Abstract: After attending Professor Rustom’s advanced seminar on Ibn Sina
at Carleton University in winter 2017, doctoral candidate Soroosh Shahriari of
McGill University, Canada, “brought up the possibility of . . . [posing] some ‘hard’
questions concerning the contemporary study of Islamic philosophy.” Rustom’s
in-depth knowledge of the method and spirit of traditional Islamic education and
Islamic metaphysics helps us navigate the complexities inherent in the study of
Islamic philosophy in the modern academy. What follows is an edited version of
this interview, which took place in Ottawa, Canada, February 2017.