Fadlou Shehadi taught at Rutgers from 1953 until his retirement in 1994. He chaired the Philosophy Department at Douglass College for a total of nine years, and twice directed the Rutgers Study Abroad program in France. He is best known, in philosophy, for his pioneering work in the study of Islamic philosophy. His first book, Ghazali’s Unique Unknowable God (1964) brought contemporary philosophical acumen to the study of Ghazali’s work, and in his Metaphysics in Islamic Philosophy (1982), he broadened the scope of his work to metaphysical issues generally. His last book, Philosophies of Music in Medieval Islam (1995), was the first book on the subject. He was also a skilled and accomplished baritone, and gave many recitals in the U.S.A., Canada, Europe and his native Lebanon.
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