Faris Al-Ahmad joined Near Eastern Studies as an Arabic language lecturer in September for the current academic year. Al-Ahmad has previously taught Arabic at Columbia University and at Hunter College. Al-Ahmad earned his B.A. in Arabic-English Translation from the University of Damascus and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from The CUNY Graduate Center in 2010. His current research interests concern exploring and comparing the works of certain contemporary Sunni Muslim scholars that call for a comprehensive renewal of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence).