Racha El Omari

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Yale University. Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Arabic Islamic Studies
HSSB 3059


Racha El Omari is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara.


  • The Theology of Abū l-Qāsim al-Balkhī/ al-Kaʿbī (d. 319/931). Leiden: Brill, 2016.


Journal Article

  • ‟Accommodation and Resistance: Classical Mu‘tazilites on adīth.” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 72 (2012): 231–256.

Chapters in Peer-Edited Volumes

  • “Abu l-Qāsim al-Ka‘bī/al-Balkhī’s Doctrine of the Imāma.” In A Common Rationality: Muʽtazilism in Islam and Judaism. Proceedings of the First Conference of the Muʽtazilite Manuscripts Group, edited by Camilla Adang, David Sklare, and Sabine Schmidtke, 39–57. Würzburg: Ergon, 2007.
  • “Ibn Taymiyya’s Theology of the Sunna through His Polemics with the Ash‘arites.” In Ibn Taymiyya and His Times, Proceedings of a Conference Held at Princeton University, 8–10 April 2005, edited by Shahab Ahmad and Yossef Rapoport, 101–119. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Kitāb al-ayda: The Historical Significance of an Apocryphal Text.” In Islamic Philosophy, Science, Culture and Religion: Studies in Honor of Dimitri Gutas, edited by Felicitas Opwis and David C. Reisman, 419–451. Leiden: Brill, 2012.
  • “Muʿtazilite Movement: Origins.” In The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Theology, edited by Sabine Schmidtke. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • “Hishām al-Fuwaṭī.” Encyclopaedia of Islam, third edition. Leiden: Brill, 2016.
  • ‟Theology.” In The Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought, edited by Gerhard Böwering et al. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012.
  • “Beatific Vision.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, edited by John L. Esposito, vol. 1: 331–332. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Courses Taught:

  • RS 10D,E,F: Second Year Arabic
  • RS 148A: Advanced Arabic
  • RS 119F: History of Islamic Theology
  • RS 149H: Islamic Humanism
  • RS 84: Introduction to Islamic Civilization
  • RS 288: Classical Arabic Texts