Simon Conrad


Forschungsprojekt: Return of the Spirit: Mysticism in Modern Arabic Thought, 1919-1967


2017 - present
PhD Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University Status: Candidate | Advisors: Profs. Max Weiss & Michael Cook | Generals (2019)
2015 - 2016
MA Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World, Freie Universität Berlin | 1.0
2011 - 2015
BA Hons Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge | 1st Class
2009 - 2011
Abitur, Freie Evangelische Bekenntnisschule Bremen, Germany | 1.1
2008 - 2009
International Student Exchange, Delhi Public School Jalandhar, India

Professional Appointments

Assistant in Research to Prof. Satyel Larsson, Princeton University
2015 - 2016
Research Assistant to Dr. Jean Druel, Dominican Institute for Oriental Studies, Cairo, Egypt

Scholarships & Awards

The Johnson Garrett '35 Memorial Merit Fellowship, Princeton University
University Fellowship, Princeton University
Shaykh Zayed Prize for Distinction in the Study of Islam, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge David Thompson Scholarship for a first in Arabic by Homerton College, Cambridge College Book Prize for receiving a University Prize by Homerton College, Cambridge
2012 - 2016
Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Scholarship sponsoring students of academic merit for pre-doctoral study
Martin Hinds Travel Fund, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge
2011 - 2015
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Scholarship for academic merit covering tuition and living costs during undergraduate study


PhD Thesis
Working title: “Mysticism, Spiritualism, and the History of Religion in Modern Egypt” | Advisors: Prof. Max Weiss, Prof. Michael Cook | in progress
MA Thesis
“Should a Philosopher Have Children?” | Advisor: Prof. Hans Hinrich Biesterfeldt | Grade: 1.0
Undergraduate Dissertation
“Muḥammad ʿAbduh’s Educational Philosophy” | Advisor: Dr. Paul Anderson | Grade: First Class

Invited Talks

20.10.2020: Seminar, Dominican Institute of Oriental Studies, Cairo — Mysticism Comes to School: Notes on a Work in Progress

16.04.2020: Jil Jadid Conference, University of Texas at Austin — Sufism as Nahda Erudition: Abū al-ʿIlā ʿAfīfī and the Making of Sufi Studies in Egypt and beyond (cancelled)

05.03.2020: MESAAS Graduate Conference, Columbia University, New York City — Reading Orientalism in Arabic: The Translation, Publication, and Reception of the Encyclopaedia of Islam in 1930s and 40s Egypt

21.02.2016: Seminar, Dominican Institute of Oriental Studies, Cairo — Al-Iṣlāḥ al-taʿlīmī ʿinda Muḥammad ʿAbduh (Muḥammad ʿAbduh’s Educational Reformism)

Teaching Experience

Assistant in Instruction, HIS 267: The Modern Middle East (Prof. Max Weiss), Department of History, Princeton University
2013 - 2014
English Teacher, University of Khartoum, Sudan
2008 - 2009
English Teacher, Red Cross, Jalandhar, India

Professional Experience

Intern at Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich, Germany
Intern at the Department for Islam and Religious Dialogue, Konrad-AdenauerStiftung, Berlin, Germany
Intern at UNESCO Regional Office, Khartoum, Sudan

University Service

2020 - present
Contributing Editor, borderlines (
2018 - 2019
Committee Member, Graduate Non-Academic Professionalisation, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
2018 - 2019
Member of the Board, Princeton Islamic Studies Colloquium
2018 - 2019
Graduate Student Representative, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
2014 - 2015
Founder and Co-President of Cambridge University Middle East Society
2012 - 2013
Student Representative on the board of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge


  • Englisch: Native
  • German: Native
  • Arabic: Fluent (Modern Standard; Classical; Egyptian & Sudanese Colloquial)
  • French: Advanced
  • Persian: Intermediate
  • Hindi/Urdu: Intermediate

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA)
  • Member, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes