Dr. Syed Nomanul Haq is a historian, noted especially for his contributions to the fields of Islamic history, Islamic philosophy, and literature in Muslim societies. He has been a senior faculty member of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), and has now joined IBA Karachi as Professor and Advisor to steer its Social Sciences and Liberal Arts initiative. He has also held faculty positions at Tufts, Brown, and Rutgers, and is a member and advisor of several international academic bodies and institutions. His book Names, Natures, and Things – a work on the history of alchemy – has already appeared in two editions, published by Kluwer of the Netherlands. He is general editor of the book series Studies in Islamic Philosophy, published by the Oxford University Press, and is co-editor of a work on the science-religion dialogue, God, Life, and the Cosmos. Professor Haq has also been published in numerous periodicals and has contributed to several encyclopedias.
Dr. Haq studied physics as an undergraduate at Hull University, and then, at University College London, the history of philosophy and of science as well as Islamic studies. At the doctoral level, he went as a London University transfer student to Harvard, where he did his graduate work in the history of Arabic science, and Near Eastern languages and civilizations.