Iraq, Iraq and the 2003 invasion / Islam in the Balkans, Islam in Bosnia and Herzegovina


Sami Al Daghistani (1986) obtained double major BA in Sociology and Comparative Literature at University of Ljubljana. He spent one semester at Utrecht University (2007-08) and a year at the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Sarajevo (2010). In 2011, during the uprisings in Egypt, he studied Arabic language in Cairo where he worked as a journalist for Tribuna and Katedra. He has been cooperating with the Council of Europe, as well as with the Islamic community in Slovenia. In 2012 he passed advance course of Arabic in Rabat. In 2010 he edited a volume on the war in Iraq “The Liberation of Iraq” and in 2013 another volume on “Middle East and Islam”. In August 2013 he obtained ResMA in Middle Eastern Studies at Leiden University, specializing in Abu Hamid al-Ghazali’s economic philosophical. Since October 2013 he is a double-PhD candidate in Islamic studies at the Leiden University and WWU Münster. For the year 2014 he was a graduate exchange at the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University, Montreal due to his PhD co-supervision, and for 2015-2016 foreseen to be a PhD research fellow. Sami is also co-founder and president of the (post)graduate association of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies “Hikma” at Leiden University (2011-present). In 2014 he has been appointed a lecturer in Islamic law and Islamic Ethics  at Leiden University, and also for the newly launched LIOP program in Leiden. He is currently translating two books from Arabic into Slovenian – by the Andalusian philosopher Ibn Tufaly and the well-known traveler and researcher Ibn Battuta. Sami is fluent in Slovenian, Bosnian, English, German, and Bulgarian languages, he has been developing skills in classical Arabic language, and has basic fluency in Dutch and French.

Curriculum vitae

  • Bachelor (4+1), Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana (2011), Double-mayor degree: Comparative Literature and Sociology of Culture

  • Erasmus Exchange Programme:  Faculty of Social Sciences/Humanities, Utrecht, The Netherlands, (2007 – 2008), Cultural Studies; Cultural diversity and Identity; Philosophy of Knowledge

  • Faculty of Islamic Studies, University of Sarajevo (2010), Shi’a kelam and Sufism; Classical Islamic Philosophy; Arabic language; Turkish language

  • Merkaz Dawd, Cairo Egypt, February-June 2011, Certificate of Arabic language acquisition

  • Université Mohammed V Souissi - Faculté des Sciences de l’Education, Rabat, Morocco (June-August, 2012), Arabic Language and Culture Programme, Certificate of Advance level of Modern Standard Arabic

  • Research MA Middle Eastern Studies, Specialization Islamic Studies, Leiden University (2013); Thesis Title: “Imam al-Ghazali’s Perspectives on Economy, Ethics, and State in Islam” (graded with 9,0)

  • Graduate exchange at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University (January-May 2014). Courses: “Islamic Legal Discourses” (level 716), “Central Questions in Islamic Law”

  • Research Fellow at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University (foreseen for 2015/16)

Teaching experience

  • Fiqh and usul al-Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), BA level, Leiden University

  • Islam and Ethics, BA level, Leiden University,

  • Lecturer at Leiden Islam Outreach Programme (LIOP)

Publications, Papers, Conferences, Symposiums (selected)

Publications (selected)


  • Co-editor of 293. Number of Journal ČKZ (Journal for the Critique of Science / Časopis za kritiko zanosti, antropologije in moderne domišljije) together with Marta Gregorčič, PhD: “Osvobajanje Iraka / Liberating Iraq”. Datum izida 17.marec 2010 / Date of Issue: 17 March 2010:

- interview “Eden za drugim smo odhajali” / “One After Another We Left“;

- scientific article, “Dotakljivo življenje zgodovine” / “The Touchable Life of Iraqi History”;

- review, “Kaj je šlo ob razglasitvi  vojne na Irak po zlu ali vojna brez konca” / “What went to Ruin by Proclaming the War on Iraq”.

http://www.studentskazalozba.si/si/informacija.asp?id_meta_type=2&id_informacija=378 http://www.rtvslo.si/svet/cena-osvobajanja-iraka-1-3-milijona-zrtev/226239

  • Co-editor and author of Journal for the Critique of Science / Časopis za kritiko zanosti, antropologije in moderne domišljije) together with Mirt Komel, PhD, Primož Šterbenc, PhD: “Islam in Bližnji vzhodi / Islam and the Middle Easts“. (Date of Issue: September 2013)

Author of articles:

- Editorial: “Arabesque of the Islamic World, the Revolutionary Political Realities and the Meaning of the Slovene Readers”

- Scientific article: “The Qur’an, the Philosophy of the Arabic Language and Islamic Aesthetics”

- Scientific article: “An Islamic Model of Social Life: Legal and Economic Thought in Islam”

- Translation: Maurits S. Berger: “Western and Islamic Concepts of Religious Tolerance” (translated from English into Slovenian by Sami Al-Daghistani)

- Translation: Enes Karić: “Muslims, Christians and Jews Today – Neighbourliness in the Era of Globalization” (translated from Bosnian into Slovenian by Sami Al-Daghistani)

http://www.knjigarna-beletrina.com/knjigarna/ckz/islam-in-bliznji-vzhodi1/11713 http://www.smskupnost.si/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=747&Itemid=2


  • Literary Magazine “Otočje”, No. 8: Islam and Literature / Islam in slovstvo. (pp. 253):

- Article: The Qur’an, the Arabic and Islamic Aesthetics, p. 129-142.

