Abed Azzam’s areas of study include continental philosophy, global intellectual history, and Islamic philosophy. He received his PhD in philosophy from Tel Aviv University. He was a visiting researcher at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, the Freie Universität Berlin, and an AKMI Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.
He teaches philosophy and critical theory at the University of Potsdam and Freie Universität Berlin. His book Nietzsche versus Paul was published by Columbia University Press in 2015.
Genealogies of Immanence:
Christian, Islamic, and Western Atheisms after the Death of God
Genealogies of Immanence undertakes a study of the ontological, epistemological, and political-theological configurations pertaining to the encounter of science, religion, and the political. The first part of the current project Christian, Islamic and Western Atheisms attempts to reveal the genealogy of modern atheism by showing how it is based in Christian theology and the ways in which it continues to reproduce its logos from within the very idea of immanence upon which modern science rests.
Secondly, building on the idea of Christian atheism, the project undertakes a comparative study looking at Islamic revelation’s configuration of the immanent in the tradition of Islamic atheism. Thirdly, the project follows the debate around atheism in the intellectual history of modern Arab thought in the first half of the twentieth century to register its role in the making of the opposition between the atheist west and the believing orient.