Department of Philosophy

About the Department

Since the establishment of the Aligarh Muslim University in 1920, the Department of Philosophy is engaged in research in varied areas of philosophy. The department has the distinction of being the only Department in India catering to the three streams of thought, viz Islamic Philosophy, Indian Philosophy, and Western Philosophy. The Department offers the three streams at the UG and PG levels and for pre-Doctoral, Doctoral and Post-Doctoral research. A number of Post-doctoral Fellows are the recipients of fellowships granted by the different government agencies, such as University Grants Commission (UGC), Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), Radhakrishnan Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Maulana Azad Fellowship, etc.


The Department has shown academic excellence in various fields of Philosophy. It has to its credit the publication of twenty books in the field of Islamic Philosophy alone, apart from scholarly books and articles, published nationally and internationally, in all the three streams. The Department has had more than 90 research scholars, including foreign students, who have been awarded PhD degrees in Metaphysics, Epistemology, Comparative Religion, Ethics, Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Islamic Philosophy, Iqbaliyyat, Existentialism, Phenomenology, Feminist Philosophy, Analytic Philosophy, Applied Ethics, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Religion, etc. Presently, there are about thirty-five research scholars enrolled and actively pursuing research in the Department.


The Department has organized many national and international seminars on contemporary and classical issues. The Department publishes an annual research journal of Islamic Philosophy, 'Aligarh Journal of Islamic Philosophy', which attracts international contributions from acknowledged academicians and researchers in the field. Recently the Department resolved to publish another journal, 'Aligarh Journal of Philosophy' with research articles from all fields of Philosophy. The first issue has already been brought out.


Some of the eminent faculty members of the Department include Maulana Shibli Naumani, Professor Thomas Arnold, Professor Zafarul Hasan, Professor M.M. Sharief, Professor M. Ummaruddin, Professor Zafar Ahmad Siddiqui, Professor Ishrat Husain Enwer, Prof. Jamal Khwaja, Prof. Waheed Akhtar, Dr. Noor Nabi, etc.