- Translations from Arabic into Slovenian: Ali bin Abi Talib (Opis raja), Ibn  Tufayl, (Hay ibn Yaqdhan), Badr Shakr al-Sayyab (Pesem o dežju; together with Nabil Al-Daghistani), p. 158-175

  • Scientific article published in a peer-reviewed Journal “Poligrafi”: Contemplations about Reality, the Absolute and the Perfect Human Being – Toshihiko Izutsu's views on Sufism and Taoism (April 2014).

  • Scientific article: Al-Ghazali and the Intellectual History of Islamic Economics, ZIT Jahrbuch für Islamische Theologie und Religionspädagogik, “Islamische Gelehrten neu gelesen” WWU Münster, 2014/3

  • Scientific article: Semiotics of Maṣlaḥa and Islamic Economic Theory, International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (IJSL), published by Springer (forthcoming 2015) 


  • Translation project: Ibn Tufayl: “Hay ibn Yakdhan” from Arabic into Slovenian (forthcoming 2016), Publishing house KUD Logos, Ljubljana.

  • Translation project: Ibn Battuta: “Rihla” from Arabic into Slovenian (forthcoming 2016), Publishing house Skodelica kave, FDV, University of Ljubljana.

Conferences, guest lectures (selected)

  • University of Paris I Panthéon – Sorbonne, EUROPAEUM, Graduate Workshop: “The Arab Spring One Year on: What Next?” (22nd - 24th March, 2012). Europaeum Certificate for the paper “Uprisings in Iraq in 2011: The war of the Iraqi people”.

  • Oxford University, EUROPAEUM Graduate Workshop: “From Plato to NATO: communication, media and rhetoric in Europe” (7th – 10th November, 2012). Discussant at the conference.

  • NISIS (Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies) Spring School, Hammamet, Tunisia, “Din wa Dawla – State and Religion” (18th – 23rd March, 2013). Paper: “Encountering ethics and economy within the Islamic state in the writings of Imam Al Ghazali”.

  • NEPAS  Project, University of Minho – Braga, Portugal, Summer School on Democratization and Political Transitions in the Arab World: Actors, Challenges, and Policy Options for the EU, 16th-19th July 2013. Paper: “Democracy during the decade of stalemates – the case of Iraq”

  • International Literary Festival “Vilenica”, Koper, Slovenia, 10th-15th September, 2013. Literary Mediator for translation of contemporary Arabic literature into Slovene language (invited)


  • LUCIS, Exeter-Leiden Shari’a-Project, Leiden University (15th-16th November 2013). Paper: “Why bother with Islamic Law? Encountering Ethics and Economics in relation to Social Justice in Islam”

  • McGill East Asian Studies Graduate Symposium 2014; Expanding (East)

  • Asia: Movement, Territory, Exclusion (April 25-26, 2014). Paper: “Between Contestation and Expansion – Islamic Area Studies, Toshihiko Izutsu and Islamic Economics”

  • ADSAM Studienförderung für Islamisches Denken, DITIB Akademie 2. Forschungswerkstatt, 23.06.2014 - 25.06.2014, Cologne/Köln. Paper (in German): “Maṣlaḥa und Das Konzept der Sozialegerechtigkeit in dem islamischen Milieu”

  • Madrid, Spain, Summer school – “Gender in Europe: an unfinished Revolution”, 28th June – 4th July 2014. Paper: “Contesting the undesirable – The West, Muslim women and Islamic Feminism”

  • Sarajevo, BiH, IIIT Summer School – “Muslims in Europe: Challenges of Pluralism”, 23rd August – 7th September 2014,. Paper: “Maslaha and the Intellectual History of Islamic Economics”

  • Guest lecture (invited) “Ethics and Morality in Islamic Tradition”, Iqra, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 28th October 2014.

  • University of Exeter, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and Islamic reformulations project, “Reforming Islamic Legal Thought”. Paper: “Reforming Economic and Legal Thought in Iqtiṣādunā by Muḥammad Bāqir al-Ṣadr”, 25th November 2014.

  • Guest lecture (invited) “The History of Islamic Law”, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, 22nd December 2014.

  • Guest lecture (invited) “Islamic Legal Discourse” for the class “Politics and Islam”, LIAS, Leiden University, 3rd March 2015.

  • Guest lecture (invited) “Medieval Islamic Economics and its Impact” for the class “Global History”, University College Rotterdam, Erasmus University, 19th April 2015


  • Zois Stipend for talented students for double-major BA degree in Sociology of Culture, and Comparative Literature, 2006-2011

  • Slovene Human Resource, Development, and Scholarship Fund: Grant for language acquisition  at Markez Dawd, Cairo Egypt, March – July 2010

  • Ad Futura, Slovene Human Resource, Development, and Scholarship Fund: Full Stipend and Tuition fee Waiver for the Research MA in Middle East Studies at Leiden University, 1st September 2011 – 31st August 2013

  • Basileus Mobility Project: Full Stipend for MA in Arabic Language and Culture at Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo 2011 – 2013 (declined)

  • Outbound Study Grant, Leiden University Funds, Curator funds, (Leiden University): Grant for graduate exchange programme at McGill University

  • Full Stipend for PhD in Islamic Studies, 1st September 2013 – 31st August 2017

Last Modified: 11-12-2015