Oliver Leaman is a Professor of Philosophy and Zantker Professor of Judaic Studies. He has been teaching at the University of Kentucky since August 2000, and is particularly interested in Islamic, Jewish and Eastern philosophy.”. He has got his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1979.


  1. An introduction to medieval Islamic philosophy, Cambridge University Press, 1985.
  2. Death and loss: Compassionate Attitudes in the Classroom, Cassell, 1995.
  3. Evil and suffering in Jewish philosophy, Cambridge University Press, 1995
  4. History of Islamic Philosophy, ed. S. H. Nasr & O. Leaman, Routledge, 1996
  5. Friendship East and West - Philosophical Perspectives, ed. O. Leaman, Curzon, 1996.
  6. History of Jewish Philosophy, ed. D. Frank & O. Leaman, Routledge, 1996.
  7. Moses Maimonides Curzon, 1997, 2nd Edition ("The Assault on the kalam" reprinted in Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, vo. 76, ed. J. Krstovic, Gale Group
  8. Averroes and his Philosophy Curzon, 1997, 2nd Edition
  9. The Future of Philosophy: towards the 21st Century, ed. O. Leaman (Routledge, 1998).
  10. Key Concepts in Eastern Philosophy, Routledge, 1999.
  11. A Brief Introduction to Islamic Philosophy, Polity Press, 1999.
  12. Eastern Philosophy: Key Readings, London, Routledge, 2000.
  13. A Reader in Jewish Philosophy, ed. D. Frank, O. Leaman & C. Manekin, Routledge, 2000
  14. Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy, ed. O. Leaman, Routledge, 2001
  15. Companion Encyclopedia of Middle Eastern and North African Film, ed. O. Leaman, Routledge, 2001
  16. Encyclopedia of Death and Dying, ed. G. Howarth & O. Leaman, Routledge,2001
  17. Introduction to Classical Islamic Philosophy, Cambridge University Press, 2001
  18. Cambridge Companion to Medieval Jewish Philosophy, ed. D. Frank & O. Leaman, Cambridge University Press ['Introduction'] 2003.
  19. Lost in Translation: Essays in Islamic and Jewish Philosophy, Sarajevo: buybook, 2004
  20. Islamic Aesthetics: An Introduction, Edinburgh University Press, Islamic Surveys Series, 2004.
  21. The Qur'an: An Encyclopedia, ed. O. Leaman, Routledge (2006)