Adam Ali

Assistant Professor of Arabic Language
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4 Bancroft Avenue, Room TBD, Toronto, ON, M5S 1C1


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Warfare and military traditions in Medieval Islamic history
  • Medieval Arabic chronicles, biographical dictionaries, and documents 
  • Slavery and military slavery
  • Revolts, unrest, and violence in medieval Islamic societies


Dr. Adam Ali received his first M.A. from the University of Western Ontario in History. He received his Second M.A. and PhD from the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations in Islamic history at the University of Toronto. His studies focus on military slavery, warfare, military traditions, and revolts in the pre-modern Muslim world. He has taught courses on the Arabic language at the beginner and intermediate levels at the St. George and Mississauga campus and has developed advanced reading Arabic courses at the Mississauga campus. He also teaches courses on various topics and themes in Islamic history including warfare, revolts, and slavery.

My research and studies have been focused on warfare, military traditions, revolts, and violence in the pre-modern Muslim world. I currently teach course on the Arabic language at the beginner and intermediate levels and have taught a number of courses on various themes and topics in Islamic history.


PhD, University of Toronto